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"With incendiary guitar chops and raw, powerful vocals, fiery Texas blues rocker Carolyn Wonderland draws instant comparisons to fellow Texans Stevie Ray Vaughan and Janis Joplin." ::: Blistering guitarist, fire-breathing singer and gifted songwriter releases an exuberant and astonishing collection of songs, deeply rooted, yet fired by a rocker's sensibility. The Houston, Texas native just left blues great John Mayall's Blues Breakers as first female lead guitarist in a band whose previous lead players include Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor and Peter Green. Tempting Fate was produced by Dave Alvin, with guest appearances by Alvin, Marcia Ball and Jimmie Dale Gilmore. The tracks pit brilliant originals with revelatory versions of songs by Bob Dylan, Grateful Dead, John Mayall and Billy Joe Shaver.
Carolyn Wonderland - Tempting Fate [Colored LP]
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On his aptly-titled Mascot Records’ debut, What Happens Next, roots singer-songwriter and guitarist Davy Knowles boldly steps forward with timeless and cohesive songwriting; sleek modern production; and a lyrical, play-for-the-song guitar approach informed from soul, folk, rock, and blues. The 12-song album is just as influenced by The Black Keys, Fantastic Negrito, Gary Clark Jr., as it is Muddy Waters, Junior Kimbrough, and R.L. Burnside. It is a cohesive body of work rather than a collection of disparate songs. On What Happens Next, Knowles’s poetic songwriting, and his soulfully emotive singing steal the show. The 12-song body of work offers forth a peaks-and-valleys album experience winding through brawny riffs, jazzy blues balladry, and vintage soul before concluding with one of Knowles’s most personal songs released to date. Throughout it all, his guitar playing is brilliantly understated, his rhythm work is deft and dynamic—beefy on the rockers, and subtly supportive on the slower tunes—and his leads are economical but feature juicy blues bends and thick as molasses lead guitar tones. "What Happens Next" is released on CD and digitally on October 22, 2021 and on vinyl on December 3, 2021 via Mascot Label Group/Provogue Records.

Davy Knowles - What Happens Next [LP]
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Very special vinyl reissue of the third album from hugely influential British bluesman John Mayall, who gave a boost to a young Eric Clapton when Mayall asked Clapton to join his Bluesbreakers band! Having left the Bluesbreakers behind, Mayall originally released this solo album in 1980 and showed that he had the chops to stand on his own! This reissue revamps the artwork with vintage photos of Mayall in a gorgeous gatefold jacket housing a RED MARBLE vinyl!

John Mayall - Road Show Blues [Red Marble LP]
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Blues-rock legend Joe Bonamassa is back with a brand-new studio album, Time Clocks - produced by Kevin Shirley and recorded in NYC in March of 2021. Bonamassa introduces elements of prog and hard rock to intensify his signature blues-rock style. Joe's co-writers on this record include Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke), Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), James House and Tom Hambridge who help elevate the storytelling to a whole new level.

Joe Bonamassa - Time Clocks [Black LP]
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Nominated for 2022 Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Winner of Blues Music Award for Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year. Celebrated blues, R&B and Americana vocal powerhouse blazes an exhilarating roots music trail, with many of the songs reflecting the spirit of our turbulent times. Produced by Will Kimbrough, it features guest performances and/or songwriting by Kimbrough, Jason Isbell, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Orphan Brigade, Steve Cropper, Duane Eddy and Shawn Mullins. Shemekia's passion-packed singing breathes fire into solemn, gospel-drenched anthems, lowdown blues, crunching rockers and frisky New Orleans R&B. On captivating original songs and invigorating new takes on tracks by the Rolling Stones, Junior Parker and her father, famed bluesman Johnny Clyde Copeland, she commands listeners' attention while exploring life's daily struggles and triumphs, both political and personal.
Shemekia Copeland - Uncivil War (Ofgv)
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Eric Gales just may be the ultimate under-the-radar superstar in rock history. Throughout his 25 years as a professional musician, he's been termed a child prodigy, "the most underrated guitarist in history," and even the successor to Jimi Hendrix. He's released 13 studio albums under his name to date, played with fellow greats ranging from Eric Johnson to Carlos Santana, and contributed to a variety of projects showcasing his ability to command virtually any musical genre with ease."I'm humbly proud for the notoriety," Gales says of his contrasting high critical acclaim and relatively low-key public image. "God will make way for people to know who I am, just by me doing what it is I'm supposed to be doing. It's happening how it's supposed to be happening."Indeed, this year may just be the time for it to happen: Gales, touted by fans in the know as "the real deal," is ready to unleash his talent to an even wider audience.
Eric Gales - Middle Of The Road [Colored LP]
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Pioneering rock n' roll singer/songwriter Dion delivers yet another powerful collection of timeless blues with Stomping Ground. It's the follow-up to his universally acclaimed Keeping The Blues Alive Records debut, Blues With Friends, from 2020. Dion has yet again enlisted the music world's most iconic and talented stars to bring his blues to life. Peter Frampton, Eric Clapton, Keb' Mo', Joe Bonamassa, Patti Scialfa & Bruce Springsteen, and more join Dion on this year's most heartfelt release.

