Monthly Archives: July 2015

Fresh Biscuits! New Releases July 24, 2015

It’s time once again for new releases. There are a few interesting items this week. First up is a hot new record from Albert Cummings. The first time I heard this guy I didn’t know any of his songs. He arrived at Bluestock without his band, grabbed a couple volunteers to back him up and took the stage by storm (kinda like what the hurricane did to Bluestock). I was floored. I’ve been a fan ever since. For his new disc Someone Like You on Blind Pig, he worked with famed producer David Z and labelmate Jimmy Vivino who leads the Conan show’s Basic Cable Band and has spent time in Butterfield Revisited. Don’t miss this one, especially if you’re a fan of guitar driven blues.

Celebrating Muddy Waters’ centennial is Muddy Waters 100, an official and authorized tribute album featuring pretty much everyone ever. It has John Primer, Billy Branch, Gary Clark Jr., Shemekia Copeland, James Cotton, Bob Margolin, Keb’ Mo’, Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter, Vincent Bucher, Leanne Faine, Tim Gant, Khari Parker, James Teague, Steve Gibons, Keith Henderson, and the Living History Band which includes Matthew Skoller, Billy Flynn, Johnny Iguana, Felton Crews, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith. I haven’t heard it yet but there’s a rumor that electronic drums were used on some of it. Why they would do such a horrible thing I don’t know, but hopefully it’s just a rumor. I thought I’d warn you anyway.

The latest Girls With Guitars dropped a little while back but we missed it, so in case you did too we included it this week. These are usually fun albums and spotlight talented young women making their mark in a male dominated world of guitar worship. I am one of those guitar worshipers and I always look forward to these sets. Eliana Cargnelutti, Sadie Johnson, and Heather Crosse are featured on this latest edition. Eliana Cargnelutti is an award-winning singer and guitarist. She has already shared the stage with the Crème de la Crème of the Italian blues scene and has also collaborated with renowned American jazz and blues guitarist Scott Henderson. At 18, Sadie Johnson may be the youngest musician ever on the Blues Caravan. This native of Bloomington, Indiana has proven equally adept at playing classic old-school country blues to modern-day blues-rock. Leading female artists like Samantha Fish and Susan Tedeschi have encouraged her commitment to the blues. Heather Crosse is also from the USA. She is a respected bassist from Clarksdale, Mississippi and her band Heavy Suga‘ & the SweeTones has appeared frequently at the world-famous Ground Zero Blues Club. This superb trio has upped the ante on future Girls With Guitars new releases for sure.

Beyond these, we have a new disc from Andra Faye & Scott Ballantine called Coulda Woulda Shoulda and the album Mighty Sam McClain was working on at the time of his death – Tears Of The World – with Knut Reiersrud. Lots of good stuff this week so I hope you find something interesting for your ears.

Albert Cummings

Albert Cummings Someone Like You

Andra Faye & Scott Ballantine

Andra Faye & Scott Ballantine Coulda Woulda Shoulda

Mighty Sam McClain

Mighty Sam McClain & Knut Reiersrud Tears of the World

Various Artists

Various Artists Muddy Waters 100

Eliana Cargnelutti, Sadie Johnson, Heather Crosse

Eliana Cargnelutti, Sadie Johnson, Heather Crosse Girls With Guitars

Fresh Biscuits! New Releases July 17, 2015

As of July 10, 2015, the day for new releases in the US has been changed to Friday to match the international new releases day. This rare instance of worldwide uniformity may help cut down pirating and will make music available at all outlets at the same time.

There have only been a few new releases from the world of Blues recently so here we present what has since the release day change on July 10. The list is eclectic and includes the third disc from the incredible Samantha Fish who is quickly rising through the ranks of blues musicians with her dynamic guitar playing, powerful voice, engaging songs, and authoritative stage presence. Lately she’s been incorporating cigar box and gas can guitars, adding a rustic rumble to many of her songs. Her slide playing is getting better all the time and she rips it up on the new disc Wild Heart.

Hammond B-3 wizard John Ginty is back with a strong new disc called No Filter. The title might allude to the fact there’s no filter when it comes to expressing himself musically. There is plenty of Blues on No Filter, but John takes listeners on trip around the musical solar system and stops at just about every planet. It’s another wonderful platter from this master keyboard player.

You may know Barry Levenson from his stint in Canned Heat, but Barry’s playing and writing extends far beyond the 15 minute boogie madness of the Heat. Barry is into old school tones and tunes and he concocts masterful musical excursions which perfectly suit his tasteful, sometimes delicate and always melodic playing. He plays things you wish you could play. Well I wish that, anyway. Make some time for The Visit and be prepared to pay attention while you sit back and listen to this sublime offering from a true master.

Speaking of master guitarists, Ronnie Earl returns with another celestial album. This time out, Ronnie’s already heavenly blues goes one step further into the universe with the addition of vocalist Michael Ledbetter from the Nick Moss Band on most of the album. The pair co-wrote the moving title track “Father’s Day,” a soul searching song of peace and forgiveness. The whole album carries a peaceful feeling and Mr. Earl’s playing is beguiling, spine tingling, and brilliant.

Beyond the big hitters is some interesting stuff like Blinddog Smokin’ and their funky High Steppin’John Lisi’s eccentric Shut The Front Door, and Erja Lyytinen’s powerful Live In London. That’s it for now. I hope you find something interesting for your ears.

 

Samantha Fish

Samantha Fish Wild Heart

Ronnie Earl

Ronnie Earl Father’s Day

John Ginty

John Ginty No Filter

Barry Levenson

Barry Levenson The Visit

Erja Lyytinen

Erja Lyytinen Live In London

Blinddog Smokin'

Blinddog Smokin’ High Steppin’

John Lisi

John Lisi Shut the Front Door

If you’d like to sample the music on these new releases, check out our Spotify playlist. If you don’t have a Spotify account, you can listen right here through our website.

