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Rory Block pays tribute to Bukka White, one of the most influential country blues artists in history. She brings the soul and meaning of Bukka White's songs to life, as if heard for the first time since they were written and performed by the man himself.
With her sixth album, jazz vocalist Catherine Russell journeys to the blues-tinged heart of the great African-American songbook. She channels the golden age of Harlem while finding inspiration from Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, and more.
Blues rocker Mike Zito's second release since leaving the mighty Royal Southern Brotherhood was recorded completely live and reflects his influences from Muddy Waters to Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Harvey Mandel played with Canned Heat, John Mayall and the Rolling Stones, and released solo albums on the Phillips and Janus labels in the 70s. Considered one of the most innovative and influential blues-rock guitarists, he has played on stage in the past few years with Bob Dylan and Gregg Allman. Snake Pit was recorded at Fantasy Studios with musicians who have played with Ryley Walker and Sun Kil Moon.
Austin-based experimental/avant-garde blues band Churchwood continue their streak of winning albums with Hex City, their fourth full-length release. The album is alternately sardonic and playful with tunes including One Big White Nightmare,Hainted and Sag. Churchwood is recommended for those who favor artists such as Captain Beefheart, Nick Cave and Tom Waits who push the lyrical and musical boundaries of the blues form.
Cee Cee James pushes the Roots/Blues envelope with her latest release where she takes listeners through a variety of emotions including extreme darkness but ultimately rebounds with a healing introspection which invites a celebration of growth and surrender.
Guitarist Nate Najar is emerging as one of the decades finest modern jazz exponents. He uses a distinctive technique to convey his artistic prowess; one that employs a broad musical palate. Nate's music is progressive but also steeped in tradition as was his mentor Charlie Byrd and that of the legendary Laurindo Almeida both of whom were among the first to utilize the classic nylon-string guitar for jazz.