Dion - Stomping Ground [2 LP]
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Mascot Label Group and Provogue Records are excited to announce the re-issue of Grammy Nominated singer/songwriter Beth Hart's hit albums - Bang Bang Boom Boom, Fire On The Floor, and Better Than Home - available for the first time on transparent vinyl limited to 500 copies each. Bang Bang Boom Boom was originally released in 2012 as the follow-up to the highly successful soul-rock covers album Don't Explain, a collaboration with blues sensation Joe Bonamassa. The album features 11 original Beth Hart tracks and is an artistic statement that hits the bullseye, delivering on Beth's fizzing potential, and finding her at peace with herself and looking to the future. "This album was where I found a new voice," explains Beth. "This album helped chart new places for me to go sonically and felt like a whole new start for me." Fire On The Floor is the album that Beth Hart needed to make. Likewise, it's a record that the world needed to hear. These twelve new songs run the gamut of genre, reflecting Beth's eclectic teenage influences, which took in everything from gospel, soul and classical to the seismic rock of Soundgarden. "As a writer," she nods, "I feel really stifled if I'm trying to write in the same style. I just can't do that. Growing up as a kid, I was raised all over the place stylistically, loving so many different genres." Better Than Home is Beth's most introspective album because these songs came from the depth of her soul, revealing terrible pain in her past. Beth found herself working through family issues and personal demons. Lessons learned helped her come to grips with these issues to find the real beauty in her life.
Beth Hart - Fire On The Floor (Clear Transparent) [Clear Vinyl]
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Mascot Label Group and Provogue Records are excited to announce the re-issue of Grammy Nominated singer/songwriter Beth Hart's hit albums - Bang Bang Boom Boom, Fire On The Floor, and Better Than Home - available for the first time on transparent vinyl limited to 500 copies each. Bang Bang Boom Boom was originally released in 2012 as the follow-up to the highly successful soul-rock covers album Don't Explain, a collaboration with blues sensation Joe Bonamassa. The album features 11 original Beth Hart tracks and is an artistic statement that hits the bullseye, delivering on Beth's fizzing potential, and finding her at peace with herself and looking to the future. "This album was where I found a new voice," explains Beth. "This album helped chart new places for me to go sonically and felt like a whole new start for me." Fire On The Floor is the album that Beth Hart needed to make. Likewise, it's a record that the world needed to hear. These twelve new songs run the gamut of genre, reflecting Beth's eclectic teenage influences, which took in everything from gospel, soul and classical to the seismic rock of Soundgarden. "As a writer," she nods, "I feel really stifled if I'm trying to write in the same style. I just can't do that. Growing up as a kid, I was raised all over the place stylistically, loving so many different genres." Better Than Home is Beth's most introspective album because these songs came from the depth of her soul, revealing terrible pain in her past. Beth found herself working through family issues and personal demons. Lessons learned helped her come to grips with these issues to find the real beauty in her life.
Beth Hart - Better Than Home (Transparent) [Clear Vinyl] (Ofgv)
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Samantha Fish

