Saturday, May 11, 2024

#682 : Alastair Greene - Standing Out Loud (

2024 – Ruf Records

Release Date : May 17, 2024


By Phillip Smith; May 11, 2024

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Alastair Greene is one of those artists I am always excited to hear new music from. He really does elevate blues-rock to a whole new level. In the past, Greene has worked with other favorites of mine such as Alan Parsons, and Sugaray Rayford. For his latest and eleventh solo record Standing Out LoudGreene has enlisted the extraordinary J.D. Simo to co-produce and engineer this off-the-chain listening experience.

The churning, driving rhythm of “Slow Burn” pulls me in tight for a tasty dish of ZZ-Top-inspired Texas blues slathered in a spicy slide sauce. “In Trouble”  is an incredible-sounding blues-rocker. If KISS played blues, this track definitely represents what it would sound like. It’s indeed a favorite. I love hearing that swampy slide guitar as it echoes out from “The Last to Cry”. Greene slows it way down for “Rusty Dagger” for an amazing listen where notes seem to hang in mid-air. His guitar-mastery absolutely shines on this one. A stellar cover of Rory Gallagher’s “Bullfrog Blues” brings this record to its finish. It truly is a smashing performance.

It's refreshing to hear such an unbridled approach to blues as Greene and Simo exhibit in this recording. It’s raw, it’s to the point, and it rocks.


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Sunday, May 5, 2024

#681 : Misty Blues - Silver Lining (


2024 – Guitar One Records

By Phillip Smith; May 5, 2024

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Silver Lining the fifth and most recent album from Misty Blues is filled with eleven amazing all-original blues performances. Celebrating their twenty-fifth year together, this Massachusetts-based blues band is led by vocalist and cigar box guitarist Gina Coleman, with Seth Fleischmann on guitar, Bill Patriquin on bass, Rob Tatten on drums, Aaron Dean on sax, and Diego Mongue on bass/guitar/drums/pedal steel.

Coleman’s angelic voice ushers in the listening experience on “Seduction by Blues” with guest harp player Ed Moran, lulling me in for a big surprise. The whole band breaks into a furious, feral delivery with crashing drums, swirling keys, and squealing horns. It’s downright amazing. Title-track “Silver Lining” slides in next with a cool, smokey fifties jazz vibe. Fleishmann tears off a searing guitar performance. The rhythm is cooking and Dean’s sax is so hot, it’s pert near volcanic. “Shake These Blues” is a vibrant southern soul rocker which brings to mind those songs I love from the Black Crowes. They way the band weaves a Latin influence into a blues-meets-jazz piece “Sofrito My Blues” is very intriguing. There’s a lot going on with this song and I find a new ear-catching morsal with every listen. With an infectious opening riff “Enough Lovin’ For Two” comes to life. It’s a big funky song with sultry vocals, hot guitar licks, and a steamy sax delivery.

Misty Blues takes big-band blues to whole new level with Silver Lining. It’s a terrific album.



For more information about Misty Blues, visit the website at


Available on Bandcamp


Friday, May 3, 2024

#680 : Ndidi O - Simple Songs for Complicated Times (

2024 – Black Hen Music

 By Phillip Smith; May 4, 2024

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I absolutely love the new album from Canadian musician Ndidi O. Simple Songs for Complicated Times, her sixth solo release swept me off my feet upon my first listen. It’s rootsy melancholy blues and bluesy melancholy roots are brought to life with Ndidi’s angelic vocals. Recorded at Steve Dawson’s Henhouse Studios in Nashville, the album features Ndidi on vocals, Dawson on guitar and pedal steel, Sam Howard on bass, Chris Gestrin on keys, and Gary Craig on drums. Backup singers include Khari McClelland, Dawn Pemberton, and Keri Latamir.

She leads the record off with “Get Gone” a blues-soaked anthem with a rocking rhythm, a taste of slide, and spirited backing vocals. It’s a great song to start with and sinks its hooks in me immediately. “Ode to Death” is absolutely unescapable. It’s not only a song, it’s an experience. Two of my favorite singers quickly come to mind when I hear this: Amy Winehouse and Lana Del Rey. There’s a little delta influence in “Light On”. I love the twangy goodness that coats the funky essence of this track. Country blues takes a spiritual path on “Change This Life” as it simply sinks right into the soul. I adore the Bonnie Raitt approach to “Too Late” and its spiritual, delta blues sound. I have to mention “Grief”. Ndidi’s talent of a writer shines excessively on this track. It’s quite an impactful song.

