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Goin' Home (Deluxe Version)
Goin' Home (Deluxe Version)
Price: 11.92

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Home, Kenny, 8 May 2014
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So, first ever recording back home in Shreveport, Louisiana - sounds like a good excuse to raid the influences and heroes archive, and that's exactly what Kenny & the band have done here; and invited some friends to sit in, friends like Warren Haynes, Joe Walsh, Robert Randolph.

But, this isn't self-indulgent, nor is it another mere covers album; the tracks have been recorded "live" in the studio, the old fashioned way, on tape with the original feel & vibe of the tracks coming through, though with the KWS stamp all over them. Kenny even takes on a few of the vocal duties, noticeably on the Muddy Water's selections, and while he doesn't come close to the power, he catches the phrasing almost perfectly.

The Deluxe version of the album has 3 extra tracks, the latter 2, Trick bag & Can You Hear Me revisiting his Louisiana heroes, Earl King & Lee Dorsey & Howlin' Wolf's 300lbs of Joy.

In short, this album is as much fun to listen to as it probably was to record.


Temptation
Temptation
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Great, 17 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Temptation (Audio CD)
So, RUF label debut from one of their most recent alumni and a much anticipated release. Thing is, I can't make my mind up about it. certainly, there's no doubting Laurence's playing ability, and I think Mike Zito has shoved his arm down Laurence's throat and pulled up a surprisingly powerful voice; combine that with a multi-Grammy winning rhythm section and guest spots by a couple of legend guitar-slingers and it should be a recipe for a great album.

But somehow I don't feel it. Things start off in fine fettle, with the charging Foolin' Me, but where Move On should echo that, for me it's at least 30s too long and I'm wishing it would, Move On. Walter Trout is on fiery form on the title track, and Aynsley provides some laser sharp licks to Wind Me Up. Summer Breeze is already a "live" staple, but I think It's going to take a "live" show and a few more playings of the album to bed it in for me. It may be that Laurence has made a stellar jump in his game and I'm lagging behind, but on a 2nd or 3rd play-through, aside from the Wind Me Up track, it's almost as if they're reaching for an "American" sound and leaving behind the British roots.

As I said, I can't fault Laurence's singing or playing, the songs are well rounded, the backing band is surely a dream; it should get 5Stars but I can only give 4.


Songs From The Road (CD + DVD)
Songs From The Road (CD + DVD)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The lady really sings the blues, and plays them too, 11 Mar 2014
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CD and DVD are a great document of Joanne in full flight and at her career height so far. I've watched Joanne for several years, and each time the envelope is being stretched more and more by her pressure cooker performances and her searing guitar work.

In recent years she has switched from the trusty Telecaster to the Gibson and more recent tours have seen her incorporate keyboards into her backing adding a richer tone and texture overall.

Good to see that Joanne's take on Manic Depression has made the CD, shame it couldn't have been on the DVD too, that's my only grumble, other than not being able to make the packed out Borderline for the show.


Far As I Can See
Far As I Can See
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Cool, 24 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Far As I Can See (Audio CD)
Okay, Matt's new album and it may be new label and new band, but with same ol' Johnny Henderson who is to the Hammond what Matt is to the Fender, it's business very much as usual.

Great band showcase, Oakville Shuffle and Matt takes the "safety" off on the epic Red Dragon, but every other song is a winner.

One thing's for sure, if you car's air-con is broke, or you don't have it - by this Cd and play, it's that cool.


The Stone House
The Stone House

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Gem, 11 July 2013
This review is from: The Stone House (MP3 Download)
Who??? - Alright, it's Ian Parker and a band of "misfits" by another name. This album is the end product of Ian's couple of years going round as acoustic singer/songwriter - so it's not "blues" as we know it, but being Ian, naturally it is high quality stuff.

