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Fresh Biscuits! New Releases For April 24, 2015

It’s another week closer to summer even though it felt like winter here in the Northeast. there was snow in the air yesterday, but it was raining in my heart. I want to find Jack Frost and put the Double-Eyed Whammy on that little son of a sea monster. If anything can warm our winter crushed hearts it a week with a ton of new releases.

The new releases this week range from vintage British Blues to modern blue-eyed soul. there’s Delta blues via Netherlands, Acoustic porch rockin’, and plenty more. I can’t wait to hear Debbie Davies’ new platter. I always look forward to her new music. The most tantalizing this week though is the John Mayall archival release which includes the founding members of Fleetwood Mac – Peter Green, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood. remember when Fleetwood Mac was a blues band? Me either, it was before my time. But I have the records to prove it!  That great band grew out of the Bluesbreakers and now we have a great opportunity to hear how it all went down.

Have a great weekend and pick up some blues and roots new releases while you’re out there looking for Spring. To those readers having beautiful weather and plenty of warmth, we shall live vicariously through you so make sure you have some hot new blues for us to enjoy. Have a great weekend everyone!

John Mayall

John Mayall Live In ’67

Debbie Davies

Debbie Davies Love Spin

Tad Robinson

Tad Robinson Day Into Night

Nighthawks

Nighthawks Back Porch Party

Jimbo Mathus

Jimbo Mathus Blue Healer

James Harman

James Harman Bonetime

Carolyn Wonderland

Carolyn Wonderland Live Texas Trio

Gaye Adegbalola & Wild Rutz

Gaye Adegbalola & Wild Rutz Is It Still Good To Ya?

Deb Ryder

Deb Ryder Let It Rain

Hans Theessink & Terry Evans

Hans Theessink & Terry Evans True & Blue

Fresh Biscuits! New Releases For April 14, 2015

Recently, the record industry decided to give new release day worldwide consistency and they went with Friday. So, sometime soon all new releases will be available and in your greedy little hands a few days earlier, or a few days later depending on your point of view. It hasn’t happened yet, so until then we’ll keep putting up our list of bluesy new releases on Tuesdays.

Tuesday April 14, 2015 brings us a mishmash of blues related releases. Slam Allen delivers a stellar album, Feel These Blues. Sherwood Fleming brings you Blues Blues Blues, and classic rocker Randy Bachman serves up some Heavy Blues. Somehow this reminds me of the joke wherein you add the words “in bed” to any fortune cookie fortune. Maybe we should add “blues” to every album title. Beth Hart’s new album can be Better Than Home Blues, and the probable Albert King bootleg out today will become the Dylanesque title The Purple Carriage St Charles, IL 02-02-74 Blues. By now you’ve probably figured out that having Blues in the title of your album irritates me a little. I can’t really pinpoint why. Maybe it’s cheesy marketing, maybe it’s a throwback to the 30s and race records where blues songs all had blues in the title so people knew what style they were getting. I don’t know. Just stop. I’ve got the Blues In The Title Of Your Album Blues.

Two reissue/archival new releases this week are of particular interest. Omnivore Recordings has remastered James Luther Dickinson’s Beale Street Saturday Night project. For more info on this interesting historical document click here. The other is Canned Heat with John Lee Hooker Carnegie Hall 1971. This one is available on both CD and limited edition green vinyl and features liner notes by Dave Thompson with a brand new interview with Canned Heat drummer Adolfo Fito de la Parra.

Slam Allen

Slam Allen Feel These Blues

Sherwood Fleming

Sherwood Fleming Blues Blues Blues

Canned Heat and John Lee Hooker

Canned Heat and John Lee Hooker Carnegie Hall 1971

Beth Hart

Beth Hart Better Than Home

Beale Street Saturday Night

James Luther Dickinson Beale Street Saturday Night

Bachman

Bachman Heavy Blues

Albert King

Albert King The Purple Carriage St Charles, IL 02-02-74

Fresh Biscuits! New Releases From March 2015

March was a fairly quite month for new releases. Hopefully April will see more Blues music coming out as we head into festival season for 2015. What did arrive in March was fairly interesting though. Joe Bonamassa released a live tribute to Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, Danielle Nicole (aka Danielle Schnebelen from Trampled Underfoot) put out an EP featuring her first solo recordings, and Ian Siegal delivered The Picnic Sessions featuring impromptu jams with Alvin Youngblood Hart, Cody Dickinson, Luther Dickinson, and Jimbo Mathus.