Songs for Complicated Times is certainly landing among my favorite albums of the year so far. I highly recommend giving it a listen




Available on Bandcamp


Tuesday, April 30, 2024

#679 : Lightnin' Charlie - Life (


2024 – Blue Chip Records

By Phillip Smith; April 30, 2024

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There’s a vintage Fifties sound that ties everything together in Lightnin’ Charlie’s latest album Life. Featuring eleven tracks, five of which are originals, Life was recorded at Woz Studios in Hamilton, Ontario and The Hit Pit in Johnson City, Tennessee. With Lightnin’ Charlie on guitar, piano, organ, clavinova, and vocals, the album features seventeen other musicians stepping in for various accompaniment.

Beginning with a really nice cover of Danny O’Keefe’s “Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues”, Charlie sings this smooth and warm with a lonesome cowboy approach. It’s a great song to break the album open with. With “American Eulogy”, Charlie takes a hard look at the state of the country today. I like the slight Johnny Horton vibe to this ballad topped with pedal steel. The guitar runs on “I Ain’t Playin’” really shine. I love the cover of “Everyone’s Talkin”. Originally written by Fred Neil the song was later recorded by Harry Neilson for the 1969 film Midnight Cowboy. Like a suave troubadour, Lightnin’ Charlie performs “Yours (Quiereme Mucho)”. His mastery of guitar and flawless voice take front seat on this one.

Lightnin’ Charlie’s Life is an interesting mix of songs with a really clean sound. It’s more than obvious, there’s a bounty of love and talent poured into this recording.   


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Monday, April 29, 2024

#678 : Nick Gravenites with Pete Sears - Rogue Blues (

2024 – M.C. Records

By Phillip Smith; April 29, 2024

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At eighty-five years old, Nick “The Greek” Gravenites is still creating music which sounds great. As a teen in Chicago during the early Sixties his musical brethren consisted of Michael Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield. Gravenites went on to become lead singer for Electric Flag and wrote songs for Janis Joplin, Pure Prairie League, Tracy Nelson, Roy Buchanan, Howlin’ Wolf and James Cotton. His latest album Rogue Blues contains seven all-original tracks with Gravenites at the mic, Pete Sears on piano/bass and Wally Ingram on drums. Guest musicians on this recording include Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica, Jimmy Vivino on guitar, Lester Chambers (Chambers Brothers) on harmonica and Barry Sless on pedal steel/acoustic rhythm guitar, with Keith Baltz on sousaphone, Willard Dixon on clarinet, and Roy Blumenfeld on drums.

I’m always excited to hear new musical material with Charlie Musselwhite manning the harp. When the album rolls in with “Poor Boy” and I hear that harmonica kick in along with Sears on the ivories, I am in my happy space. It sure emits a feeling of vintage Chicago blues. There’s a sophisticated finesse to “Left Hand Soul”, a beautifully played piano-centric track. Chambers guests on harmonica on this one. Gravenites masterfully creates new blues which belongs to a by-gone era with “Blackberry Jam”. It’s so wonderfully written. Baltz and Dixon on sousaphone and clarinet give the song a pre-war blues sound and it’s cool as hell. Musselwhite and Vivino step in on “Blues Back Off of Me”, and I feel every note sink into my being. Vivino returns for another favorite “Brown Paper Bag”. This country-folk drinking saga features Vivino on mandolin with Sears on piano, according, and bass. I definitely detect some Charles Bukowski inspired wino-energy spilling over. It’s a great song.  

Rogue Blues is a one-of-a-kind recording which fans of classic blues will surely love. I like it a lot.


 For more information about Nick Gravenites, visit his website at 

Saturday, April 27, 2024

#677 : Deb Ryder - Live and Havin' Fun (

Deb Ryder

Live and Havin’ Fun

2024 – Vizztone Label Group

By Phillip Smith; April 27, 2024

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Live and Havin’ Fun, Deb Ryder’s first live album and sixth overall, embraces the Blues and captivates me with her unbridled vocal performances. Written and produced by Deb Ryder and her husband and bass guitarist Ric W. Ryder, this fourteen-track album was recorded at The Mint in Los Angeles. It features all original material with two brand new songs which have not been previously recorded. Backing Ryder is Johnny Lee Schell, Tony Braunagel, Jim Pugh, Ric W. Ryder, Tex Nakamura, Alan Maggini, Lon Price and Paul Litteral. Special guests include Albert Lee, Joe Sublett, Joey Delgado, Artur Menezes and Big Liou Johnson.

