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Joey Rodriguez – Loathsome Blues: Meet Your New Jazz Blues Guitar Hero

If you’re not compelled to hit play on up and coming Jazz & Blues artist Joey Rodriguez’s latest release “Loathsome Blues” for the melancholically intriguing name alone, there are plenty of added incentives infused into the soundscape itself.

The first being the sheer talent of Joey Rodriguez as an instrumentalist, it’s not just about the technical ability possessed to create such absorbing riffs, but it’s their ability to lace each note with resonant emotion. With the percussion and bass setting a solid backbone of the track, Joey Rodriguez’s Bluesy riffs are free to soar above the rest of the arrangement. And that’s all before the archaically inspired vocals kick in. Even though Joey Rodriguez may have borrowed a few dulcet tones from decades past to create Loathsome Blues, through the production there’s still a modern, sleek feel to the track.

Jazz and Blues may not be commonly found in the UK top 40, but it is tracks such as Loathsome Blues which make the genre more accessible than ever.

You can check out Joey Rodriguez’s Hendrix-style riffs and Blues Pop vocals for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Michael Tyree – All the Time: Timelessly Captivating Folk Rock

Up and coming artist Michael Tyree has recently released their latest orchestration of Bluesy Folk-Rock “All the Time”. And it is exactly the kind of track which is handy to have on your playlists as an aural pick me up.

Michael Tyree’s melodically arrestive approach to Rock is timeless. While the single comes with lashings of nostalgia, his style is nuanced enough to make the vibrant rhythms as potent as they were the first time they stung you.

Yet, I’m fairly certain that a soundscape quite like All the Time has ever been created before. Along with filthy Heavy Rock riffs, you’ll also be ingesting uplifting elements of Folk which aren’t all too dissimilar to what you can expect from the Levellers. The vocals also see plenty of progression in the track from gentle harmonized versing to high-octane Rock vocals. There’s little room to wonder why All the Time feels like such an emotional rollercoaster.

So, if you could imagine a combination of the sounds of the Levellers, Bob Dylan, and Springsteen, you’d get a fairly good idea of what Michael Tyree has to offer with their latest single.

You can check All the Time out for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Mellifluous Alt Blues Rock Powerhouse Cowboy Diplomacy Are Back with Their Latest Single “Bad Man”

There was no forgetting Cowboy Diplomacy after they explosively burst onto our radars with their raucous Blues Rock single “The Get Down” this summer.

And we’re more than happy to see that they’ve poured more of their authentic Alt Southern Blues Rock sound onto the airwaves with “Bad Man”. There may be plenty of gritty, grimy imagery contained within the single, but the instrumental arrangement carves out a succinctly fluid soundscape.

The music industry suffers from a collective apathy when it comes to hitting play on new artists. Which is totally understandable, frequently, music asks for your attention and gives little in return. But that most definitely isn’t the case with Bad Man, through the perfectly polished layers of Blues you’ll be treated to a potent dose of cathartic aural escapism.

The Austin-based mellifluous powerhouse seems to be in the habit of creating smooth, jazzy, soulful tonalities through energetically rhythmic tracks, it’s going to be incredibly exciting to hear what comes next.

You can check out Cowboy Diplomacy’s latest single Bad Man for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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John Black Wolf – Last Train Home: Roots-Deep Vintage Blues

“Last Train Home” is just one of the emotively piercing singles which you will find on Folk Singer-Songwriter John Black Wolf’s debut album.

The wanderlust Blues single unfolds with a vintage tonality which should be plenty of appeal to fans of Springsteen and Bryan Adams. But make no mistake, Last Trian Home won’t offer you predictability or familiarity. The intricately progressive nature of the single moves from pensive piano melodies into striking semi-orchestral swells before seamlessly building up to roots-deep Rock complete with sonically powerful choruses.

Last Train Home is like listening to one of Bob Dylan’s more pensive aural treats and a high-octane Rock hit all in one. With the cinematic production on the single, along with the magnetic draw of John Black Wolf’s effortlessly unflinching vocals, Last Train Home is a single which we definitely won’t be forgetting in a hurry.

You can check out Last Train Home which was released on September 1st for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Todd Morse – My Shoes: The Blues Rock Track to Shake the Cobwebs Off Your Soul

LA-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Todd Morse has recently released their debut 2019 album “Late Bloomer”. And after 20 years of homing in on his craft performing with of Juliette and the Licks and the Offspring you’re more than entitled to have plenty of expectation when you hit play on this album. But Todd Morse certainly doesn’t disappoint especially with their standout single “My Shoes”.

While each of the 13 tracks is swimming in infectiously uplifting energy wrapped up in well-matured talent, My Shoes possesses an ethereally arrestive propensity right from the prelude. You can sense the life seeping from the notes, and the high-octane passion which is potent enough to shake the cobwebs off your soul. As if that wasn’t enough, Todd Morse has also proven with his angularly absorbing riffs that if anyone is taking names for contemporary guitar heroes, he should definitely be counted.

