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Marty From Melbourne's Mid-month Music

Marty Blackmore

Greetings all fine music lovers….the days are getting warmer and so is the music!

Going to throw in a couple of artists whose albums came out a little earlier in the year but are more than worthy of a listen or two plus a newie from a goodie.

First up is Jimmy Johnson with Every Day Of Your Life, and this 91 year old has delivered an amazing blues album from any age group! And he still plays live!

Jimmy sings and plays some great guitar throughout album on 5 originals and 4 classics (BB King’s "I Need You So Bad", Fenton Robinson’s "Somebody Loan Me A Dime", Percy Mayfield’s "Strange Things Happening", Bobby Bland’s "Lead Me On") and uses two crack Chicago bands, recording the album over three days! No mucking around with these pure professionals!

Here’s a slightly reggae "My Ring" and "Strange Things Happening".


Peter Himmelman gave us his 15th solo album Press On in July 2020, with many of the tracks recorded up to a year prior; this is a wonderful collection of blues/jazzy songs recorded live in the studio. Himmelman is a singer/songwriter, composer and a communicator who has been recording since 1986 and has many Emmy and Grammy nominations, has written children's books/music, motivational books, and of course he is Bob Dylan’s son in law, which never gets in the way of his own incredible talent.

Try "Press On" and "This Is How It Ends". 


Okay here is the latest album Lightning, Show Us Your Stuff from Grant-Lee Phillips an artist who lead the wonderful Grant Lee Buffalo band in the 90’s, and now gives us this his 10th solo album, addressing “the strange fragility of life”.

I guess you would call his genre Americana, but Phillips with his highly expressive voice and expansive lyrics, leads us over into other areas (touches of Bowie, Springsteen) with relative ease and enjoyment.

This album has other ace musicians with Jay Bellerose on drums and Jennifer Condos on bass; take a moment and listen to (play loud) "Gather Up" and "Straight To The Ground". 


Relax, listen and wonder…

Written By: Marty Blackmore Marty Blackmore is from Melbourne, originally from Invercargill, where he had a record store in the 70’s. Then, 120 record stores in Australia and New Zealand during 80’s and 90’s (well he was the GM). Currently rewired, plays in a Duo and a Band, loves finding new interesting artists and music in Blues, Americana, Country, Soul and Singer/Songwriter.