Once the horns hit that driving R&B rhythm full-blast on “Fun Never Hurt No One”, I am totally onboard for the listen. The track certainly harkens back to that Sixties soul sound. Following up with “Enjoy the Ride”, Ryder keeps the timeline moving on to the later Sixties, when psychedelia and music melded together. It’s fabulous the way the harp dances with the keys and guitar licks on that pulsing beat and bassline. Her vocals are smooth as silk on the sultry and timeless “You Might Just Get Lucky”. I dig the funky “Get Ready” with its revolutionary message of love. I very much enjoy when Ryder slows it down for “Guilty as Sin”. The song is topped with a smokin’ platter of harp and is definitely baptized in the blues. The sound of horns adds a nice degree of brightness to “Coming Home”. They surely add to the sense of happiness and positive energy which freely flows off it. Blues and drinking songs have gone hand in hand for many years. Ryder has is all summed up in “Any Bottle on the Shelf”. As a bonus, Albert Lee steps in on guitar along with Johnny Lee,

Listening to Deb Ryder’s Live and Havin’ Fun is like having a mini blues party wherever you are.  It’s recorded live and it sure is fun.


 For more information about Deb Ryder, visit her website at 

Friday, April 26, 2024

#676 : Canned Heat - Finyl Vinyl (


Canned Heat

Finyl Vinyl

2024 – Ruf Records

By Phillip Smith; April 27, 2024


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For a band whose music spans nearly Sixty years, Canned Heat has sure had a good run. Their latest album Final Vinyl just leaves their fans wanting more. It really is a terrific album. Dale Spalding leads the group on vocals and harmonica, with original member Adolfo ‘Fito’ de la Parra on Drums, Jimmy Vivino (Tonight Show Band) on guitars,keys,vocals, and Richard Reed on bass.

Kicking off this eleven-track album is the very-fitting “One Last Boogie”. Knowing this is their last album, this song is a bitter-sweet beginning of the end. I love all the automobile references in “Going to Heaven (in a Pontiac)”. Spalding rips it up on harp and vocals in this classic-style original. The great Joe Bonamassa steps in as guest guitarist on “So Sad (The World’s in a Tangle)” for a cooking blues track. The rhythm section keeps this one diligently churning. The most unique song is an instrumental called “East/West Boogie”. I adore this adaptation of the theme for the Apple TV show Tehran. The track absolutely shines. Things heat up for “A Hot Ole Time” with Vivino ripping it up on guitar and Spalding wailing on harp. I absolutely love the slide guitar presence to the harp-heavy deep-blues track “When You’re 69”. This is what the blues is all about,

Like a fine wine, Canned Heat’s Finyl Vinyl gets better and better with every listen. It’s surely a record blues fans will want to add to their collection.




Sunday, April 21, 2024

#675 : Cryin' Out Loud - Play Loud & Smoke Often (


2024 – Cryin’ Out Loud

By Phillip Smith; April 21, 2024


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Play Loud & Smoke Often, the brand-new release from the Maine bluesters Cryin’ Out Loud is a smokin’ ten-track album of blues. It certainly grabbed my attention quickly and by surprise. The band, fronted by Brandon Stallard on lead vocals and guitar, is also comprised of Ben Chute on guitar and slide, Jim Fratini on bass, Erik Lawrence on saxophone, Mark “Bluesboy” Kanter on harmonica, Brooks Milgate on keys, Jeff Glidden on drums, and Amy Telllier on backing vocals.  With Grammy award winning guitarist/songwriter/producer Paul Nelson* at the helm as producer and additional guitarist, the record has a great sound.  

Cryin Out Loud ignites the fuse and lifts off with a burst of high-energy blues on “I Smoke Cigars and I Play the Blues”. Once I hear this song, I know I’m in good hands for a enjoyable listen. The electricity in the air remains strong as the life of a bluesman continues on in song with “I’m Gonna Drink My Way to Memphis”. Stallard’s whiskey-soaked vocals are perfectly suited for this ripping track where the band absolutely nails the performance. I love the Allman-esque jam on “Instead”. Nelson’s guitar performance is simply amazing.  “Tell Her” is sweetly steeped in a soul rock and masterfully takes an approach to the song which seemingly blends the sounds of Bob Seger with the Allman Brothers. As Stallard’s vocals kick in on “Moonshine Lover”, immediately following Lawrence’s big brassy blasts on sax, I’m taken back to the sounds of Bruce Springsteen with the E Street Band featuring Clarence Clemons. The big-band sound on this track surely makes for damn good time.

