Grammy-award winner and Blues Hall of Famer, Bobby Rush is preparing to release his latest album "Rawer Than Raw," a tribute to the deep blues of Mississippi. This new eleven track release features stripped down, acoustic covers of blues greats Skip James, Robert Johnson, Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Muddy Waters. Rush's new release kicks off with one of five originals, "Down In Mississippi," as each of these songs are delivered in an acoustic style, with a foot-stomping rhythm and only accompanied by a wailing harmonica. You can hear the passion Bobby Rush's voice, performing covers of some of his blues idols, like Skip James' "Hard Time" and Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lightning." Rush gets really quiet on the talkin' blues of "Sometimes I Wonder," before finishing up his latest album with the classic tale of Sonny Boy Williamson's "Don"Start Me Talkin," along with energetic romp of Robert Johnson's "Dust My Broom." To find out more about Bobby Rush and his latest release "Rawer Than Raw," please visit bobbyrushbluesman.com/.
Former power pop/rock artist Chris Stamey (The dB's) returns with his jazz combo The Fellow Travelers to release a new album titled "A Brand-New Shade Of Blue." It features thirteen tracks, inspired by the "cool jazz" of the small jazz club combos of the fifties and sixties. The album begins with the title song "A Brand-New Shade Of Blue," which gracefully floats along with the gentle vocals of Brett Harris. This album is perfectly crafted for evening listens, as songs like "Late For The Party" and "It Must Be Raining Somewhere" will certainly put you in a relaxed state with their intimate touches of music. The tempo does pick up slightly for the nostalgic, New Orleans jazz feel of "Come Home To Me," before Chris Stamey and the Fellow Travelers close out their latest album with the steady rhythm of modern jazz/pop flow of "Speechless" and the light-hearted, playful touch of "Dangling Check To Check." To find out more about this latest release "A Brand-New Shade Of Blue," from Chris Stamey and the Fellow Travelers, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.