Other artists who had new releases in March include Innes Sibun, Papaslide, Robben Ford, Doug MacLeod, JJ Grey & Mofro, and James Day & The Fish Fry. If you’re an artist and you put out a new album recently or you have one coming out soon, let us know and we’ll be sure to include you in our round up!

As always, we try to keep you up to date on the new releases, even if there aren’t many on a weekly basis. Once the new releases start rolling in we’ll be back to our weekly schedule instead of these monthly updates.

Innes Sibun

Innes Sibun Blues Transfusion

Papaslide

Papaslide The Deepest Pain

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks

Robben Ford

Robben Ford Into the Sun

Danielle Nicole

Danielle Nicole Danielle Nicole EP

Doug MacLeod

Doug MacLeod Exactly Like This

Ian Siegal

Ian Siegal The Picnic Sessions

JJ Grey & Mofro

JJ Grey & Mofro Ol’ Glory

James Day & The Fish Fry

James Day & The Fish Fry Southland

Fresh Biscuits! New Releases For February 2015

It’s new releases round up time again. This week we’re combining the last two weeks’ new releases because there wasn’t much for either one but we want to let you know about what’s new. It seems Steve Earle has joined the ranks of Blues musicians, at least for this record. Steve has always had a fair amount of Blues in his music so this one should be interesting. I never really saw Steve as a country artist; to me he is a roots rockin’ singer/songwriter and no matter the genre he always comes up with good music. Keep an eye out for this one. 

There’s also a great 1997 live set from Dave Alvin where he joined Gatemouth Brown, Billy Boy Arnold & Joe Louis Walker for a rousing Blues jam. Other archival releases include a Leadbelly box set and a Mississippi Fred McDowell live album with recordings from 1971.  Igor Prado Band with Delta Groove Allstars offers a set of collaborations including two songs featuring the late great Lynwood Slim performing Lowell Fulson’s “Baby Won’t You Jump with Me” and Paul Gayten’s “You Better Believe It.” There’s also brand new music from Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, and Little Freddie King. It’s not a big new releases list but there’s plenty of exciting possibilities for your ears this time around.

Steve Earle

Steve Earle Terraplane

Dave Alvin

Dave Alvin, Gatemouth Brown, Billy Boy Arnold & Joe Louis Walker Live In Long Beach 1997

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band So Delicious

Igor Prado Band with Delta Groove Allstars

Igor Prado Band with Delta Groove Allstars Way Down South

Little Freddie King

Little Freddie King Messin’ Around Tha Living Room

Fred Mcdowell

Mississippi Fred Mcdowell Live 1971

Lead Belly

Lead Belly The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

Shemekia Copeland Coming To F.M. Kirby Center

ShemekiaCopeland_Approved2Vocal powerhouse, Shemekia Copeland, will visit the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, February 20 at 8:00 p.m. as part of the “Live from the Chandelier Lobby” concert series. The Chandelier Lobby provides an intimate setting where the attendees can experience the passion and power of the musicians up close.

While only in her early 30’s, Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues music industry. She has already opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival, scored critics choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (The New York Times and The Times of London), shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, and has even performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. Heir to the rich tradition of soul-drenched divas like Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor, Copeland was presented with Taylor’s crown on June 12, 2011 at the Chicago Blues Festival.

Born in Harlem, New York, in 1979, Copeland is the daughter of the late Texas blues guitar legend Johnny Clyde Copeland. Ms. Copeland has recently re-signed with Alligator Records, the label she called home from 1998 through 2005. Shemekia is working on a new album with producer Oliver Wood and the new music is due in September 2015.

Her passion for singing, matched with her huge, blast-furnace voice, gives her music a timeless power and a heart-pounding urgency. Her music comes from deep within her soul and from the streets where she grew up, surrounded by the everyday sounds of the city – street performers, gospel singers, blasting radios, bands in local parks and so much more.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Kirby Center Box Office, by phone at (570) 826-1100 and online at www.kirbycenter.org.