Crying Out Loud’s Play Loud & Smoke Often is loaded with stellar musicianship and brightly shines with glowing charisma. The album just gets better and better with every listen.




* Paul Nelson passed away March 10, 2024 from a heart attack


For more information about Cryin’ Out Loud, visit their website at

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

#674 : Wonderful Smiths - (self-titled) (

2024 – Wonderful Smiths

By Phillip Smith; April 16, 2024


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I was first introduced to the music of Wonderful Smiths in the winter of 2023 at the second annual da’Bluesapalooza in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The band played a stellar set of music, turning me into an instant fan. Wonderful Smiths are an Iowa-based blues-rock band which brings to the stage a high-energy show filled with excitement and a ripping array of songs. Fronted by Adam Springer on lead/rhythm guitar and lead vocals, the band is comprised of lead/rhythm guitarist Drew Hurn, bassist Nate Kofron, and drummer/percussionist Dustin Duwa. Their debut all-original release is a self-titled five track EP which certainly leaves me wanting more.

The record opens strong with “West Coast Turnaround”. Boasting fierce riffs and a fearless approach reminiscent of The Black Crowes, the song quickly sinks its claws in.  Emotions run deep on breakup ballad “Through the Night”. It is wonderfully melodic and boldly infectious. I love the power-pop guitar opening and soulful vocals on “Timing and Everything”. It’s a damn good jam. I dig the Seventies Rolling Stones vibe on “Getting Over”.  The EP ends with the relaxed, rootsy swagger of “Sunday Sound”. Beautifully performed and masterfully topped with slide, this acoustic track gives Springer generous space for his voice to shine. 

This is as strong as a debut recording can get. Wonderful Smiths prove they are indeed a force to be reckoned with on the music scene.


For more information about Wonderful Smiths, visit their website at 

EP available on BandCamp

Friday, April 12, 2024

#673 : Bernie Worrell - Wave From the WOOniverse (


2024 – Org Music

By Phillip Smith; April 12, 2024

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Funkadelic’s Uncle Jam Wants You was released while I was in my senior year of high school. I absolutely loved that album. It led me to record stores in search of more music by this wonderous band. Bernie Worrell (April 19, 1944 – June 14, 2016) was an integral part of the P-Funk family, and over the years his name appeared on many albums I purchased. Wave From the WOOniverse, a posthumous release produced by former Bernie Worrel Orchestra bandleader Evan Taylor is a double album set to be released on Record Store Day April 20. From unfinished works extending over twenty years old, the thirteen tracks on this album are brought to life by artists Worrell had worked with or had been friends with. 

After being lulled into the record with the piano-laced spacy “Intro (Reflections on a Bird)”, Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) guides the listener into the beyond with a motherlode of funk on “Distant Star”. To hear the Bootsy Collins’ voice break out in “What Have They Done to My Funk” absolutely puts a smile on my face. And for the win, the song also includes Michael Moon Reuben, Bootsy’s son Ouiwey Collins , and Buckethead who absolutely tears it up on guitar. Leo Nocentelli, Fred Wesley and Stanton Moore create a wonder funky jam with “Heapin’ Bowl of Gumbo”. It’s absolutely fantastic. With an intro that sounds like a long-missing instrumental of 2001 A Space Odyssey, “Re-Enter Black Light” eventually takes a high-tech turn into a pulsating space-age rave. Sean Ono Lennon appears on bass guitar for this hypnotic groove. I was overjoyed to hear Fred Schneider on “The Big WOO”. If the B-52’s ever joined with Funkadelic, this is what it would sound like. I’d love to hear an entire album featuring this musical two-fer which also included Marco Benevento on keys and Steve Scales on percussion. My heart skipped a few beats when I first heard “Contusion” performed by Funkadelic with none other than Eddie Hazel on guitar. This previously recorded and unissued Funkadelic song is a mind-bender. Wave From the WOOniverse comes to an funky heart-warming end with its title track. For the closer, Miho Hatori lends her rapping mastery with Sarah La Puerta on lead vocals and Steve Scales on percussion.

