Meet Dr. Folkman: Folk and blues, alternative country, with a modern vocal quality that honors the Delta roots.

 From his biography~

Dr. Folkman - is the performance alias of Kevin Scott Feldman, a California grown product. His songwriting style reflects a mixture of influences, but is intended to mirror the depth of Dylan, the soul of Robert Johnson, and the individualism of the 90s music scene. Having played with a collection of musicians over the years, and while honing his craft as solo blues artist, he has regularly played such venues as the House of Blues, the Viper Room, The Good Hurt, and a cadre of other places in and around L.A.

Dr. Folkman is a collection of actual life experiences, communicated via the blues, wherein, our protagonist swears off his life as a doctor, in an existential moment, to chase a life as a blues songwriter.

Help contribute to the ideas that music is still a sacred place where artist's dream are realized, and good music still can be made for everyone to enjoy, check out and buy the album and truly help support the dream.

One Love and enjoy!!

From The Crew of Dr. Folkman


Meet Gallons to Ounces: Soulful popular rock, with vocals as smooth as Seal and Maxwell, highlighted by rockin guitar that builds.

From Their Biography:

Washington DC based, Gallons to Ounces, is made of Matt Cummings, Zach Miller and Tom Hatcher. With soul, jazz and rock riffs, they are the Hard Rock Cafe Rising, award winners of 2012. Influences and tributes include, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan and Tears For Fears.  





Stesha Cano

From her website:

Most often described as "the voice of Blue-Eyed Soul", singer-songwriter Stesha Cano's music is genre-bending. In her debut album, "Like a Bee", Cano shares her sorrows and victories. She invites the listener to share in her poignant love, subsequent heartache, and invariable triumph. Equally comfortable singing about love and devotion ("Glass Walls") and belting out you-done-me-wrong anthems ("Like a Bee", "I'm Sorry"), she evokes a range of emotion one can't help but be moved by. Like Stesha herself, her music is a dichotomy. Her lyrics are playful yet profound. For Like a Bee, Cano utilized the finest musicians to create complex layering and sophisticated progressions. Though the album features a full studio band including horns and auxiliary percussion, the songs are strong enough to resonate with live audiences when performed by Cano's powerhouse voice accompanied by only an acoustic guitar. From pubs to pavillions along the East Coast, Stesha Cano performs from her heart and sings from her soul.


Excerpts from their press release:

The swedish rockband GIRI are now releasing their second album Fidget. The first single,  "Lost and Found," has already been on rotation throughout radiostations in Europe. Fidget is a twelve track album and the songs are written, produced and mastered by GIRI. The Girisound is a perfect mix of analog synthezisers, distorted Fender jaguar and sitar. This time the band involved sitar player Stian Grimstad to add that extra feeling to the sound. GIRI are based in Stockholm. Their debut album was released in the end of 2006 and the singles "Do it", "Save Me" and "Shadow of A Doubt," where on radio rotation in USA, Sweden and the rest of Europe. GIRI started as a solo project, but after a few very successful performances, they got the reputation of being a great live band. The singer Andreas Jayasekera Lindbergh, introduced some songs for the drummer, Hasse Sj√∂lander and during the recordings of the debut album the guitarist Jonas Karlberg joined. When bass player Albin Johansson joined, the band was finally complete, and GIRI was born.

Visit their website here.


Kat Webb

From her website:

SoundCloud Link:

Kat Webb is an Austin, TX-born neo-soul and jazz singer. In May 2011, she released her debut album, "An Old Soul", a compilation of jazz standards and soul classics re-imagined for the modern listener, entirely in ANALOG. It was recorded in Brooklyn, NY where she has resided for the past several years. She has a degree in English from Yale University, where she also studied heavily in vocal music, earning top marks from Yale's School of Music and touring the world with Yale's youngest a cappella group, Shades (in which she became their Musical Director her junior year). She went on to become a member of the Singing Group Council her senior year, and a featured singer with the Yale Jazz Ensemble. Literally the same day of her graduation, she moved to NYC and began pursuing a career in entertainment. Her album release in 2011 also marked her debut as a solo performing artist, and since then she's been performing in venues all over the East coast, including the legendary Lenox Lounge, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club, Drom, and many more. The release of her upcoming album, "A Better Picture", will mark the first time Kat presents to her audience her own original music. It's sure to be memorable with co-producers Christian Ver Halen and Jesse Fischer on board, and Grammy-winners involved in its production. Big things are coming for this Southern Songbird!



Hart Turned to Familiar Face on Solo Project
Forty year-old songstress, Beth Hart, turned to familiar face on her upcoming solo project, Bang Bang Boom Boom. Kevin Shirley "Caveman" is popular amongst some of the world's finest rock bands like Led Zeppelin, Journey, and Dream Theater (to name a few). However, he is looked upon by the Joe Bonamassa fan community as "family." He has exclusively produced Joe since 2005, including all side projects with Black Country Communion and Beth Hart.

