Finding new and old musical friends is always a treat…
Gonna begin this week with a fine new album from Joanna Connor, primarily known for her exemplary blues slide guitar playing, but on her latest offering Rise we get a blend of blues, rock, jazz, funk, some acoustic, her great vocals and of course her incendiary guitar playing!
This lady has been playing all the best blues clubs in the States for years, moving to Chicago in 1984 and playing alongside Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and James Cotton amongst others, so her experience really comes through on this album!
I must admit I have overlooked Joanna, and this album has been out a few months now, but when I saw Mike Zito (check out his albums) and Joe Bonamassa were fans, it was time I went listening….glad I did!
Love the name of this band, Crooked Eye Tommy with their second album Hot Coffee and Pain, nine tracks (3 covers, 6 originals) by two guitar playing/singing brothers Paddy and Tommy Marsh, whose time playing contemporary southern blues rock together shines throughout the album….there’s some wonderful horns featuring on cover "Congo Square" (this version is up there with Sonny Landreth's).
Finalists in the 2020 International Blues Challenge, Crooked Eye Tommy are well worth a listen.
Okay last but definitely not least this week, is an artist who I believe I have all 15 of his solo albums, in some shape or form: Chuck Prophet, whose latest album The Land That Time Forgot demonstrates what a fabulous singer/songwriter this guy is!
His storytelling here is really special and quite nostalgic for past music heroes and times…some anger, some pleasure, some politics (well he is living in the US of A), some sarcasm, some history; track titles such as "High as Johnny Thunders", "Nixonland", "Willie and Nilli" give a little away.
Special mention must go to Stephanie Finch on duet and harmonising vocals.
"Paying My Respects To The Train" is superb, "Willie and Nilli" is perfect!
Keep listening and smiling…