Black Wind Howlin

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2013 album from the BMA Winner for Best New Blues Artist 2012. Produced by Mike Zito, the album features musical assistance from Charlie Wooton, Yonrico Scott and Zito from Royal Southern Brotherhood.
Samantha Fish - Black Wind Howlin
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12 vintage recordings from legendary blues pianist Memphis Slim - presented the way it was intended, on glorious vinyl!Includes Slim's best known track "Lonesome" as well as favorites such as "Cold Blooded Woman," "I'm Lost Without You" and many others!Discriminating blues aficionados as well as marginal fans will not be disappointed by this timeless collection!Limited edition GOLD vinyl housed in a gatefold jacket with vintage artwork!
Memphis Slim - Blues Essentials (Gold) [Colored Vinyl] (Gate) (Gol)
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Includes 4 bonus tracks! This quintessential collector's edition contains Howlin' Wolf's outstanding debut album for Chess Records, Moanin' in the Moonlight (1959) - one of the all-time cornerstones of the genre. It features several of his early hits ("How Many More Years," "Moanin' at Midnight," "Smokestack Lightning," "Forty Four," "Evil," and "I Asked for Water [She Gave Me Gasoline]"). We have also included 4 bonus tracks (highlights from Wolf's musically prolific period between 1951 and 1960), which together with this remastered gem constitute the definitive edition of this blues masterpiece.
Howlin' Wolf - Moanin In The Moonlight + 4 Bonus Tracks
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180 gram. High Definition Premium Virgin Vinyl Pressing For Super Fidelity. Direct Metal Mastering. The transition from country to urban blues that began in the 1920s was driven by the successive waves of economic crisis and booms and the associated move of African Americans from rural to urban areas. This has come to be known as the Great Migration. In the aftermath of World War II, the long boom period induced the Second Migration, which marked a massive migration of the African American population. Many performers such as Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and Jimmy Reed, among many others, migrated to Chicago from the Mississippi region. This situation reinforced trends within urban blues music such as the progressive electrification of the instruments, their amplification and the generalization of the blues beat. Chicago became a center for electric blues from 1948 on, when Muddy Waters recorded his first success: "I Can't Be Satisfied." But Waters, born McKinley Morganfield (Issaquena County, Mississippi, April 4, 1913 - Westmon, Illinois, April 30, 1983), was more than a pioneer in the Chicago electric blues scene. He was a great singer of American vernacular music - a vocal artist of astonishing power, range, depth, and subtlety. His presence was that of a king, and his blues sounded simple, but it was so deeply rooted in the traditions of the Mississippi Delta that other singers and guitarists found it almost impossible to imitate it convincingly. "My blues looks so simple, so easy to do, but it's not. They say my blues is the hardest blues in the world to play, " stated Muddy Waters in a 1978 interview. Among musicians and singers, his remarkable sense of timing, his command of inflection and pitch shading, and his vocabulary of vocal sounds and effects, from the purest falsetto to grainy moaning rasps, were all frequent topics of conversation. He was also able to duplicate many of his singing techniques on electric guitar, using a metal slider to make the instrument "speak" in a quivering, voice-like manner.
Muddy Waters - Best Of (Bonus Tracks) [180 Gram] [Remastered] (Vv) (Spa)
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180 gram vinyl release of the 20-year-old blues firebrand's sensational debut. The album contains 10 of the CD release's 12 tracks, with all 12 available from an included download card.
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram - Kingfish
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12 vintage recordings from legendary blues pianist Memphis Slim - presented the way it was intended, on glorious vinyl!Includes Slim's best known track "Lonesome" as well as favorites such as "Cold Blooded Woman," "I'm Lost Without You" and many others!Discriminating blues aficionados as well as marginal fans will not be disappointed by this timeless collection!Limited edition MAGENTA vinyl housed in a gatefold jacket with vintage artwork!
Memphis Slim - Blues Essentials (Magenta) [Colored Vinyl] (Gate)
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The defining blues voice of his generation releases the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to his Grammy-nominated debut, 2019's Kingfish. 662 (the area code of his Clarksdale stomping grounds) is a powerful and personal album, a fiery coming-of-age record. The lyrics reflect Ingram's newfound maturity and how your roots inspire where you're heading. Musically, the record delivers a heaping helping of the deep, visceral Ingram guitar magic his fans love, fueling a combustible mix of molten blues rock, down home shuffles and soulful grooves.

