A live album represents, for many artists, a way to sum up or celebrate their careers so far. For others, like the British Blues/Rock collective King King, their 2016's Live album was, at the same time, a recorded statement of the brilliancy of their live performances and also a way to measure carefully what their next musical step was going to be.

Scottish guitarist, singer/songwriter and King King's band leader Alan Nimmo knew very well, prior to start recording the band's new studio album called Exile & Grace, the importance of creating the right balance between inspired songwriting, solid melodies and to allow plenty of artistic creativity of each band member, something that has become his trademark working approach through the years, on his next writing challenge.

2016 was a pivotal year in the making of one of the most respected, revered and very much loved rock and roll bands worldwide, the Nashville trio Simo. That year saw the album Let Love Show The Way catapulting JD Simo (guitars, vocals), Adam Abrashoff (drums) and Elad Shapiro (bass) to the attention of the entire music business, through a record that encapsulated perfectly the spirit, the musical message, the vision and the roots of a band embracing the 70's rock psychedelia with their own added personal, contemporary twist.

When Rise & Shine, the band's new album, was released in September 2017, some of their fans were initially taken by surprise by the expansion of the band's trademark sound, now incorporating elements of genres like funk, soul, roots and desert-rock.

 

There are times, when listening to a new record, that all that a music lover needs is just to press the "Play" button on his Hi-Fi and let the music flow. It's that magic that sadly happens very rarely nowadays, in modern music.

This kind of magic is what fortunately happens in the new album of the Texan-born artist Jarrod Dickenson called Ready The Horses, a record whose musical tones and tinges travel in the air as light as feathers, thanks to Dickenson's artistry. Recorded live onto a 2 inches tape in what would be, in modern music terminology defined an old-fashioned way, Dickenson manages brilliantly to capture, in the 10 songs included in the album, the power and the depth of his voice and the intensity of his songwriting style.

 

It must be wonderful and, at the same time, unreal to be Walter Trout in 2017. Unreal for all that he went through with his health, in later years, making a miraculous comeback to life (most importantly) and to music in an even stronger artistic shape than what he has always had throughout his whole career. Wonderful because Trout has just released a brand new album called We're All In This Together, a record of incredible beauty and musical depth. A record that doesn't just confirm Walter Trout as one of the most inspired and influential Blues/rock artist worldwide of the last five decades but it unleashes also a body of work of such high level of class that it should be left to posterity for many years to come as a musical cornerstone of the 21st century that linked three generations of Blues and Rock artists.

Originally intended to be called Full Circle 2, as a follow-up to his acclaimed 2006 Full Circle album which was jam-packed with Special Guest artists, as the new album is too, We're All In This Together is the 26th album of the American guitarist, whose artistic longevity seems to bring in his songwriting, his vocal delivery and his guitar playing a new found energy, something that Trout has been displaying constantly since the release of that modern blues/rock masterpiece that is Battle Scars.

If there was an album title that would have explained in a better way the magic moment that the American artist Samantha Fish is living right now, no other title would have been better than Chills & Fever, Fish's brand new album.

Two words that define perfectly the contagiously beautiful musical journey of the artist from Kansas City, Missouri, in an album that sees Fish taking a momentary step away from the Blues and Blues/Rock and embracing instead 60's and 70's vibes and atmospheres, all enriched by echoes of Northern Soul, R&B, Soul wonderfully executed by a performer at the peak of her artistry.

ARTIST: Black Country Communion

ALBUM: BCCIV

LABEL: J & R Adventures

RELEASE DATE: September 22, 2017

WEBSITE: http://www.bccommunion.com/

When the English-American hard rock group Black Country Communion announced reunion plans for 2017, it was clear to see fans were eager for another album based on comments posted to social media. "I love this band. Good to have them back." "Four geniuses." "...Thanks for everything you do for rock."

It is very refreshing, in this present time and age, to see an artist experimenting his music and take it to the next level as well as Jonny Lang does with his brand new album called Signs. Four years have gone since Lang's last album, Fight For My Soul, a collection of songs that, despite their quality, were not reflecting entirely Lang's musical vision and here we are, in 2017, with a new album that sees the American artist's music very much rejuvenated, reinvigorated and with a totally different and fresh approach to music than his last record.

There is the full army of Lang's musicianship into Signs. The American guitarist and singer/songwriter explores in his own way and through his unique style, the roots of the blues and driving it forward, either in more rock, soul or even rootsy territories thanks not just to his phenomenal talent as a guitarist but also by displaying some of the best vocals heard on any Jonny Lang's album ever before.

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