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Unlike most aging blues artists who bring in special musical guests to revitalize their old songs, Johnny Winter took a different approach. He brought in an A-list of musicians to collaborate on a project that's near and dear to his heart.

Released September 8, 2011

Gentlemen Hall's six track EP "When We All Disappear," is filled with enough music to complete a double album in your mind. Each song is different and complex in its arrangements, harmonies and themes. When I first heard this band, I immediately thought of TV on the Radio, because of the depth of the vocals, the creativity that keeps pop on edge and ethereal connotations of the lyrics.

The old school soul man who played alongside Mick Jagger at the Grammy's this year was able to make the late Solomon Burke proud.

I picked up his album "The Way I See It," and one critique from another writer was that it was 'too Motown."

What can be bad about that?

I love the album because he is a solid representation of the soul sensibility, which I think in today's music, actually gives him a modern edge.

bethandjoewebBeth Hart and Joe Bonamassa

Record Label: J & R Adventures (Joe Bonamassa and Roy Weisman)

Release Date: September 26th UK and Europe; September 27th US.

Beth Hart (vocals)
Joe Bonamassa (guitar, vocals on "Well, Well")
Blondie Chaplin (guitar)
Carmine Rosas (bass)
Arlan Scheirbaum (keyboards)
Anton Fig (drums, percussion)

This is the band that was assembled for Joe Bonamassa's (2009) number one blues album, The Ballad of John Henry.

Black Country Communion (First Album)Black Country Communion first album

Released : (UK and Europe) September 20, 2010; North America (through J & R Adventures) September 21, 2010

Label : Mascot Records

Artists :Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham, Glenn Hughes and Derek Sherinian

From the BCC website :

"All songs are sung by Glenn Hughes, with the exception of Song Of Yesterday and The Revolution In Me which are both sung by Joe Bonamassa.  Hughes and Bonamassa share lead vocals on the songs Sista Jane and Too Late For The Sun. Also included on the album is a new version of Medusa, the classic rock song that Hughes originally recorded with his first band Trapeze."

"The Black Country" is a region in the Midlands, England. It got it's name, as legend has it, because of the industrial iron and steel work practice of coal burning. which made the area buildings and landscape covered with soot. In literature, the Black Country has been referred to as dark by day, but ablaze with flames at night, because that is when the coal burning would happen in the villages.

olgacoverwebNew Orleans blues singer Olga Wilhelmine Munding and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars and Hill Country Revue have teamed up to write and perform a contemporary pop album with an 80's feel. Olga's voice is a smooth blues vocal which has been compared to Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks and the alter ego of Paul Westerberg, Grandpa Boy. She was classicly trained and later heavily influenced by Jessie Mae Hemphill. Olga has a long history of music recording as well as acting, and involvement with cultural celebrations in New Orleans, through the Krewe of Muses. She is a founding member of the Jessie Mae Hemphill foundation in New Orleans.


nma_cover_smallThe North Mississippi Allstars: Keys To The Kingdom

Released: February 1, 2011

Songs of the South Records

This album is dedicated to Jim Dickinson, Luther and Cody Dickinson's late legendary father. He died on August 15, 2009, and a few months later, Luther and his wife welcomed a baby into the family.

Jim Dickinson was a blues pianist and session musician, as well as a producer. He was also a blues historian enthusiast to preserve the style of music specific to Northern Mississippi. He told his sons that production in absentia is the highest form of honor and they took this seriously. With strength, courage, faith and humor, this family looked death straight in the eye - because in their circle - life is celebrated hill/country/blues style.

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