Briggs Farm Blues Festival Info And Playlist

Briggs Farm Concerts is proud to announce another exciting year of Blues at Briggs Farm, Friday July 10th & Saturday July 11th, 2015. Nescopeck, Pennsylvania. 

For the 18th year the Briggs family will transform their tranquil, rural farm into one of the most celebrated & award winning blues festivals nationally, that keeps music lovers and festival goers alike wanting more, from the time the first guitar rings out Friday until the gates close Sunday afternoon. Two stages will host twenty one International, National and Regional acts promising the most exciting lineup to date.

Since its first year in 1998, “Briggs Fest” has been continually captivating and attracting larger audiences with bigger and better acts annually. Along with Mississippi Delta inspired cuisine and “farm fresh roasted sweet corn,” diverse, unique vendors, on-site camping, free parking and free hayrides… This year’s festival is looking to be the best yet.

2015 Briggs Fest is offering a Who’s Who of established & up and coming Blues Artists. Headlining the Main Stage on Friday night is Devon Allman, guitar virtuoso and son of legendary Greg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band. Musically described as Muddy Waters meets Sun Ra, Allman finds inspiration from a wealth of influences; Teeny Tucker, described by James “Skky Dobro” of Blues Blast Magazine as “…the best female Blues vocalist on the scene today; Alexis P. Suter Band is back on the Briggs scene with her commanding bass baritone artfully blending gospel and blues; Butterfield Revisited, lead by Gabriel Butterfield, son of legendary harmonica player, Paul Butterfield, takes the stage with seasoned music veterans to pay their mutual respects to Paul Butterfield, a true pioneer of the blues and 2015 inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Saturday night Main Stage performances include Headliner Danielle Nicole, a powerhouse vocalist of the new generation of blues and a 2014 Blues Music Award winner, with the Danielle Nicole Band; white-hot chemistry meets world class material with Mike Zito and the Wheel, ” His music flows into the veins and move the body in ways that can only be described as free and wild, ” says Jazz Review; last of a breed of 60’s high octane rock, the Slam Allen Band is real soul and blues entertainment from the Grammy nominated bandleader, lead guitarist and vocalist with blues legend James Cotton; go back in time with Terry “Harmonica” Bean and the Cornlickers and experience authentic Delta and Hill Country Blues.

The “Delta Style” Back Porch Stage is an intimate setting providing audiences the opportunity to get “up close” with performers from several different bands.It’s here on Friday, July 10th at 4:30, an educational observance of the Blues will take place called the Centennial Blues Celebration. Michael Cloeren, Award winning Founder & Producer of Pocono & PA Blues Festivals, will feature six influential blues artists who were born in 1915: Robert Lockwood Jr., Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Johnny Shines, David “Honeyboy” Edwards and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Cloeren will discuss their life and times, their stories and connections to the Blues, and a sample of their music will be performed by Teeny Tucker, Bobby Kyle and Lonnie Shields. It’s a proud part of the American story and Briggs Farm is thrilled to offer this truly unique event on the Back Porch Stage.

Other Back Porch Stage performers include Lonnie’s Back Porch Party featuring Lonnie Shields, young and talented Jessie Loewy, Ben Singleton, and the soul man Leroy Hawkes. Bobby Kyle, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats, Teddy Young and the Aces, and Hess & Owens, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Miner Blues, and Symphonic Haze.

Briggs Farm Blues Festival is unique! If you talk to anyone who has been to a “Briggs Fest,” chances are they have not missed a year since their first experience! This is because of the festival’s growing popularity with the international and national acts wanting to play the fest; Mississippi Delta inspired cuisine including farm fresh sweet corn, diverse, unique vendors, on site camping, free parking and free hayrides! Oh, let’s not forget about the great people and good vibes.

Briggs Farm also offers a “quiet camping area” designated for those who want to enjoy a calm relaxing weekend at the Briggs family’s welcoming farm. “The Woods” hosts late night jam sessions for those who are attracted to late night, post festival activities.

Briggs Farm is sure to provide you with a great environment and great friends making your stay at Briggs Farm memorable. When the gates close Sunday afternoon, don’t worry, there is always next year!

On Friday July 10th the camping area will open at 10:30 am, and the concert field will open at 12:30 pm. The following day, Saturday, July 11 the concert field will open at 12:30 pm, and on Sunday the camping area will close at 2:00 pm. The music goes till midnight each night.

For tickets and information please on to www.briggsfarm.com or call Briggs Farm Concerts. Telephone (570) 379-3342

^^^ The above information is from the official press release ^^^

We at Blues Biscuits have been to Briggs Farm about half a dozen times and it is always a highlight of the summer. There is continuous music on two stages which is a bit of a bummer because you will inevitably miss some great performances, but they schedule afternoon and evening sets for many of the second (Back porch) stage performers so you have multiple chances to see them all. The food is outstanding, the friendly laid back atmosphere is fantastic, and the grounds are easy to navigate. There is a short walk between the stages so you don’t lose much time when traveling to the other stage. Parking is easy, the staff is incredibly helpful and friendly, and the Briggs family are true Blues fans which shows in everything they do to ensure your enjoyment of the festival. I cannot recommend Briggs Farm Blues Festival enough. Make the trip, you will not regret it.

To get you familiar with this year’s lineup we put together a playlist featuring many of the artists performing this year. if you do not subscribe to Spotify, you can still listen to this playlist, and all our other Spotify playlists through our website.