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James ‘Buddy’ Rogers – My Guitar’s My Only Friend (2012)

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James ‘Buddy’ Rogers is Vancouver-based blues guitarist with a long history of playing the blues. He has been gigging with a band since age 11, over 25 years ago. He is a veteran bluesman and his new album, My Guitar’s My Only Friend, reflects his lifelong love of the blues. The album features 10 original compositions by Rogers and producer Tom Lavin and showcase his blend of blues gained from years on the road and by legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the three Kings.

The album opens with the title track, a blues song with traditional lyrical content: somebody with nothing in the world. This type of blues song could have been in the canon of B.B. King 60 years ago, the lyrics are timeless blues. It is one of many traditional blues tunes on the album. Other examples include: “I’m On The Road Again,” “Disappearing Baby Blues,” “Sweet Little Girl,” and “Blame It On The Blues.” In addition to the fine lyrics, the guitar playing is top notch modern blues. The whole band is strong, but this is Rogers’ album and he is the star musically. He stretches out his playing on several cuts, only one song is less than three minutes and it is the best showcase of his playing, “Buddy’s Walk.”

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Scrapomatic – I’m a Stranger (And I Love the Night) (2012)

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scModern-day blues isn’t exactly a haven for innovation, and most of the time, it doesn’t need to be. It’s tough enough for true blues groups to survive in the contemporary era, so maybe it’s unreasonable to expect innovation from journeymen rockers like Scrapomatic. On their fourth album, I’m a Stranger and I Love the Night, the Minneapolis-bred blues duo deliver 12 solid, if unremarkable, blues-rock tracks that would make for satisfying filler on your local classic-rock radio station.

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Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell and Angels (Target Exclusive) (2013)

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JIPeople, Hell & Angels is an album of twelve previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix studio recordings. The album showcases the legendary guitarist working outside of the original Jimi Hendrix Experience trio. Beginning in 1968, Jimi Hendrix grew restless, eager to develop new material with old friends and new ensembles. Outside the view of a massive audience that had established the Experience as rock’s largest grossing concert act and simultaneously placed two of his albums together in the US Top 10 sales chart, Jimi was busy working behind the scenes to craft his next musical statement.

01. Earth Blues (03:34)
02. Somewhere (04:06)
03. Hear My Train A Comin’ (05:41)
04. Bleeding Heart (03:58)
05. Let Me Move You (06:50)
06. Izabella (03:43)
07. Easy Blues (05:57)
08. Crash Landing (04:15)
09. Inside Out (05:04)
10. Hey Gypsy Boy (03:39)
11. Mojo Man (04:07)
12. Villanova Junction Blues (01:45)
13. Ezy Ryder/ MLK Jam (Captain Coconut) (20:00)

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Gerry O’Keefe – Whatever Suits You (2013)

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Self-described “lifelong melody worshiper” Gerry O’Keefe is a veteran of the Chicago music scene, including a stint in the early 90s as the lead vocalist-guitarist of the power pop band, The Hideouts. At first listen, he seems to be taking a more laid-back approach on his new Whatever Suits You full-length CD. On closer inspection, […]

Donovan Woods – Don’t Get Too Grand (2013)

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Clever and engaging, clear and succinct, the music of Donovan Woods draws a listener in and asks you to take your coat off and stay awhile. An eviscerating singer-songwriter in the vein of Damien Rice and Iron & Wine, Woods invites us into his world through crafting meticulous tales full of triumph, rejection, and love. […]

Pete Seeger – Rainbow Race (1971)

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“Rainbow Race”, starting with a cover picture that shows him in his beard and sailing cap, standing with guitar in hand before a body of water, is very much the work of Pete Seeger the Clearwater captain. Not that he’s given up his usual concerns, however. That becomes clear as the music starts with “Last […]

The Last Bison – Inheritance (2013)

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The Last Bison transports listeners into the untamed heart of Virginia with sweet melodies and intricate instrumentation. These elements converge and yield the band’s self-proclaimed ‘mountaintop chamber’ sound. Channeling a rustic spirit through an artful amalgam of Folk, classical, and Rock, the group consistently sets itself apart. Ben Hardesty leads the Last Bison, and his […]

Tyler Jakes – Evil (2013)

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Jakes is now set to release his fourth album, Evil, on March 5, 2013. “Out Of It”, with its QOTSA feel and Foo Fighters-esque big chorus, is a supercharged opening number. “This Is A Robbery”, featuring the trumpet of Jason Marks (of Malamanya), feels something like the Pixies scoring a spaghetti western soundtrack. Minneapolis virtuoso […]

Boz Scaggs – Memphis (2013)

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Grammy-Award winning rock legend Boz Scaggs showcases both original songs and choice covers in his new album, Memphis  on 429 Records. Produced by Steve Jordan (John Mayer), Memphis was recorded at Willie Mitchell legendary Royal Studio in Memphis, where the late Mitchell recorded Al Green and other hit music artists. Joining Scaggs on Memphis are […]

The Replacements – Songs For Slim (2013)

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Paul Westerberg, Tommy Stinson, and Chris Mars of the Replacements have reunited for Songs for Slim, a covers EP to raise money for their former guitarist Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke last year. The EP features Westerberg, Stinson, drummer Peter Anderson and Westerberg’s touring guitarist Kevin Bowe covering Dunlap’s “Busted Up,” Leon Payne’s “Lost […]

Special Consensus – Scratch Gravel Road (2012)

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Banjo picker Greg Cahill has been leading Special Consensus for more than 35 years, and they’re still as eclectic and polished as ever. Cahill started the band to feature his take on roots music by blending bluegrass with blues, swing, newgrass, and country music. The current lineup features Rick Faris on mandolin, David Thomas on […]