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram - 662 [Purple LP]
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Buddy Guy & Junior Wells ?- Alone & Acoustic - ALLIGATOR RECORDS - Guitar [6-String Guitar], Twelve-String Guitar - Buddy Guy Harmonica - Junior Wells Mastered By - Bruce Iglauer, Collin Jordan Producer - Didier Tricard - First time on vinyl. Recorded May 15, 1981 at SYSMO STUDIO, Paris, France.
Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Alone and Acoustic
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Classic Alligator title on vinyl for the first time in 25 years! All tracks remastered, including fan favorites Sadie, See Me In The Evening, Roll Your Moneymaker and Take Five. Package includes download card.
Hound Dog Taylor & the Houserockers - Natural Boogie [Remastered] [Download Included] [Reissue]
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Tedeschi Trucks Band

Made Up Mind [Import]

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Made Up Mind is the second studio album from blues-rock group Tedeschi Trucks Band. It was released August 20, 2013 by Masterworks Records. In 2014, it won a Blues Music Award in the 'Rock Blues Album of the Year' category.
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Made Up Mind [Import]
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Since the release of Alex Dunn's debut album 'Scattered Poems,' he's been working and touring with the same core band members, including his co-producer and music director Bryant Moore, bassist for the band True Loves. In the fall of 2019 they got together in the studio to create an album that exemplified this newfound relationship. Southern Star is a collection of songs he wrote over the years while living and working aboard commercial fishing vessels in Southeast Alaska. The album is a modern piece of Americana that details a life in transition from a seasonal existence toiling upon the sea to the hard-earned actualization of one's dreams. 'Southern Star' finds Dunn's acoustic and folk roots taking a more electric and roots form with his consistent lineup and planting roots back in his hometown of Seattle, WA.
Alex Dunn - Southern Star [180 Gram]
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180 gram. High Definition Premium Vinyl Pressing For Super Fidelity. Direct Metal Mastering. This edition presents a who's who of the Chicago blues from the 1960s. Featured here are such talents as Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson II, and Willie Dixon, performing at the peak of their careers. This WPOA live radio broadcast was emceed in the early 1960s by local disc jockey Big Bill Hill at Chicago's intimate Copacabana Club. (When the album was reissued in 1967, it was retitled Blues from Big Bill's Copacabana.)
Folk Festival Of The Blues With Muddy Waters / Var - Folk Festival Of The Blues With Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Buddy Guy, Sonny Boy Williamson, Willie Dixon / Various
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Limited double 180 gram audiophile vinyl LP pressing includes insert. Live At Carnegie Hall is a live Texas blues album by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, released in 1997. The concert was recorded at New York City's Carnegie Hall on October 4, 1984, a day after Vaughan's thirtieth birthday (leading to Vaughan's description of the show as 'My best birthday ever.. forever'). Special guests included drummer George Rains, Dr.John on keyboards, the Roomful of Blues horn section, brother Jimmie Vaughan on guitar, and vocalist Angela Strehli. This was the first and only time in the band's history that the trio was expanded. The set list was in large part Vaughan's personal, private, tribute to his role models; he played tunes by Guitar Slim, Albert Collins, and Albert King, all musicians who never got to perform in the legendary concert hall. The album charted on the Billboard 200, and was the #1 Blues album for eight weeks.
Stevie Vaughan Ray - Live At Carnegie Hall [180 Gram] (Hol)
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If the greatest blues musicians and rock stars in the world cherish, covet and collect this stuff, don't you want a piece of the action? If you're gonna own it, here's the way to get it, on double 180-gram import vinyl. These 1936-37 recordings from THE iconic Delta bluesman still retain all their mysterious power: "Crossroads Blues," "Terraplane Blues," "Come On in My Kitchen," "Walking Blues," "Love in Vain Blues," "Traveling Riverside Blues," "Rambling on My Mind," "Hellhound on My Trail," "Sweet Home Chicago," "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom," "Stop Breakin' Down Blues," "They're Red Hot" and more including alternate takes! DOL.
Robert Johnson - King of the Delta Blues Vol 1 & 2
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Includes 4 bonus tracks! This edition contains Howlin' Wolf's eponymous second album for Chess Records, Howlin' Wolf (released in January 1962), long unavailable on vinyl. The long play, which has come to be known as The Rockin' Chair Album, was originally released as a collection of 6 single records (2 tracks per single) that were released between 1959 and 1962. The music presented here is a testament to Wolf's unearthly, mighty force. This is one of Wolf's best loved LPs, and is widely recognized as one of the all-time cornerstones of the Chicago Blues (it was named the third greatest guitar album of all time by Mojo magazine in 2004). In addition to the original LP, this collector's reissue contains 4 bonus tracks (gathering a variety of those great sides Wolf recorded between 1954 and 1958, some of them justly celebrated, others less-heard), which together with this remastered gem represent the finest work of this blues master in his prime.
Howlin' Wolf - Rockin Chair Album + 4 Bonus Tracks
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Double Feature. Repackaged 12" LP 180 Gram, Vinyl Limited Edition, Stereo, Direct Metal Mastering, Deluxe Inner Sleeves. DMM mastering.
Muddy Waters - At Newport 1960
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Two guitar legends - Eric Clapton and B.B. King - first performed together in NYC in 1967. Over 30 years later, in 1999, the two longtime friends joined forces to create a collection of all new studio recordings of blues classics and contemporary songs. The resulting album Riding with the King would be released in June 2000 and go onto sell over 2 million copies and win the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.

