Gary Tate

Gary Tate

29.01.2011

Trouble And Strife

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Trouble And Strife is a band of seasoned veterans that celebrates the blues, and its nucleus consists of Larry Kurtz on harmonica/vocals and Bruce Ley on guitar/piano/vocals. This self-titled effort should satisfy the most discerning blues aficionados. These guys along with one gal bring comprehensive resumes to the table, and it’s clear why so many shared stages with or opened up for some heavy duty names over the years, including Mel Brown, Lucky Peterson, and James Cotton.

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This young and very engaging Gatineau, Quebec singer/songwriter and guitarist has exploded onto the Canadian blues scene in the last couple of years, as her poise and talent has brought delight and generated appreciative nods from those been privileged to see and hear her. Roxanne Potvin has surefire musical instincts that enable her to latch onto any musical style or genre make it all sound as convincing as it gets. Her debut Careless Loving on the Northernblues label ( …

The title says essentially all you need to know. Legions of fans had been urging the Duke to release an ultra guitar-drenched release. If that’s you, get this ticket to Guitar Nirvana!

With Guitar Groove-A-Rama, Robillard has shed virtually all excess baggage except bass and drums, save infrequent contributions from sax/keyboard. Even his vocals are de-emphasized on the 14 generous tracks where the master digs deep into his virtuosity "bag-of-tricks".

It’s all abett …

"After The Storm" is a triumphant return for the Twisters, a band traumatized by when bass player James Taylor was lost in a 2005 accident during a road trip. There was a temptation to dissolve the enterprise, the shock was that intense. But two things made them reconsider. The first was the overwhelming support of their fans and the Canadian blues community; the second was the availability of one of Canadian’s finest standup bass players in Keith Picot.

This band possesses …

Little Phil (Rosenberg) has an impressive resume, starting in 1964 as a 14-year old protégé with a Southern band called the Night Shadows. He was immediately recognized as a natural talent, even at that tender age. There was little reluctance putting him with the company of musicians 10 years older. The kid had the goods: persuasive voice, super-eager attitude, and an eye-popping James Brown-type stage persona Most of all, his soulful conviction went far beyond his years and helpe …

Billy "Blue" Strauss is an unwavering veteran bluesman who’s been fronting bands since 1980 and has had his share of "ups-and-downs" along the way. But he has no complaints. When you commit wholeheartedly to this music, the fundamental fact is you always struggle. "Blues In My Room" is a release that’s long overdue, and it succeeds because Blue wields a convincing harmonica and has a tremendous respect for the traditions that underlie the Blues.

This transplanted Long Islander spent a …

This twinning of two musical genres-Mississippi Blues and east Indian music-often translates into a fascinating hybrid. "Slide To Freedom" on the Northernblues label is an engrossing listen that is concurrently exotic, spiritual, and intriguing. Doug Cox, a multi-faceted instrumentalist and Blues festival organizer, developed an instant rapport with collaborator Salil Bhatt. If that name sounds somewhat familiar, it’s because he’s the son of legendary mohan veena guru V.M Bhatt.

Ken Tucker is a well-seasoned blues rocker in the tradition of the Allman Brothers, Joe Walsh, Georgia Satellites, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Lynyrd Skinner.

"Looking For A Brighter Day" is the follow-up to Tucker’s debut "Back Porch Pilgrims", and finds the burly Tucker joined by Josh Hammond on harmonica. Ken’s specialty is hard rockin’ blues of the "take-no-prisoners" variety. This is Southern-fried, rock ‘em sock ‘em blues that’s finger-lickin …

Maria Muldaur is the best qualified present-day singer to do versions of the great urban blues classics of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s made memorable by a host of legendary female voices. That’s because MM has spent her entire life absorbing this music. Her latest release on Stony Plain Records is titled "Naughty, Bawdy & Blue" and it’s the third jewel in the trilogy that started with "Richland Woman Blues" and Lovin’ Ol’ Soul".

Maria is a Roots Mama for sure: a resolute keeper of the tra …

Blues legend Sam Myers passed away July 17th in Dallas after a long and valiant battle against throat cancer. He was 70. An award winning harmonica player and vocalist, Myers spent the last 20 years performing and recording with Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets. They were considered one of the top 3 Blues bands in the world, and toured extensively throughout North America and Europe.

Sam was born in Laurel, MS and attended a school for the blind where he was considered …

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