Eddy Clearwater is equally talented as a bluish singer and as an improvising guitarist. On Reservation Blues, he ranges from Chicago blues to rock & roll, throwing in a couple instrumentals too. His repertoire includes both socially relevant lyrics and good-time music, featuring some of the latter when the former gets a bit too somber. Although there are some solid solos from his supporting players (including three guitar spots for Duke Robillard, two fine solos from tenor saxophonist Dennis Taylor, and a guest appearance by Carey Bell on harmonica during "Find Yourself"), Clearwater is the main star throughout. Fortunately, he is heard in prime form, whether happily jamming "I Wouldn't Lay My Guitar Down" and "Blues Cruise" or singing in a more serious mood on "Winds of Change" and "Everything to Gain." A gem.
Californisoul is all about great songs. This album shines in the depth and soul of the songs and songwriting - no cookie cutter filler to be found. Supersonic Blues Machine is Lance Lopez (guitars/vocals/songwriter), Fabrizio Grossi (bass, producer, songwriter), and Kenny Aronoff (drums). As they've proven on their first album and round of shows, it's not a party unless you invite some friends, and for Californisoul, they've brought along some heavy hitters. Guests on the album include Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Steve Lukather (Toto) throws down some stunning licks, Eric Gales is back in the fold, Robben Ford brings his bag of soulfully sophisticated chops and Walter Trout brings some silky slow blues. You may come for the stars, but you'll want to stay for the whole show. Supersonic Blues Machine is truly a family as well as a band, and these guests don't phone it in, they stay for dinner. The community aspect is very real, and one of the band's great treasures.
Downchild Blues Band - Something I've Done (2017)
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 87 mb
Americana, Blues | Label: LinusDownchild has an illustrious and colorful history now spanning five decades. Something I've Done is another stellar entry in a discography with very few equals in terms of both quantity and quality. The history of Downchild would certainly make a fascinating movie, and in fact aspects of the band's story were used in the hit movie The Blues Brothers. The Toronto-based group's universally-recognized status as Canada's best-loved blues band is reaffirmed by the accolades they receive including: Juno Awards, Entertainer of The Year at the Maple Blues Awards, as well as North American festival favorites in both North American and European Blues Festivals.