 

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, the album will be expanded and remastered by Bob Ludwig will be released on June 26th. Two additional previously unreleased tracks have been added to the album: The blues standard “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” and a cover of Willie Dixon’s “Let Me Love You Baby”. Both tracks were recorded during the original sessions and were produced and mixed especially for this release by Simon Climie, who produced the original album with Clapton.

 

The album features five Dixon originals, plus a selection of covers from writers as diverse as Isaac Hayes (“Hold On I’m Coming”), Johnny Mercer (“Come Rain Or Come Shine”) and “Big” Bill Broonzy (“Key To The Highway”). John Hiatt wrote the album’s title track.

 

The album features an all-star line-up of musicians: Andy Fairweather Low, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Joe Sample, Doyle Bramhall II, Susannah and Wendy Melvoin, and Jim Keltner. The celebrated producer and arranger Arif Martin contributed string arrangements and orchestration to two tracks.

Eric Clapton & B.B. King - Riding With The King: 20th Anniversary Edition [2LP]
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Muddy Waters

Folk Singer

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Gatefold 180-gram vinyl. Folk Singer is the fourth studio album by Muddy Waters, released in April 1964 by Chess Records. The album features Waters on acoustic guitar, backed by Willie Dixon on string bass, Clifton James on drums, and Buddy Guy on acoustic guitar. It is Waters's only all-acoustic album.
Muddy Waters - Folk Singer
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Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton is a 1966 electric Blues album by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers featuring Eric Clapton as lead guitarist. It is often referred to as the Beano album because the photograph on the album cover shows Clapton reading the Beano, a well-known British children's comic. Apart from being one of the most overall influential albums in Blues-Rock history, it was likely the first time anyone had heard a Gibson Les Paul guitar through an overdriven Marshall amplifier; this unique sound would become particularly influential. 12 tracks.
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers - Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton
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Gov't Mule

Heavy Load Blues [2LP]

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"Woke up singing a dead man's song..." is the opening line from the Warren Haynes original "Heavy Load," a line of imagery that feels like the beginning of dirt. Blues. On this album, the iconic American band puts their unique musical stamp on an incredible collection of Blues covers and originals. Haynes, the leader of Gov't Mule, hails from a Southern rock tradition of scruffy virtuosity. Gov't Mule is Warren's show, and the Blues is the informing foundation, personal and universal.

Gov't Mule - Heavy Load Blues [2LP]
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The B.B. King - Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Begins Celebrate 5 Decades Of His Masterpiece. Impeccably Mastered From The ABC Bluesway /Universal Music Tapes By Joe Reagoso (Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Ray Charles). Striking Original Gatefold Cover Art Not Seen In Decades. Features B.B. King Classics: "Chains & Things" "Hummingbird" "Nobody Loves Me But My Mother" "You're Still My Woman" & "Ask Me No Questions". Featured Musicians: B.B King, Leon Russell, Carole King, Joe Walsh, Russ Kunkel, Bryan Garofalo, Gerald Jemmott, Hugh McCrackin, Merry Clayton, Clydie King, Shirlie Matthews & Vannetta Fields
B.B. King - Indianola Mississippi Seeds [Translucent Red Audiophile Limited Anniversary Edition LP]
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Internationally beloved soul-blues rocker tells a timeless tale of young man bitten by the blues bug. He masters the craft and sets out for fame and fortune, only to realize that what he left behind is what he's been looking for all along. An infectious collection of songs that stand on their own tell the story in vivid lyrics backed by Castro's patented roadhouse rock, soulful ballads and deep, greasy grooves.
Tommy Castro - Tommy Castro Presents A Bluesman Came To Town [LP]
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Two guitar legends - Eric Clapton and B.B. King - first performed together in NYC in 1967. Over 30 years later, in 1999, the two longtime friends joined forces to create a collection of all new studio recordings of blues classics and contemporary songs. The resulting album Riding with the King would be released in June 2000 and go onto sell over 2 million copies and win the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album.