A couple of tracks have already appeared on The Bare Bones album, but this sees them with some studio polish, some sparse electric guitar from Ian, keys and bass from old mates Morg Morgan and Steve Amadeo, drums not Mr. Proctor but Alex Thomas and some haunting cello (and backing vocals) from Beth Porter. Some really haunting stuff, Silent Void, The Lights, Halfway Home, Turning Into Night as well as Ian's "happy" song; Basket.

Ian has to be one of our most thoughtful, rootsy singer/songwriters as well as impassioned performers. Whether acoustic solo, duo, trio or with his band, his performances are stunning in understated power.


HOME
HOME
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The HOME Ranger Strikes Again!, 11 July 2013
This review is from: HOME (Audio CD)
We've been keenly anticipating this album for some time: watching some of the songs mature and develop on the road, and like a fine wine or single malt. Aynsley has refused to be rushed, crafting and polishing new songs on the road with his band. The end result; probably the finest 55 minutes of rockin' blues Aynsley has yet produced and most likely the best for 2013 - certainly set my benchmark for the year.

You've got 12 tracks comming at yer, kicking off with the monster "Home", which will probably have David Coverdale on the phone wanting to borrow: one of those rumbling slow blues shuffles beloved of vintage Whitesnake. Watchout for "Inside Out" - it's insidiously infectious, one that stays in my head after each listen as does "Insatiable". I'd put money on "Free" being highly rated in the future, this is new to the live set list, but one that's sure to be an Aynsley staple; great tribute to someone who must have been an amazing guy. "Feeling Good", one of 2 covers, doesn't have the OTT bombast of Muse's take, and is the better for it: the other cover being a contrasting, stripped-back, delicate James Morrison number. "Impossible", well, that's what you get for letting Andre tune the jazz stations while on the road; it's another song that will work its way under you skin; definite N'Orlean's vibe before shooting up the Mississippi for "Straight Talkin' Woman", and a stomping, sing-along finale. "Sugar" is another track that takes Aynsley back to his early roots; it started life as an improvised jam but has grown into another set-staple, tongue-in-cheek fun piece for the band to show their stuff. "Hyde 2612", Aynsley's tribute to a certain TV detective show, really hits that 70s vibe while "Broke", an observation on current times is 21st century blues. "Possession" is a song that grew from an incident at one of Aynsley's gigs and shows his keen eye for observing life, as well as his keen ear for a dynamite shuffle.

Without doubt, the most overtly "Blues" album Aynsley's done in the last 10 years, but without losing sight of the rockier side of more recent releases. Its as if he's taken the first 2 albums and the last 2 albums and distilled the very best from them. Having the road band in the studio has given everything a great crisp feel; you've not only got 4 great musicians in the studio, but 4 mates who bring the best out of each other. Andre's Hammond dueling with Aynsley's guitar is like listening to a lovesick tomcat duetting with a horny angel with Steve's bass adding counterpoint. Wayne Proctor demonstrating why he's the British "go-to" guy on drumstool as well as the producer's chair, only because Boneto hadn'd settled with the band at time of recording, but on the road, he's now the "Beats Master".

So many connotations you can make of the title: this being Aynsley's first self-labelled release, he's feeling pretty comfortable, life's good - but don't think he's just going to sit back and put his feet up, not with the 2013 tour schedule posted - but for now, just be glad - "Daddy's Home!"


Gone To Texas
Gone To Texas
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star from the Lone Star, 4 July 2013
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This review is from: Gone To Texas (Audio CD)
I've been a fan of this guy since first hearing Pearl River and consider him the backbone among the talent in Royal Southern Brotherhood - from where Devon Allman and Cyril Neville share a track each on here. This though, has to be Mike Zito's creative highpoint, though in true Blues fashion, it's an album about his life's low point.

At times, it's raw; as raw as an open wound; other times, the sound is desolate. Then, as for recovering junkie, there's redemption, but never rejoicing; there's a feeling on the album that while life has taken an upswing and is looking good, its still fragile and could turn to dust any day.

This is a blues album for the 21st Century, no bones about that and I would stand it up against the best of Springsteen in terms of open, honest lyricism.