Beth came to know Joe around 2006 when she opened several of his shows in Europe.
In 2011, she provided vocals for the track, "No Love On The Street" on his album Dustbowl, and then collaborated on the full length record Don't Explain, a collection of old soul classics. It received high praise by the press, with subsequent nomination by Blues Music Awards for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2012.
Additionally, Hart guest appeared on Joe Bonamassa's Live From Beacon Theatre in 2011. Two numbers, "I'll Take Care of You" (Brook Benton) and "Sinner's Prayer" (Ray Charles), are definite show stoppers!!! The concert was filmed for DVD and is available at Joe Bonamassa's Official Website. What's more, "Sinner's Prayer" was included on Joe Bonamassa's "No Hits, No Hype, Just The Best," a twelve-track compilation CD released as part of special promotional package for the February 2012 edition of Classic Rock magazine.

The unofficial buzz word? 
Hart and Bonamassa are destined to work together on a follow up album in 2013. 
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Bang Bang Boom Boom is Beth's ninth album and set for release on October 8, 2012 in the UK. Distribution in the USA is planned in 2013. There are four episodes (webisodes) on the making of Bang Bang Boom Boom and one official music video. These videos give the listener a broad insight into the recording process and behind-the-scenes workings. Plus, mini interviews with Beth, Kevin and the hand-picked musicians on this project make it "must see" TV for avid music buffs.

Kevin Shirley says, "'s gonna be a classic. A very special record." One of the key things for him when producing is, he's got to like the music! Shirley says Beth Hart, "explores a bunch of different styles. A little different for her musically."
There is a bit of vaudeville, jazz and hard rock influences in Beth's writing and singing. "I think it's a great album."
Also appearing are session musicians, Anton Fig on drums, Arlan Schauerbaum on keyboards, and Michael Rhodes on bass. These are three familiar faces on many of Joe Bonamassa's recordings.

From what I've seen and heard so far, Bang Bang Boom Boom is going to be a smash hit for Beth Hart!!! I don't think I can wait until 2013 to get the CD, so I might just have to buy an import.
Yours in music,

Please look for other Beth Hart articles by Bluebirdreviews here.
For more on Beth Hart visit her website here.
Beth Hart's Facebook page can be found here.
Beth and Joe can be found here.

Photo and video courtesy of Beth Hart et al.

The Early Word: Fall Tour, 2012














Photo credit: Deb Hebert

Joe Bonamassa's three month long Fall tour kicked off in Singapore on September 17, 2012.
The early word: more acoustic tracks are added to the set list; a couple of standards reworked.

One fan posted on Joe Bonamassa's Forum 

The show started with a 20 minute acoustic set:

  • Palm Trees Helicopters and Gasoline
  • Seagull
  • Dislocated Boy (Tal helped out on this one)
  • Driving Towards the Daylight
  • Woke Up Dreaming

I was overjoyed to read about the expanded acoustic set, as Joe's classically trained technique and skill attract attention, visible here on  Woke Up Dreaming.  

Joe has previously remarked how he doesn't see himself as an acoustic guy. However, to satisfy his fans, he put together a mini acoustic tour this past summer, "Joe Bonamassa Band - An Acoustic Evening" and performed seven shows in Europe. A live concert DVD is planned for 2013.

This fan further stated:

No break, right into the bulk of the show.

  • Slow Train
  • Dust Bowl
  • Who's Been Talking
  • Midnight Blues
  • John Henry (used the slide during the theremin parts)
  • Song of Yesterday
  • Look Over Yonder's Wall - kind of a funky version
  • Blues Deluxe
  • Young Man's Blues - new and improved
  • Django/Mt Time
  • Encore
  • Sloe Gin
  • Just Got Paid

Most of the songs were quite a bit different from the last time I saw him here and in Atlanta this past fall. I'd say he played with a lot more finesse for lack of a better word.  Not that he lacked it in the past but there were moments that were more subtle and quiet.  Blues Deluxe was a good example but then he ripped it on Young Man's Blues the very next song.  Nice contrast.  Even Just Got Paid was quite a bit different.  It was all there but just changed up.  It is kind of nice to get to see slightly different versions of the songs.

So far, fan approval has been positive toward the changes, with many here in the USA hoping he doesn't change one more thing until they see him live. I take delight in Joe's ongoing maturation as a musician/artist and relish the musical diversity. He keeps me guessing on what's up next...

Yours in music,


For complete details on tour schedule, tickets, news, merchandise or how to join Joe Bonamassa's Forum, please visit

This came in last week, but I was saving it up, collecting "Things" I longed to tell you ... It's always things, isn't it?

Well, Paul Westerberg has released a new song!!!

As expected, Westerberg's soulful voice, prolific lyrics and sentiments once again, cut through the glare in your life.

This one brings you back to the reality that just maybe you can do things on your own and still be happy.

I digress, to the top of the porch, to the top of the wall! Download this song, it's a gift from Paul!


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