Wave From the WOOniverse is everything I hoped it would be and a whole lot more. I’ll treasure this album for a long, long time.  


Sunday, April 7, 2024

#672 : Linwood Taylor - Two Sides (


2024 – Zavuya Music LLC

 By Phillip Smith; April 7, 2024

 Original source :


There’s a huge retro-blues appeal to the new album from Washington DC area bluesman Linwood Taylor. Taylor, whose musical influences include Muddy Waters, Albert Collins, and Luther Allison recorded Two Sides live in a couple of sessions in 2021 at two different venues. One location featured five songs from the electric set, and the other featured five songs from the acoustic set. With Taylor mastering guitars and vocals, his band is comprised of Steve Wolf on bass, Joe Wells on drums, and Sol Roots on guitars and backing vocals.

The electric side begins with some party-infused Chicago blues as they roll out a smokin’ cover of Bonnie Lee’s “I’m Good”. With a rocking soulful riff, “Safe to Say” quickly draws me in. The energy reminds me of the Black Crowes in a way. The riveting swamp blues of Slim Harpo’s “Shake Your Hip” is a treat to hear. It is fearless and raw, just like the blues should be.  

The slide on dobro puts a smile on my face as the acoustic side starts with a timeless delta blues style original “Love My Baby”. This side heats up even more as Taylor takes on the classic “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” and makes it his own. For acoustic blues, a Robert Johnson track is a must, and Taylor does an excellent job of performing “Dust My Broom”.

Fans of real-deal blues will definitely want to check Two Sides from Linwood Taylor out. It’s as solid as it gets.   



Visit Linwood Taylor's Bandcamp page to purchase the recording.


Friday, April 5, 2024

#671 : John Primer and Bob Corritore - Crawlin' Kingsnake (


2024 – Vizztone Label Group
By Phillip Smith; April 5, 2024
Release Date : .Mar. 29, 2024

Original source :

There are not many artists around who instill Chicago blues authenticity into their music as Blues Hall-of-Famer John Primer and Bob Corritore do. Paired together for the fourth time since 2013, this dynamic duo returned to the studios and cut yet another fabulous album. Crawlin’ Kingsnake is the name, and it contains a dozen ripping tracks. With Corritore on harp and Primer on guitar and vocals, they are joined by bassist Bob Stroger, Jimi “Primetime” Smith on second guitar, Anthony Geraci on piano and Wes Starr on drums.

After the smoke clears from the opening James Cotton song “Take a Message”, their title-track cover of John Lee Hooker’s “Crawlin’ Kingsnake” digs its claws in deep. Primer’s experienced vocals and precision guitar are fantastically supported by Geraci and the rhythm section. Then they roll right into Willie Dixon’s “Down in the Bottom” with Corritore keeping the song barreling down the tracks on harp. It sounds fantastic. They bring the fire to “Hiding Place”, a Primer original from his 1991 album Poor Man’s Blues. The song absolutely cooks. When they hit B.B. King’s “Chains and Things”, they play it sweet and slow. This one really brings me into my blues zone. When the big entrance of guitar and keys on Muddy Waters’ “Rosalee Blues” kick in, and I hear Primer start belting out the lyrics, I’m gob smacked for a simmering delightful listen. I absolutely love their performance of Magic Slim’s “Gravel Road”. It’s a signed, sealed, and delivered favorite.

It's hard to beat the lineup of artists on Crawlin’ Kingsnake. This album is about as real-deal blues as an album can get. I highly recommend it,


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Saturday, March 30, 2024

#670 : Bex Marshall - Fortuna (


2024 – Dixiefrog Records

By Phillip Smith; Mar. 30, 2024

Release Date : Mar. 1, 2024


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Twelve years have passed since UK British Blues Award winner Bex Marshall released her previous record The House of Mercy. Her latest album Fortuna features nine all-original songs and one cover. Marshall’s guitar mastery combined with her wonderful raspy vocals and brilliant song-writing make for a captivating listen. The record is an absolute delight. With Marshall on lead vocals and lead guitar, her band on this album is comprised of drummer Richie Stevens (Tina Turner, Simply Red, George Clinton), keyboardist Toby Baker (B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Alexander O’Neal, Sinead O Connor), B.J Cole on dobro (Elton John, Coldplay, Sting, Shania Twain, Robbie Williams), Robert Eugene Daniels and Aurora Mannola on bass, with Queen Shola Adegoroye and Danny Bryan (Taj Mahal) on percussion.    

