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This New Blues Album Is Worth Your Time – And Money!

I have had the privilege to see Dan Whitener, the terrific banjo player with hip-hop bluegrass band Gangstagrass as well as with the newgrass band Man About a Horse, a number of times (only with Gangstagrass) and thoroughly enjoy his style and versatility. I am thrilled to review his new solo album, Crossover.

Crossover Album Cover

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Blues Rockers Delta Generators Appearing Soon!

Acclaimed blues rock band Delta Generators will be performing at The Beal House in Kingston, Massachusetts on Friday, May 5.

Delta Generators (Official Photo)

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New Taj Mahal Album Out Today!

TWO-TIME GRAMMY WINNER, BLUES HALL OF FAMER & AMERICANA MUSIC LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER TAJ MAHAL’S STRIPPED DOWN ALBUM LABOR OF LOVE OUT DECEMBER 16 ON ACOUSTIC SOUNDS

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FIRST RELEASE IN FOUR YEARS SET FOR LP, FEATURES SOLO FAVORITES FROM 1998 PLUS COLLABORATIONS WITH MUSIC MAKER RELIEF FOUNDATION ARTISTS

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If You Like Boz Scaggs, You Will Love Garrett Lebeau!

Sometimes I go on faith that the person booking a show knows something I do not. Such was the case recently when I saw Garrett Lebeau at The Extended Play Sessions at the Fallout Shelter.

Garrett Lebeau

Garrett Lebeau

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Classic Rockers At Their Finest!

It can be risky to see aging rock stars perform; they might be playing guitar with arthritic hands, or their voices (which naturally change as they age) cannot hit the notes they still try to hit. Neither could be further from the truth for Peter Frampton, who appeared at the Lowell Summer Music Series last weekend.

Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton

The man is ageless!

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A Magical Evening of Amazing Harmonicas and Guitar

I first saw Shun Ng perform early last year at a show that was called An Afternoon of Extraordinary Guitars. That moniker did not overstate the talent on stage that day, so I eagerly anticipated seeing him at The Extended Play Sessions with Magic Dick, the harmonica player with the J. Geils Band.

Magic Dick, Shun Ng

Magic Dick, Shun Ng

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Support This Blues Documentary

The final days of the Kickstarter campaign for the documentary The Blues Society, directed by Augusta Palmer, are upon us. It captures the Memphis Country Blues Festival between 1966 and 1969, a time when blacks and whites came together in a city full of strife and segregation.

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Why Did I Not Think Of This???

Music and food is a perfect combination of sensual pleasures, and how better to honor that relationship but to create an album of songs related to food!

Music Maker Relief Foundation and chef Bill Smith have partnered together to compile the new compilation Biscuits For Your Outside Man to be released June 22 on the Music Maker label. It features one previously unreleased song out of 17 tracks.

Biscuits for Your Outside Man (Album Cover)

Biscuits for Your Outside Man (Album Cover)

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Join Us For A Blues/Soul Extravaganza At The Extended Play Sessions

The Fallout Shelter at  The Extended Play Sessions is pleased that blues artist John Nemeth is returning to the studio on Sunday, May 15th. I saw John at a different venue a couple of years ago (it was before I was introduced to The Extended Play Sessions) and loved the show.

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What A Set Of Pipes!

I saw Shemekia Copeland about nine years ago, opening for the late great Koko Taylor, and have been waiting for the chance to see her again. My patience was rewarded with the perfect seat at a stellar show at Regattabar last month.

Shemekia Copeland

Shemekia Copeland

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