Evelyn Rubio is releasing her new album Crossing Borders. The blues-rock saxophone player and vocalist has teamed up with a host of A-list musicians, including Fulcher’s Phantom Blues Band buddies Mike Finnigan (keys), Tony Braunagel (drums) and Johnny Lee Schell (guitar), as well as former Spirit bandmates Al Staehely (guitar) and Mark Andes. Added to that mix are world-class guitarists David Grissom (John Mellencamp, Joe Ely, The Allman Brothers Band, Dixie Chicks) and Josh Sklair (Etta James). On this recording, the Houston-based Latina Ms. Rubio has a genre-expanding, soulful stew of blues, R&B, and rock to satisfy any musical [...]
Rebekkah Meldrum is a blues singer and songwriter based in Indiana. She grew up singing gospel music in church and fell in love with the blues after hearing Koko Taylor. She is releasing her debut self-titled album of seven originals. Her band churns out the vibrant blues sound as she sings the lyrics with confidence and impassioned dynamics. Meldrum’s songwriting is telling stories that are engaging and stimulate the imagination and memories of life experiences.
“Set Your Soul Free” begins with long-time collaborator Paul Holdman playing a bluesy chordal intro on the guitar with just the right amount of roto sound to [...]
Blues saxophonist, vocalist, and songwriter Scott Ramminger is back with a new album titled, Rise Up. This recording is Ramminger’s fifth record since 2011, and he is forging new ground on this one, where his previous studio discs have been filled with horn sections and backing vocals, Rise Up features only five players. The more intimate approach gives us a new perspective of Ramminger’s musical style. The band for the recording date is Ramminger on vocals and tenor saxophone, Wes Lanich on piano and Hammond B3, Shane Theriot on guitar, Paul Langosch on upright bass, and Emre Kartari on drums. Ramminger has this to say about the new album, “I set out [...]
The blues genre is a universal sound that resounds for all age groups, whether young or old the relatable music and situational lyrics are a soundtrack to daily life. Songwriter and vocalist Jan Cronin is one who has lived and loved the blues and on her new album Tell Him I Said Hello, there is no mistaking this is a labor of love and devotion. Tell Him I Said Hello is dedicated to Cronin’s late husband, “Lefty” Ken Howell, a well-known guitarist, harmonica player, singer, and songwriter, especially in their hometown of Nashville, TN. The album features several songs composed by Howell, along with a range of tracks that [...]