Todd Morse has used his album to show that age is irrelevant when it comes to artistic expression; which I commonly argue using the National as an example, but my argument has never been stronger thanks to tracks such as My Shoes.

While Todd Morse has more than done his dues in the music industry with major artists, it would have been criminal if his album which uses influence from the likes of Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and the Clash were never recorded. His talent as a songwriter almost transcends his vibrant vocal dynamic and fretboard mastery.

You can check out Todd Morse’s track My Shoes for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Whitebeard – Bent Out of Shape: Roots of Authentic Blues Wrapped Up in an Alt Rock Arrestive Arrangement

If it’s been a while since you hit play on an authentically immersive Blues Rock track, Whitebeard’s single “Bent Out of Shape” is the perfect reintroduction to the ambience of the melodies combined with the emotivity of the lyricism.

Bent Out of Shape was just one of the singles found on the Canadian up and coming artist’s latest album “Plaid is the New Black”.

Even though there may be plenty of artists still playing plenty of odes to the roots of blues with their archaic takes on sound, the overwhelming amount of vocal harmony combines with the intricacy of the guitar progressions until you’re left with a mesmeric hit of aural synergy.

You can check out Bent Out of Shape along with the rest of the album by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Audrey – She Says: Rhythmically Swampy Blues Rock

The nostalgia-inducing rhythm of Blues will never go out of style, which is why it’s always a pleasure to introduce a promising up and coming swampy Blues collective. Audrey have recently released their debut single and music video ‘She Says’, and whatever preconceptions you have when it comes to Blues, throw them out of the window right now. Audrey have polished the perpetually cathartic soundscape with their sultry style and Indie edge which comes with a subtle psychedelic kick. The fact that in the video the drummer is wearing a Libertines t-shirt speaks volumes, yet, it’s the vocals which set Audrey apart from past and contemporary artists alike. The vocals are stripped back, and sound infinitely more innocent than you’d ever come to expect from the genre, there’s a hint of vulnerability which encompasses ‘She Says’ and amplifies the resonance of the track.

You can check out the official music video to Audrey’s latest single She Says for yourself by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

 

 

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The Counterfeit Bills – Matthew McConaughey: The Authentic Alchemy of Blues Rock

The Counterfeit Bills have recently released their debut album ‘Average’, contained on that album was the single that stole my attention immediately. First of all, who can resist a track titled Matthew McConaughey. I mean, the mere mention of the man’s name fills you with mystery in wonder. Which is exactly the kind of open mind you want to keep when checking out the Counterfeit Bills, their authentically organic style came alive through a traditional acoustic instrumental progression. The deftly yet dulcetly played instruments were accompanied by Bluesy Folk Americana vocals which were captivatingly sweet. The repetition of ‘we’ll be alright’ around the up-vibe pops and jaunts of the sonically amplified guitar was actually pretty convincing to the point of resonance. Although, the track didn’t seem to have an awful lot to do with Matthew McConaughey which was somewhat disappointing.

You can check out the Counterfeit Bills single Matthew McConaughey by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Evert Outen – Excuses: Soul-Driven Blues Rock

When a Blues Rock artist puts together a timeless sound which still carries an overwhelming amount of organic essence it’s hard not to fall a little in love.

With instrumentals which wouldn’t be out of place in a Doors track Evert Outen’s latest single Excuses unfold as a sensual, soul-driven Rock anthem. The Bluesy riffs are almost hypnotic with the perfect hint of psychedelia, yet, it was the up and coming recording artist’s vocals which really won me over. Recreating that nostalgically beautiful sound instrumentally is one thing, but the raw passion behind the vocals isn’t something that you hear every day. When the momentum to Excuses picks up instrumentally you can be sure that Evert Outen’s vocals do too, all sense of restraint slips away, and you’re treated to unadulterated visceral offering of pure emotion.

Excuses is quite the mix up from his earlier releases such as Distraction, it’s safe to say Evert has found his signature sound with Excuses.

You can check out Evert Outen’s latest single Excuses for yourself now by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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The Theory – River: Organically Americana-Inspired Blues Rock

River is just one of the sensational tracks from the debut EP of Northern California Alt Indie Rock artists the Theory. Their Americana Blues-inspired rhythms won’t fail to leave you in a state of cathartic aural appreciation as you listen to their unadulterated, organic soundscapes unravel.

Whilst the instrumentals to River may not be high-octane, the emotion on offer from the vocals and the lyrics most certainly is. There was a sultry, swampy, bluesy tone to River both instrumentally and vocally that didn’t fail to resonate, as for the chorus- if you find a way to get that out of your head, please let me know how. The rolling rhythms are just the cherry on the cake when it comes the Theory’s acoustically angelic style of nostalgia.

The powerhouse of artists are set on revitalising the essence and foundation of music, I’d say after listening to River that the mission is already accomplished. I’d love to see what else they can achieve following the debut of this timelessly golden classic.

You can check out the Theory’s latest single along with the rest of their 2018 EP ‘Before I Begin’ by heading over to Spotify now, and yes, each track is as stunning as River.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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