Tickets Prices: $20.00 (advance), $25 (day of show), plus fees

Fresh Biscuits! New Releases For February 3, 2015

It’s time for another new releases listing. The new releases this week are a guitar blues extravaganza. I can’t wait to hear all these CDs! Tinsley Ellis has a new disc called Tough Love out today. You can read our review by clicking here. Beyond Tinsley’s fretboard fireworks, there’s Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King’s latest platter. I had the thrill of jamming with these legends a few years ago and while it went by in the blink of an eye I am forever grateful to them for inviting me onto their stage.

Bernard Allison is back this week with his funky fury and Jeff Michaels offers an homage to Texas Blues, which his website says came out last summer. Maybe this is a reissue too, or a wider release. Last up is a reissue of Kenny Parker’s 1998 record Raise The Dead. They seem to have renamed it during the reissue process, maybe to trick you into buying it again if you already have it. Maybe not.

Everybody get your air guitars out and be ready to boogie…

Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King

Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King Fat Man’s Shine Parlor

Tinsley Ellis

Tinsley Ellis Tough Love

Bernard Allison

Bernard Allison In The Mix

Jeff Michaels

Jeff Michaels Long Live Texas Blues

Kenny Parker

Kenny Parker Raising The Dead

Fresh Biscuits! New Releases For January 27, 2015

This week has a slim selection but some interesting new releases and reissues. We have brand new music from D.A. Foster, Brandon Santini, Billy Walton Band, and from the fringes of the Blues, Gov’t Mule. Reissues include Magic Sam’s final sessions and a box set of several Harvey Mandel recordings.

There’s a lot of great stuff here to enjoy this week, and Hell, if you bought just six new Blues CDs a week, you’d have 312 new CDs every year. Exciting isn’t it?

We hope you find something interesting for your ears in this week’s new releases.

Brandon Santini

Brandon Santini Live & Extended!

Billy Walton Band

Billy Walton Band Wish For What You Want

Magic Sam

Magic Sam Genius: Final Sessions

Harvey Mandel

Harvey Mandel Snake Box

D.A. Foster

D.A. Foster The Real Thing

Gov't Mule

Gov’t Mule Sco-Mule

Fresh Biscuits! New Releases For January 13, 2015

Well, the long winter break is over, the Holidays have passed, the eggnog bottles are empty and the credit card bills are coming in, but the new releases are popping back up. Hopefully you saved a few bucks to treat yourself to some hot new music this winter.

There wasn’t much in the Blues genre in the during the waning days of 2014, but now, in the second full week of 2015, there is a pretty good line-up of new Blues to start us off. There’s a new live album from John Ginty. This guy is an incredible keyboard player and has played on countless sessions. You may have heard his solo stuff on B.B. King’s Bluesville on Sirius/XM or heard him as part of Robert Randolph And The Family Band, of which he was a founding member.

The new Johnny Winter set brings together highlights from the Bootleg Series, a CD version of the Record Store Day vinyl release “Live Bootleg Special Edition” which is also a compilation of Bootleg Series tracks, and a third disc of rarities. The press release doesn’t say if the “rarities” are previously unreleased, except for two tracks they mention. If you’re not familiar with the Bootleg Series, this looks like a great place to jump in. If you have them all, it looks like a retread of stuff you already bought. I’d like more info on the third disc before I decide to buy it.

We hope you find something good in this week’s new releases to get your new year of Blues off to a great start.

Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter Remembrance Volume 1 (Limited Edition, 3-CD Set)

Eric Sardinas

Eric Sardinas Boomerang

Lightnin' Slim

Lightnin’ Slim I’m A Rollin’ Stone – Louisiana Swamp Blues – The Singles As & Bs 1954-1962 Centenary Edition

John Ginty

John Ginty Bad News Travels – Live

Grizzlee Train

Grizzlee Train Come Back Around

Glas

Glas From The Blues To Your Shoes

Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers

Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers Living By The Minute

 

Now, go forth and boogie!