Riding atop a spirited funky groove, Marshall pulls me tightly in to the record with her cool-as-hell Tina Turner/Pink Floyd-ish cocktail “Preaching to the Choir”. A driving rhythm slathered with a delectable serving of swampy slide guitar and fearless vocals create a moment of pure listening perfection in “I Can’t Look You in the Eye”. Dining alone often draws a lot of wrong assumptions and unnecessary pity as Bex explains in her infectious tribute to the subject in “Table For One”. I love the jam-band appeal of the instrumental title-track “Fortuna”. Stevens keeps the song cooking on high-heat, as Marshall tears it up on guitar. In many ways, this track brings to mind a favorite band of mine Phish. Blues gushes out of every pore as she belts out “Lay Down and Die”. I love the closing track “When It’s Gone”. It brings the album to a freewheeling finish invoking the sounds of The Grateful Dead and Fleetwood Mac, creating a floaty atmosphere in a beautiful, lofty space.

Bex Marshall’s Fortuna is a top favorite of blues releases I have heard so far this year.  I highly recommend this record.


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Friday, March 22, 2024

#669 : Altered Five Blues Band - Testifyin' (


2024 – Blind Pig Records

By Phillip Smith; Mar. 23, 2024

Release Date : Mar. 22, 2024

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I was very excited to hear there was a new release on the way from Milwaukee’s hardest working bluesmen Altered Five Blues Band. This seventh and latest release Testifyin' absolutely cooks. With five all-original tracks of smokin’ blues, this EP is hitting the scene with quite an impact. With Jeff Taylor on lead vocals, Jeff Schroedl on guitar, Mark Solveson on bass, Steve Huebler on keys, and Alan Arber on drums, A5BB plays the blues with feeling and conviction. The EP was produced, mixed and mastered by Grammy award-winner Tom Hambridge. To sweeten the pot, the super-talented, multi-award-winning Jason Ricci also appears with harp in hand on three of the five tracks.

 Testifyin’ kicks off with “Don’t Tell Me I Can’t” delivered with a funky rhythm topped with a smokin’ guitar performance from Schroedl and a sweet horn accompaniment from Max Abrams on saxophone and Julio Diaz on trumpet. They roll into “Whiskey Got Me Married” a smoldering blues track that sounds great sung by Taylor’s husky voice. Ricci totally wails on the harmonica and sounds amazing. “Brand New Bone” is an outstanding track which seems to begin in the Delta and wrap up in Chicago. With Ricci in the mix, this track is a genuine winner. They slow it down to a gentle sway to sing about hard times in “I’ve Got Scars to Prove It”. Schroedl plays every note with an emotional approach. Testifyin’ wraps up in a lively positive light with “You Can’t Win (If it Ain’t Within)”. It is upbeat, uplifting, and a sheer delight to hear.

 Every song is a keeper on Altered Five Blues Band’s Testifyin’. It’s a record that I keep on heavy-rotation for a long while. 



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Sunday, March 17, 2024

#668 : Wylde Nept Live at the Ideal Theater 3-16-24 (


Wylde Nept – St. Paddy’s Day Party

Ideal Theater

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

March 16, 2024


By Phillip Smith; Mar. 17, 2024

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I always have a great time when Iowa’s favorite Celtic band Wylde Nept is onstage. If one can catch them on or near St Patrick’s Day, that makes for even more of a special occasion. With four albums under their belt, and over thirty years of playing live shows, Wylde Nept has cultivated a faithful following of fans. Comprised by Westan James (lead vocals/didgeridoo), Steven James (vocals/accordion), Jon Southwood (guitars), Wayne Twombley (guitars) and Lincoln Ginsberg (cajon), the band played to an absolutely packed house of folks eager to get their Irish on.

After a traditional community shot of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey and their trademark shout of “Sligo!”, the music commenced their three high-energy sets of music with “Haul Away Joe” from their Live in 3D album. Like the whiskey behind the bar, all the favorites generously began pouring out, such as “Whiskey in the Jar”, “Mountain Dew”, “The Unicorn Song”, “Beer Beer Beer”, and “Johnny Jump Up”.

The band was on fire and the fans were enthusiastic. It truly was a special evening of music and celebration.


 ·       All photos by Phillip Smith      

* all photos by Phillip Smith

For more information about Wylde Nept, visit their website