Try Anything Twice
Try Anything Twice

4.0 out of 5 stars Try this, 3 July 2013
This review is from: Try Anything Twice (Audio CD)
This is a hot slice of rough, garage R'n'B from the frantic five; and a treat for the ears mixing originals and interesting covers like Bo Diddley's Cadillac, Bill Haley's Rock This Joint, Slim Harpo's King Bee and a gem of a cover, Psychotic Reaction by 60s band Count 5. This mix gives the album a "psycho-billy" edge. And finally, a harmonica showcase of Suzie Miller's Bye Bye Bird

Of the originals, Meandering Man has a Southern rock flavour, not unlike Ramblin' Man, Down `n' Dirty drives along, more psycho-billy; In My World has a smoother, jazzier feel, but still bites. Moneys Tight is timely commentary on the day, and the driving tracks, Try Anything Twice and You Can't Hit A Woman and the rich blues of Waiting.

Yeah, you'll be trying this, way more than twice......


Jock's Juke Joint Vol. 3
Jock's Juke Joint Vol. 3
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Price: 11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The very best of Scotland's Blues, 2 July 2013
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Once again, the JJJ team have pulled out the cream of what seems to be a bottomless reservoir of contemporary blues music on offer in Scotland. The only thing that matches the sheer quality of the 18 artists assembled for this final collection is once again, the sheer range and depth of the music on offer; from young Lewis Hamilton's Rory Gallagher-evoking raw slide, through to the heart-wrenching torch blues of Linda Jaxson, the Feelgood stomping of The Stumble to the boundary pushing cello - yes cello! of Calum Ingram and the 50s tone of Brian Carpy. This is a musical journey through Scotland that you won't want to get off: unless you're somewhere are one or more of these bands are playing.

This collection is dedicated to the memories of Laurie Hamilton and (Big) George Ross Watt; their spirits must be resting happy; not only has their legacy been taken up by these new bands, but that its being built upon and explored further.


Electrickery
Electrickery
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4.0 out of 5 stars Causin' sparks, 21 Jun 2013
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Here's a rocking debut release that will appeal to all lovers of the `power trio' . . . The Russ Tippins Electric Band, who, on "Electrickery" deliver ten tracks, all original, bar one Jimi Hendrix cover; actually make that 11 tracks, with a hidden gem at the end of `pedal to the floor' blues rock, that has already gained the band a most favourable review in "Classic Rock" magazine.

The band comprises of Russ Tippins himself on guitar and vocals, and the thundering rhythm section of John Dawson (bass) and Ian Halford (drums), who have played together for five years in two different outfits. This looks like a well-organised outfit, from fine production of the music (recorded at Cluny Studios in Newcastle). The band have yet to strike out from their native North East, being a rock band in a blues band world, but they finding gigs outside of their home turf.

Kicking off, a blazing cover of a rare Jimi Hendrix gem, "Freedom", admirably very well done here. The rest of the songs are all written by Russ Tippins, starting with the SRV-influenced driving blues rocker "Little Josephine", fired by his expressive voice, blistering soloing and the top rhythm section. "Comeuppance" has a deceptively gentle intro before this slide-driven rocker kicks into life, with the pace genuinely taken down on the lovely "She's Gone" with some very tasteful licks from Tippins on this ballad.

"Number Thirteen" rocks hard and would sit easily in the British classic rock field; the following "This Building's On Fire" is a breakneck boogie with some delicious guitar playing, and is already a favourite, being absolutely belting live! "Chuck It" is a mid-tempo rocker, which is followed by the title cut, "Electrickery", a pure showcase for Russ Tippins guitar work, marrying Allman with Santana sounds and which rides along on a nice groove.

The listed closing "Indy Boogie", with what sounds like a snatch of AC/DC thrown in for good measure, is a fitting rocking closer to a most enjoyable release, with a `hidden' bonus track, a rousing cover of Led Zeppelin's "The Lemon Song", proving you can take the boy out the Led Zepp tribute, but not the Led Zepp out the boy.


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