 

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, the album will be expanded and remastered by Bob Ludwig will be released on June 26th. Two additional previously unreleased tracks have been added to the album: The blues standard “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” and a cover of Willie Dixon’s “Let Me Love You Baby”. Both tracks were recorded during the original sessions and were produced and mixed especially for this release by Simon Climie, who produced the original album with Clapton.

 

The album features five Dixon originals, plus a selection of covers from writers as diverse as Isaac Hayes (“Hold On I’m Coming”), Johnny Mercer (“Come Rain Or Come Shine”) and “Big” Bill Broonzy (“Key To The Highway”). John Hiatt wrote the album’s title track.

 

The album features an all-star line-up of musicians: Andy Fairweather Low, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Joe Sample, Doyle Bramhall II, Susannah and Wendy Melvoin, and Jim Keltner. The celebrated producer and arranger Arif Martin contributed string arrangements and orchestration to two tracks.

Eric Clapton & B.B. King - Riding With The King: 20th Anniversary Edition [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Blue 2LP]
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Austin, TX-based vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Buffalo Nichols - Fat Possum's first solo blues signing in nearly 20 years - delivers his self-titled debut album on the label. The album sees Nichols wrestling with prescient topics, such as empathy and forgiveness on the poignant, ever-building melody of "How to Love;" regret and loss on moving, violin-inflected "These Things;" and the pitfalls of lives lived too close to the edge on the smooth, dynamic "Back on Top." On the tender, aching album opener and lead single "Lost & Lonesome," he gives listeners what he describes as a "glimpse into the mind of that traveler looking for a friend and a place to call home;" inspired by his years traveling alone, looking for a place for his passions to fit in, even if temporarily, the track is an ode to exploration and the creative ingenuity of isolation. At the forefront of each song is Nichols' rich voice and evocative, virtuosic guitar-playing, augmented on half of the nine tracks by a simple, cadent drum line.

Buffalo Nichols - Buffalo Nichols [LP]
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The term 'legend' doesn't do justice to B.B. King. The eight-decade story of how a Mississippi cotton-picker rose to the heights of the blues - changing the genre forever with his soul-drenched voice and 'one-note' touch - is told by his acclaimed studio catalogue and fabled live shows. Now, as the men who walked alongside him every step of the way for over 35 years, The B.B. King Blues Band write the next chapter, on an album that salutes King's classic songs and showcases their own. "It's important," nods executive producer Terry Harvey, "to continue what he started."Boasting several world-class songwriters in their ranks, The Soul Of The King finds the lineup supplying material that stands alongside their late leader's catalogue. There's the addictive brass-bolstered shuffle of Low Down. The slow-burn balladry of She's The One. The spring-heeled funk of Taking Care Of Business, and trumpet legend James 'Boogaloo' Bolden's own Hey There Pretty Woman. Joe Louis Walker gives a soulful hat-tip on Regal Blues - while the King would surely approve of Louisiana gunslinger Kenny Wayne Shepherd's masterful solo on opener Irene Irene. As Harvey says: "This record is a representation of B.B.'s musical styles and influences, to those who never got to hear or see him live." Mission accomplished, with The Soul Of The King making a bracing return to some of King's greatest cuts. There's a heartfelt turn from Michael Lee on The Thrill Is Gone. Mary Griffin and Taj Mahal combine their vocal and guitar talents on Paying The Cost To Be The Boss. Kenny Neal lends poignant vocals and licks to Sweet Little Angel. "Recording with the different artists and the band was an enlightening experience," reflects Harvey. "Everyone came in prepared, but when Mary Griffin came to record, she came in all bubbly - and nailed her vocals in two takes."
BB Kings Blues Band - A Tribute To The King
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