There are many music artists in the big, wild world of music industry that are just content to release album after album in their careers following a formula which adapts best their musical skills and the expectations of their fans.


There are also (thankfully) some other artists that are not afraid to challenge themselves on each new record, willing instead to shake their trademark sound with a new and fresh approach to the genre(s) they play.

A live album represents always a special moment in the career of any artist. It's an opportunity for them to stop and imprint on a record the past and the present in the life history of a musician and feel the way in which their artistry has grown and developed through the years. 


Somebody that certainly knows how to pull off a live performance is the Louisiana Guitar Maestro Sonny Landreth, a phenomenal musician whose ability, not just as a guitarist but also as a singer and a songwriter, is so internationally renowned that all the biggest names in the history of blues and rock and roll wanted to work with him, from Eric Clapton to Kenny Loggins, from Mark Knopfler to B.B. King, just to mention few of them.

Some may call it "the new sound of Urban Blues" but to define Urban Blues a body of work like Blues Is The New Cool, the new album from London-based band quintet Kat & Co. is a big understatement. Where their 2013 debut album I Kat The Blues showed hints of a different and interesting method to approach and fuse together genres like Jazz and Blues, Blues Is The New Cool is instead a much more refined and mature work, with new layers of sound applied to a music formula that, with this second album, is taking definite shapes and forms.

Kat & Co.'s second album is the body of work of a truly solid collective. Chief songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Francesco Accurso provides lyrics of a certain depth about suburban life, sometimes bitter but fundamentally real. Lead singer Kathleen Pearson has got one of the most amazing voices of the British Blues & Jazz scene and she is able to translate, thanks to her impressive vocal range, Accurso's storytelling in the most truthful and passionate possible way. Federico Parodi, on keyboards and harmonica, with a strong musical background, paints with his melodies and through his artistry the necessary backbone to allow Pearson's phenomenal voice to be unleashed even further, especially when it comes to stripped-down songs delivered just through piano and voice. Nicholas Owsianka on drums and percussion and Marco Marzola on bass and double bass are two highly experienced musicians and their musical understanding is so in tune that it sounds like they have been playing together all their lives, on this record.

When in 2016 the British guitarist and singer/songwriter Dave Hanson released his debut album Almost Horizontal, the UK and European Music Press welcomed very enthusiastically the prospect of having a new creative force like Hanson bringing more artistic sinergy and ideas into Global Music.

Hanson's debut was a skillful and refined mainstream record that incorporated to its rootsy music formula different layers of sounds, from Rumba to Reggae, from 70's Glam to 90's Rock, still maintaining a very recognizable music trademark on its own.

ALBUM: Joe Bonamassa: Live at Carnegie Hall, An Acoustic Evening
ARTIST: Joe Bonamassa
LABEL: J & R Adventures
RELEASE DATE: June 23, 2017
ARTIST WEBSITE: jbonamassa.com

joebonamassaliveatcarnegiehallanacousticeveningThere's more to Grammy nominated, Blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa than a plethora of shiny Gibson Les Pauls and Marshall amps.  Bonamassa's an artist.  Driven by an insatiable appetite for the blues, he has put-to-the-test every six-string within grasp, in search of the holy grail in tone-- the one to match what can only be heard inside his head.  As for the music?  It's a personal journey that speaks for itself, as evidenced in a rapidly expanding solo catalog, of where instrumental and acoustic-infused songs are neatly sandwiched between progressive, guitar-driven melodies.  Joe Bonamassa: Live at Carnegie Hall, An Acoustic Evening is a career defining moment in the bluesman's professional life: it's another opportunity to keeping the blues alive for the next generation.

"This has not been the easiest specialty project," Bonamassa reveals in the behind the scenes clip, Journey to Carnegie Hall. "It fought us a little bit." 

The two night concert held on January 21 and 22, 2016 at Stern Auditorium's Perelman Stage was part of an all-acoustic (limited) tour that featured an all-star ensemble of world-class musicians including acclaimed Chinese cellist and erhuist Tina Guo, whose repertoire stretches from classical to heavy metal; and Hossam Ramzy, the Egyptian percussionist and composer, who has performed on dozens of film sound tracks and records, including Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's No Quarter: Unledded tour.  The band line-up also includes Reese Wynans (piano), Anton Fig (drums), Eric Bazilian (mandolin, hurdy-gurdy, saxophone, acoustic guitar, vocals), and three Australian vocalists, Mahalia Barnes, Juanita Tippins, and Gary Pinto.  Both performances were filmed and will be released as Double CD, Double DVD, Blu-ray and 3 LP Vinyl on June 23rd.  Fans will appreciate newly arranged renditions of timeless classics and never-before-heard new tracks.  Below, the official video trailer highlights a few of 15 songs offered in this recording.

 

It's somehow incomprehensible why somebody with the charisma and the talent of the Detroit's powerhouse Eliza Neals has not been signed yet by a major music label. Her 2015 album Breaking And Entering was welcomed as one of the top blues/rock albums of the year, deserving in full the many accolades received not just in the United States but also by the majority of the music experts and fans worldwide.

10,000 Feet Below, Neal's new album just released few months ago, is an ulterior, artistic statement of the versatility and the natural ability of the singer/songwriter on being able to switch music genres with great class in the blink of an eye, still maintaining a power of expression, both on her lyrics and her vocals, of an impressive level.

There are always big expectations coming from any music fan all over the world, when you hear that a band like Thomas Wynn And The Believers had been chosen, in the Florida's music scene, as best Rock Band and Country/Folk Band for seven consecutive years.

On their brand new album called Wade Waist Deep, even the most sceptic fan can understand why the collective from Orlando has received so many high praises from music lovers and worldwide press through the years. Their sound runs deep in the roots of Southern Rock but with a more contemporary twist, with lashes of Soul and R&B here and there making the musical offer from Wynn and his band sounding even more palatable.

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