In these days and age, it is very gratifying for a writer to review a Blues album that encapsulates the original values of the genre so well like Wasted Youth, the brand new album from American singer/songwriter and guitarist Mick Kolassa.

Written largely during the height of the pandemic in 2020, Wasted Youth is a heartwarming, disarmingly sincere and incredibly well structured record in all its aspects, in a year particularly difficult for the veteran American Blues artist, from a personal level.

There is something undeniably special, about the contemporary Hard Rock formula brought by Eric Harmon and Dustin Back, aka Reverend Jack, through their debut album called A Mile From Home.

After spending the last 14 months On The Road, prior to the beginning of the pandemic that has hit the whole world, Harmon and Back have been working solidly with some of the biggest names of past and present of Rock'N'Roll, from Foreigner to Jared James Nichols and Crobot, just to mention a few. 

The last 20 months of the history of the world have been and still are, every day, very heavy on all of us, from a mental, physical and social perspective, particularly, on millions of gifted music artists, brutally deprived of their main income and forced to lock their creativity and power of expression behind closed walls.

For one of the most gifted British multi-instrumentalists Blues singer/songwriters of the current generation like Eddie Martin, this has been exactly the kind of life that, regretfully, the British artist had to face, day in, day out.

It would be a great shame to leave behind, without tributing to it the deserved justice, a record of such strong and powerful musical and lyrical depth, like Break, from the American Singer/Songwriter Pamela Sue Mann.

Released towards the end of 2019 and self-produced by Mann herself, the record released has undoubtedly suffered, as many other hundreds of thousands of records worldwide, of the negative and often tragic knock-on-effect created by the pandemic that has severely hit the whole planet very early in 2020 on many levels, including the music industry.

One positive aspect about archives of music artists sadly no longer with us, it is that of having, every so often, some undiscovered gems emerging under form of records, to celebrate a special circumstance related to the aforementioned artists.

It is therefore very fitting that, to remember the tenth anniversary of the passing of one of the greatest Blues/Rock guitarists of the last half a century, Gary Moore, the record label Provogue/Mascot Label Group has released a record of Moore's never before heard alternative takes, deep cuts and a couple of previously unreleased songs from the Northern Irish Guitar Maestro, called How Blue Can You Get.

Moments in the history of the world like this we are all in right now and where we have all been for almost 20 months, have made millions of people realizing not only the importance of living the present in the best way possible every day but also opened up many different kind of fears.

The fear of not being able to do things anymore that we gave for granted, until now and also that of not being able to see people and places we love any longer, because of the new reality we are now living. 

It's common knowledge, within the music business, that a debut album for a solo artist or for a band, it can be often a case of make it or break it.

If that is indeed the case, the California-based Power Trio called Levara couldn't ask for a better record to start their music career then through their eponymous album, a record that combines catchy tunes, epic guitar solos, powerful drumming and vocal performances of strong impact .

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