Hot Biscuits! Our Favorite Blues CDs Of 2014

YearEndSleighFullOfCdsThe end of the 2014 is closing in and it’s been a great year for Blues fans. There was a ton of new albums this year. Some great debuts, terrific live albums, and a slew of interesting reissues. We at Blues Biscuits started this venture mid year and we’ve reviewed and covered a lot of great music since then. As most magazines do, we have compiled our list of favorite Blues CDs of 2014.

Our list is in no particular order, although I must say that for me, the album I keep playing over and over again this year is Dave & Phil Alvin’s Common Ground. It’s probably my favorite album this year in any genre. You can’t miss with these guys and their crack band covering Big Bill Broonzy. Phil & Dave singing and playing together is just as exhilarating as it was 35 years ago at the dawn of The Blasters’ career. If you didn’t get it yet, go get it right now or shoot an email to Santa and have him drop it in your stocking. If you already have it, you know what I’m talking about. Get a copy for all your roots and blues loving friends. You can find our review of the album here.

Thus, in no particular order, our 14 favorite Blues CDs of 2014:

 

Dave & Phil Alvin

Phil and Dave found Common Ground. Neither one wants to wear a pink bunny suit.

Jimmy Thackery

Whether it’s Jimmy Thackery playing music or Santa digging in his sack, the possibilities are Wide Open.

Indigenous

Time Is Coming for you to fill some stockings with this incredible album from Mato Nanji and Indigenous.

Chris Duarte

I’d gladly trade the 364 gifts from the 12 days of Christmas for one copy of Lucky 13.

Walter Trout

When The Blues Came Callin’ Walter Trout sang loud for all to hear.

Tedeschi Trucks Band

If you can’t decide on a last minute gift, TTB will help you with their Made Up Mind.

Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr. Live – This one will roast your chestnuts real good.

Rory Gallagher

Santa kicks off his yearly ride with an Irish Tour. With all the raw energy in this deluxe box set, Santa will be done a little early this year.

Allman Brothers Band

While Santa is away, The Allman Brothers Band will Play. All Night.

Shane Speal

Santa lets loose a Holler! every time he rides through the threshold of Hell!

Harpdog Brown

What It Is is a F&#cking great album from a guy who looks a little bit like Burl Ives.

Selwyn Birchwood

Don’t Call No Ambulance, just put the suit on and get in the sleigh.

Alexis P. Suter Band

You’ll find this in your stocking if you’ve been good, because Santa will Love The Way You Roll.

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That’s it Biscuiteers, 14 CDs from 2014 we keep going back to more than the others.

There’s still a sleigh full of great music to explore from 2014. What were your favorites? Share with us on Facebook and Twitter @BluesBiscuits.

Happy Holidays everyone. It’s a Festivus for the rest of us!!!

36th Annual Blues Music Awards 2015 Nominees Announced

BMAThe Blues Foundation has announced the nominations for its annual Blues Music Awards, which will be presented at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, on Thursday, May 7, 2015. The annual Blues Music Awards ceremony is the premier event for blues professionals, musicians, and fans from all over the world.

We’re glad to see many of our favorites made the list including Alexis P. Suter, Bruce Katz, Gary Clark Jr., Phil and Dave Alvin, and Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson. Receiving six nominations each are Elvin Bishop, John Németh and Sugar Ray NorciaRick Estrin and the Nightcats combined for four nominations in individual and band categories. Bobby Rush, Janiva Magness, The Mannish Boys and newcomer Jarekus Singleton each received three nominations. We saw Jarekus lay it down live this year and he is the real deal folks. Get out there and see him. We wish all the nominees the best of luck.

Tickets for the award ceremony are on sale at The Blues Store at www.blues.org. Blues Foundation members have the privilege of deciding which nominees will actually take home the Blues Music Award in May and will be receiving their ballots shortly. Are you a member? Join at blues.org.

