Greetings folks and as this is my last article before Christmas, may I wish one and all a safe, fun and Merry Christmas!
It has been a weird, surreal, crazy world in 2020…thank you to all the amazing artists who have kept going and given us some wonderful music to listen to during these testing times.
Australian Country/Americana singer/songwriter Melody Moko has released her second album Two Kids & A Radio earlier this year, to much acclaim.
Her songs can range from melancholic to pining country, uplifting pop tinged, proud and powerful…of particular influence are her two young children and the love of the countryside and its honest no bullshit people!
Produced by Neilson Hubbard (Mary Gauthier, Kim Richey) and featuring pedal steel champion Fats Kaplin (John Prine), husband Michael Moko and Catherine Britt (co writes) the album was recorded live in Nashville and has already been number one on the Australian Country Albums chart.
Okay here’s an inspiring story: Big Harp George earned Blues Music Awards in 2014 for best new artist at the ripe old age of 59!
Not only that, this amazing talent on the chromatic harmonica holds a PhD in anthropology, is a lawyer who graduated from Georgetown University and University of California- Berkeley, is an authority on Arab/Israeli legal issues, has practised as a defence Lawyer…the list goes on and on…and he’s always had a harmonica in his pocket!
But this sharp dresser, wonderful singer has just released his self written third album Living In The City which weaves a tapestry of primarily modern West Coast jump and swing blues, with elements of Latin America and Middle East music!
Recorded at Kid Andersen’s (Guitar) Greaseland Studios and also featuring Little Charlie Baty (Guitar) this is truly blues without borders and its bloody great!
Whilst we are on performers with style and flash, let me introduce Kenny “Blue Boss” Wayne and his album Go, Just Do It a collection of contemporary blues which, whilst obviously has its influences from the greats, has some really interesting and unique pieces from this Canadian based pianist, band leader, singer/songwriter.
Featuring 9 originals, 2 Percy Mayfield covers and even a J. J. Cale cover, we have lots of powerhouse horns, female vocal duets, funk blues, boogie woogie, rap/blues….the complete collection!
What a way to spend a day so I’m going to let the music do the talking and give you three tracks to take you into Christmas, namely the title track, "Go, Just Do It" featuring Dawn Tyler Watson , “That’s The Way She Is” and instrumental with wonderful piano and horns “Let The Rock, Roll” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZDZN5mUy6I
Thanks for listening!