Charlie Musselwhite – Tennessee Woman

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The addition of jazz pianist Skip Rose gave a new dimension to the ensemble sound, and provided a perfect foil to Charlie’s own soloing — especially on the re-take of “Cristo Redentor,” extended to 11 minutes, shifting to double-time in spots. Rose’s instrumental, “A Nice Day for Something,” is a welcome change of pace, and Musselwhite’s “Blue Feeling Today” compares favorably to fine covers of Little Walter and Fenton Robinson tunes.

Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers – A Hill Of Feathers

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The daughter of a musically gifted minister, Hannah Williams AKA Deep Soul’s Funkiest New Diva was immersed in soulful music from the day she was born. Her first single, an independently released 45 on Mondegreen Records, reached out into the soul scene and drew praise from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Charles Bradley, Craig Charles on his BBC radio show and various labels and promoters. Within weeks of the DIY vinyl release, the London based 9-piece were snapped up by Italy’s renowned Record Kicks label. Whilst recording the anticipated debut LP, out October 15th, the outfit have made several trips to Europe to headline festivals and have wowed domestic audiences with a mainstage performance at Shambala and two consecutive headlines at Larmer Tree’s second stage.
Hannah Williams and the Tastemakers have become increasingly dominant in the domestic club scene; a highlight was their headline at the legendary 100club and a headline at Manchester’s Band On The Wall for the Craig Charles clubnight. They have become the go-to band for supporting big name acts like soul frontrunners Sharon Jones & Charles Bradley as well as hip hop legends like AfrikaBambaataa& The Sugar Hill Gang; a testament to the modern influence that goes into their groove making. In fact, the band often collaborate live with MC’s who are drawn in by the band’s instrumental work. A tour in May helped convert the band’s studio tightness into a blistering live show. The first single and video from the debut album is out on September 10th with a launch party on the 12th @ London’s Floripa venue. The LP, titled “A Hill of Feathers” will be out on Record Kicks on October 15th 2012 with an extensive tour booked in October and November.

 

Bo Marley – B Is For Bob

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Another Marley album… produced by Ziggy Marley!… for which he took the original masters of eight classic songs and revised the instrumentation and arrangements, even using some of his father’s alternate vocal tracks”It’s a very different vibe,” says Ziggy, “but still real Bob. It’s not like fake Bob. It’s still the real Bob…It’s Bob singing and I’m playing, like an acoustic session almost. Anything I did on this record is soulful and musical. There’s no gimmicks. I’m keeping true to the spirit of my father, to the spirit of his music.

James Brown – I Got The Feelin

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Simply put, this is probably one of James Brown’s all-time greatest, most consistently hot and funky records that he ever put out.
“I Got the Feelin'” released as a single in 1968 & it reached #1 on the R&B charts and #6 on the pop charts. It also appeared on a 1968 album of the same name.
The Jackson Five auditioned for Motown founder Berry Gordy in 1968 with a filmed performance of “I Got the Feelin'”, with the ten-year-old Michael Jackson closely mimicking Brown’s vocal style and dance moves…

Gravelroad – Psychedelta

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Psychedelta, the new album by the Seattle-based trio GravelRoad, is a primal, raw, hard driving, yet accessible album that presents the blues in a new light. It is rough and tumble psychedelic rocking blues. The album pushes and pulses from one track to the other, yet it never loses a consistent rhythm that can create a trance or a boogie with the grace of a slide, the thunder of the drums, or the scream of a blistering riff. With tracks like “Devil Eyes,” Keep on Moving,” and “In the Woods,” GravelRoad offers up sounds that are familiar but unique. They reach further and break new ground on tracks like “Caves” and “Deep Blues Theme,” while using “Nobody Gets Me Down (original by T-Model Ford) and “Furry” (an ode to the late Furry Lewis) to honor those that have come before them and serve as vital influences. Psychedelta is GravelRoad’s follow up album to Shot The Devil (Uncle Larry Records, 2008). It is a natural progression and culmination of sonic dynamism for a band that has steadily labored on their own music while also partnering with notorious blues-rebel T-Model Ford for the past 3+ years. GravelRoad has performed on multiple national and international tours and at numerous renowned festivals with Mr. Ford, including All Tomorrow’s Parties (New York, 2010), The End of the Road Festival (UK, 2009), the Vancouver Folk Music Festival (Canada, 2008) and the Deep Blues Festivals (Minnesota, 2008 and 2009), to name a few. Additionally, they have assisted the nonagenarian with his last two albums, the varied and critically acclaimed efforts, The Ladies Man (Alive Records, 2010) and Taledragger (Alive Records, 2011). The band’s energy, enthusiasm, and passion are present in all of their musical and creative endeavors. With a number of exciting opportunities ahead of them, the band is looking forward to making new associations and allegiances with like-minded music professionals who appreciate their music and their drive. GravelRoad has a mission: they wish to make music that is vital and relevant in the present, while acknowledging and participating with the musical history around them, and staying ahead of the curve as they move forward. Do you hear it?