The 36th Blues Music Award nominees are:

Acoustic Album
Hard Luck Child: A Tribute to Skip James – Rory Block
Jericho Road – Eric Bibb
Jigsaw Heart – Eden Brent
Son & Moon: A Tribute to Son House – John Mooney
Timeless – John Hammond

Acoustic Artist
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
John Hammond
John Mooney
Rory Block

Album
Can’t Even Do Wrong Right – Elvin Bishop
Living Tear To Tear – Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
Memphis Grease – John Németh
Refuse to Lose – Jarekus Singleton
Wrapped Up and Ready – The Mannish Boys

B.B. King Entertainer
Bobby Rush
Elvin Bishop
John Németh
Rick Estrin
Sugaray Rayford

Band
Elvin Bishop Band
John Németh & the Bo-Keys
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
The Mannish Boys

Best New Artist Album
Chromaticism – Big Harp George
Don’t Call No Ambulance – Selwyn Birchwood
Heavy Water – Fo’ Reel
Making My Mark – Annika Chambers & the Houston All-Stars
One Heart Walkin‘ – Austin Walkin’ Cane

Contemporary Blues Album
Can’t Even Do Wrong Right – Elvin Bishop
Original – Janiva Magness
Refuse to Lose -Jarekus Singleton
Hornet’s Nest – Joe Louis Walker
BluesAmericana – Keb’ Mo’

Contemporary Blues Female Artist
Beth Hart
Bettye LaVette
Janiva Magness
Marcia Ball
Shemekia Copeland

Contemporary Blues Male Artist
Elvin Bishop
Gary Clark Jr.
Jarekus Singleton
Joe Bonamassa
Joe Louis Walker

Historical
From His Head to His Heart to His Hands – Michael Bloomfield (Columbia/Legacy)
Live at the Avant Garde – Magic Sam (Delmark)
Soul & Swagger: The Complete “5” Royales 1951-1967 – The “5” Royales (Rock Beat)
The Modern Music Sessions 1948-1951 – Pee Wee Crayton (Ace)
The Roots of it All-Acoustic Blues – Various Artists (Bear Family)

Instrumentalist-Bass
Bob Stroger
Lisa Mann
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn
Willie J. Campbell

Instrumentalist-Drums
Jimi Bott
June Core
Kenny Smith
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

Instrumentalist-Guitar
Anson Funderburgh
Joe Bonamassa
Johnny Winter
Kid Andersen
Ronnie Earl

Instrumentalist-Harmonica
Charlie Musselwhite
Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel
Rick Estrin
Sugar Ray Norcia

Instrumentalist-Horn
Al Basile
Deanna Bogart
Jimmy Carpenter
Sax Gordon
Terry Hanck

Koko Taylor Award
Alexis P Suter
Diunna Greenleaf
EG Kight
Ruthie Foster
Trudy Lynn

Pinetop Perkins Piano Player
Barrelhouse Chuck
Bruce Katz
David Maxwell
Eden Brent
Marcia Ball

Rock Blues Album
Step Back – Johnny Winter
Goin’ Home – Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Time Ain’t Free – Nick Moss Band
heartsoulblood – Royal Southern Brotherhood
The Blues Came Callin’ – Walter Trout

Song
“Another Murder in New Orleans” written by Carl Gustafson & Donald Markowitz, performed by Bobby Rush and Dr. John with Blinddog Smokin’
“Bad Luck Is My Name” written and performed by John Németh
“Can’t Even Do Wrong Right” written and performed by Elvin Bishop
“Let Me Breathe” written by|Janiva Magness & Dave Darling, performed by Janiva Magness
“Things Could Be Worse” written by Ray Norcia, performed by Sugar Ray & the Bluetones

Soul Blues Album
Blues for My Father – Vaneese Thomas
Decisions – Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin’
In My Soul – The Robert Cray Band
Memphis Grease – John Németh
Soul Brothers – Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls

Soul Blues Female Artist
Candi Staton
Missy Andersen
Sharon Jones
Sista Monica
Vaneese Thomas

Soul Blues Male Artist
Bobby Rush
Curtis Salgado
John Németh
Johnny Rawls
Otis Clay

Traditional Blues Album
Common Ground: Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy – Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin
For Pops (A Tribute to Muddy Waters) – Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson
Livin’ it Up – Andy T-Nick Nixon Band
Living Tear To Tear – Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
The Hustle is Really On – Mark Hummel
Wrapped Up and Ready – The Mannish Boys

Traditional Blues Male Artist
Billy Boy Arnold
John Primer
Lurrie Bell
Sugar Ray Norcia
Sugaray Rayford