Arriving March 26th is volume 2 from the blues supergroup, New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers. Volume 1 was released back in September 2020 and became a Top 20 release on the Billboard charts. This new batch of eleven tracks finds this band of gypsys diving even further into the blues, beginning with the stellar harmonica work from Charlie Musselwhite on the opening song "Blues For Yesterday." They dive back into the early days of the blues with the swinging, sixties-style of "She's About A Mover," led by Grammy-winner Alvin Youngblood Hart. Next, Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers) brings the blues down south with the New Orleans flavor "Searchlight" and the loose, front porch swagger of "Greens And Ham." The combination of Musselwhite's harp and Jim Dickinson's vocals on "Messin' With The Kid" puts you right in the front row for a lesson on how the blues should be played, while "Black Water" shows the dark side of the blues, as Alvin Youngblood Hart and Luther Dickinson put on a display with their guitars, trying to match the immortal Charlie Musselwhite. The New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers wrap up their new album with slow, steady jaunt of "Blue Guitar" and "Blues Is A Mighty Bad Feeling." To find out more about the New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers and their new "Vol. 2" release, please visit stonyplainrecords.com.
Back in February, singer/songwriter Randy Lee Riviere created a soundtrack to the American West landscape with his new studio album "Wyoming." It features thirteen original tracks that shows Randy's deep concern for the environment and the Native American culture. The album begins with the pure country sound of "Lots To Say," as Randy has seen enough injustice in this country. He picks the energy up with the southern rock groove of "Keep Your Eyes On Your Station," before slowing down for the serious meaning behind the working force of "Fences." The big guitar chords of "Riverdale" will grab your attention, as you follow Randy's storied lyrics, while "Dependence Day" features a softer country rock approach with a serious statement about the sacrifices that were made for this country. He finishes up his new album with the folk tale of "Red Rain" and the instrumental title track "Wyoming," which soars with a beautiful melody. To find out more about Randy Lee Riviere and his latest release "Wyoming," please visit randyleeriviere.com.
On March 12th, fellow singer/songwriter Dulcie Taylor released her new six-song EP titled "Rediscovered." It follows her critically acclaimed EP "Reimagined," released last year and features songs from throughout her 20-year career. The album kicks off with "Woman I Used To Be," a favorite among her fans, as the song simmers with a blues vibe that just rides the red line of rocking out with anger. Next up, is one of the newer songs from her 2018 album "The Better Part Of Me." The song is called "Watch Me Hurt" and deals with heartbreak, done with an elegant touch of acoustic country twang. The music of "First Kiss" simply floats along on this fragile ballad, before Dulcie Taylor closes out her new album with the more up-tempo country pop touch of "Maybe" (from her 2004 album "Mirrors And Windows"), along with "Better Part Of Me," which allows her vocals to become the star of the song. To find out more about Dulcie Taylor and her latest release "Rediscovered," please visit dulcietaylor.com.
California-based singer, Will Porter with reissue his 2015 album "Tick Tock Tick" on April 16th. The album included contributions from the late great Dr. John, along with some other special guests, spread across eleven amazing musical numbers. Will kicks off the album with the up-tempo, Cajun-flavored jazz/rock of the title-song "Tick Tock Tick," which features the perfect collaboration of Will's smooth vocals and Dr. John's aged voice. Will brings his smooth sultry voice to the forefront on the R&B ballad "Why Do We Get Blue," then duets with Betty Lavette on the soulful cover of Bob Dylan's "To Make You Feel My Love." The velvet touch of Will's vocals on "This California Sun" gives this autobiographical song a special gospel-like feel, while "Treadin' Water" returns you to that New Orleans boogie-woogie sound. To find out more about this new reissue of Will Porter's album "Tick Tock Tick," please visit willporter.com.