Tuesday, March 17, 2015

CD Review: Sophomore Efforts From Bluesman Leo "Bud" Welch And Singer/Songwriter Anthony W. Rogers

Eighty-Two year old bluesman Leo "Bud" Welch is wasting no time rolling out his second full-length album "I Don't Prefer No Blues." He released his debut album in 2013 and caught the attention of critics everywhere. After living the life that blues musicians sing about, Welch's truthful sound made everyone stand-up and take notice of his music. His new album will be released on March 24 through Fat Possum's Big Legal Mess Records. His new ten-song release begins with the short, two-minute stomp-rhythm of "Poor Boy" that gets boosted with backing vocals supplied by Sharde Thomas. Bud's loose, raw guitar playing highlights the southern feel of "Girl In The Holler," before locking into a blues/rock groove on "Goin' Down Slow." Bud seems to enjoy himself on the up-tempo romp of "Cadillac Baby," but he pours his passion in the slow blues of the album closer "Sweet Black Angel," that has him sounding like a disciple of B.B. King. To find out more about Leo "Bud" Welch and his latest release "I Don't Prefer No Blues," please visit leobudwelch.com.
Another artist releasing his second independent solo album is Anthony W. Rogers with "Wrong." His latest album was recorded entirely by himself and will be available on limited 180-gram vinyl and digital formats. Rogers has spent the last three years polishing these songs for this new album and you can instantly notice the effort on the opener "Compromised." His up-tempo, pop feel of "Blown Away" has a seventies soft-rock vibe flowing through it, while "Keep Holdin' On" gets confusing with the lead and backing vocals sounding too similar in tone and volume. The psychedelic blues of the Neil Young-like "Crunch (Blues for Mitch)" is the pinnacle of the album as Anthony's songwriting and performing takes center stage. The relaxed feel of "White Beach" and the build-up of "Wash" finishes the album on a high note as Anthony incorporates all his talents into this release. To find out more about Anthony W. Rogers and his latest album "Wrong," please visit glassonyonpr.com.

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