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New Blues: Markey Blue Ric Latina Project — ‘Jumpin’ the Broom’

The Nashville based blues duo Markey Blue Ric Latina Project will release their new album in April 2022. Titled Jumpin’ the Broom, it’s a collection of original material with which vocalist Markey Blue and guitarist Rick Latina make it clear that they are profoundly inspired by the Memphis sound. My personal favorites are “Right Kind … Continue reading

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New Music: Ricci/Krown — ‘City Country City’

From the opening Hammond organ chords, your ears (and your soul) know they are in for a thoroughly satisfying, healing experience. New Orleans based harp player/singer Jason Ricci (multiple Blues Award-winner) and organ/piano player Joe Krown (an equally respected musician) are Ricci/Krown. City Country City, their debut duo album, delivers a collection of songs steeped … Continue reading

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New Blues: Val Starr & the Blues Rocket — ‘Healing Kind of Blues’

Val Starr & the Blues Rocket’s new album, Healing Kind of Blues, is a collection of original blues songs in a mostly uplifting, energetic style. You’ve heard of “Memphis Blues,” “Delta Blues,” “Chicago Blues,” and others. Val Starr delivers “California Blues” — an eclectic mix of traditional blues, West-Coast swing, and rock and jazz infused … Continue reading

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New Music: Mary Hott with the Carpenter Ants — ‘Devil in the Hills: Coal Country Reckoning’

Mary Hott has set history to music. Her new album soulfully conveys the tragic circumstances of West Virginia’s mine wars. It’s been over 100 years since those battles, but the toll of their economic and emotional violence lingers on. Devil in the Hills: Coal Country Reckoning uses a blend of country rock, gospel, bluegrass, and … Continue reading