The California Honeydrops – Call It Home (feat. Bonnie Raitt) (2018)

“This album, like this band and its members, cannot be put in a box. Though very much ‘of this time’, the music and stories on this album take you through many eras, places and points of view. Some songs might find you reminiscing, cruising your old neighborhood a sunny day with a full orchestra pouring out of the stereo. Then suddenly you hear tambourines and voices pouring out of a storefront church. You may find yourself sweating out a weeks work on the dance floor at a house party or just singing round a campfire with a guitar and washboard. You might find yourself taken from a street parade surrounded by mournful horns, to gazing up at the starry sky contemplating your place in the universe, all in a single song. There are many journeys and emotions awaiting the listener on Call it Home. You never know where the Honeydrops will take you, but where ever you end up, you’ll want to dance.”

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Blackberry Smoke – Flesh and Bone (2018)

“I don’t care how bad your week has sucked, or how mopey you are that you’ve already reneged on your New Year’s resolutions, Blackberry Smoke just announced they have a new album on the way, have just unveiled a new song, and all is right in the world, at least where hard-driving Southern-inflected roots rock is concerned.” Saving Source

Earl Hooker – Bertha (1967)

“This rare circa-1967 album has what you’d expect from a vintage Earl Hooker LP: blues instrumentals with unfailingly stinging guitar, a relaxed groove, and soul-tinged arrangements bolstered by solid organ.(…)But for the most part the program is original, including one number, “Bertha,” that seems to look toward Santo & Johnny’s sleepy slide guitar workouts for inspiration.” Source

The Bonnevilles – Long Runs The Fox (2018)

“When you’re a minimalist, it doesn’t take much to fancy things up, and a quick spin of Dirty Photographs, the fourth studio album from Irish blues-punk brawlers the Bonnevilles, certainly bears this out. This is a band that clearly has no plans to reinvent the wheel, and for the most part, Dirty Photographs serves up a hearty portion of what the group is known for: big, dirty guitar riffs from Andrew McGibbon, Jr.; pounding drums courtesy of Chris McMullan; and tunes that wrap traditional blues figures around lyrics that put a 21st century spin on the usual tales of bad luck and trouble.” Allmusic

Imarhan – Azzaman (2017)

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“When Imarhan released their self-titled debut album in 2016, they stepped into a genre already flooded with talent and exposure, but still managed to rise to the top and be heralded as the “new wave Of Tuareg music“ by Fact Magazine and The Guardian. It is with much anticipation that the band from Tamanrasset, Algeria have announced the details of their second album Temet, due out February 26 on City Slang.”Bandcamp

Beck (feat. Charlie Haden) – Ramshackle (1996)

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“”Ramshackle” on Odelay is a brother to “Blackhole” on Mellow Gold in many ways. Both end their respective albums on a haunting, mellow acoustic note. Both feature a member of the Haden family (“Blackhole” with Petra on violin, “Ramshackle” with her father Charlie on bass). Both were produced by Tom and Rob from Bong Load. Both are about the downtrodden, the homeless.”Source

Tom Waits – The Soul Of A Man


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“Waits nails Johnson’s signature growling vocals and slide guitar work, and the production gives the track and old-timey feel, almost as if it were actually recorded in the 1920s. Altogether, it’s a toe-tapping homage to one of blues’ more publicly underrated legends, a man whose recording of “Dark Was The Night – Cold Was The Ground” was deemed important enough to be included on the gold record aboard Voyager 1.
The full album, entitled God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson, is out Feb. 26.”