Sunday, October 30, 2016

Donald Ray Johnson and Gas Blues Band Bluesin' Around (2016)

Lawd have mercy! Aleluia Blues brother Donald and fellow Blues preachers in this outfit. The Blues sure is alive, judging by what they brought us punks recently. I never understood why there are so many people talking about keeping the Blues alive. Is the Blues dying? Damn, no, by all means, and this record is the very living proof of it. This record and thousands of others being released every year. The Blues will never die as long as there musicians who want to keep it alive. So stop winnin' about the Blues and book them musicians on your clubs and festivals. Enough preaching, punks. Donald Ray Johnson is a Blues veteran with an impressive curriculum and this wonderful record just adds to the legend. Backed by a first class European band, Donald presents us with a Blues gem. Great soulful vocals and an excellent overall performance in this record. Top shelf in any Blues collection. You can even let your hair down and dance to it, 'cause it sure sounds funky every now and then.
Donald Ray Johnson and Gas Blues Band Bluesin' Around is a must buy, punks. Don't make me chase you with my '44 Magnun. Run and GO get it right now!

Dirty Harry

Sunday, October 23, 2016

AJ Plug Chew Chew Chew (2016)

Here's another record which isn't strictly Blues. But you'll agree with me that it is full of great music, won't you punks? Or else... Well, I'm sure you won't need the persuasion of my powerful .44 Magnum to see the light. AJ spreads through a lot of americana stuff, as they call it these days. There's country, classic rock, blues, psychedelia, you name it. From Grace Slick to Sheryl Crow, with a hint of Lucinda Williams in between. This woman means business, punks. Chew Chew Chew sounds hard and tight, with great guitars and excellent musicians. If this sounds the same live, some of you older punks will dig out again your forgotten pills and grass stash. Hell, Jerry Garcia would have loved this girl. AJ is true to her musical roots and has mastered her own personnal approach to those. A great voice for the present and the future. I don't know if AJ is already the Dutch Blues Queen, punks, but one thing is for sure, Tineke Schoemaker has a lot of competition ahead.
AJ Plug's Chew Chew Chew is a wonderful new record with great music in it and you've got to get it right now, punks!

Dirty Harry

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Charlie & The Bluescats Without You (2016)

Charlie's got the Blues. I'm sure of that. This is heavy stuff, dense, deep, sometimes unfathomable Blues. It's so blunt you can feel his pain through his vocals and guitar. You all have heard the old cliché about living the life to sing about it, right? That is surely true on most of the old Blues Masters, and Charlie produces that same exact feeling. He knows what he's talking about. He's telling us stories of lost love and bad luck and trouble, and you can feel he's been there. This guy is what the Blues are all about. Plain, deep emotion on every note. Although Charlie's music is and sounds totally original, he was of course influenced in his style, and two guys come to mind immediatly in terms of raw emotion and intensity, Freddie King and Buddy Guy. And a hint of early blues-rock masters, like Robin Trower and Rory Gallagher. Devoided of any fast show-off guitar playing, this is a record for those who prefer deep, intense and big sounding old fashioned guitar riffing and in your face solid vocals. I mean, all of you, punks.
Charlie & The Bluescats Without You (2016) is an amazing record from the old new artist on the block, so welcome the return of the southern boy and go get his record as soon as it comes out, punks! Someone told me it will be released in November, in The Netherlands, and the Cats are touring there that very same month. Check it out!

Dirty Harry
The King Brothers Get Up and Shake It (2016)

Having Freddie King in the family never did any harm to a Bluesman. Having said that, I must admit that these King Brothers speak with their own voice. And that's what's expected of any true Bluesman. In particular when you consider that these days there are a lot of clones in the music business, Blues genre not excluded. There's also not a lot of new stuff in this recording. Not that I think that's an issue. The most important thing in this album, though, is that it sounds free, loose and relaxed, and it sounds original, even if most of the tunes are not. Original is good, punks, and the King Brothers score pretty high in that department. This is an album to sit pretty damn good in any Blues collection. Tight and groovy, funky as can be, it's a great all around Blues recording and the bros are on top of their game. I wonder if they are planning crossing the big pond for some live shows in old Europe. If they sound anything close to this live, their's will be a show you punks can't miss.
The King Brothers Get Up and Shake It (2016) is a fine Blues album. You can hear it, you can dance to it, you must go and get it, punks!

Dirty Harry
Thornetta Davis Honest Woman (2016)

You hardcore Blues fans punks will argue that this is not a pure Blues album. You're right, it isn't. But I found it so much Blues infused that I couldn't resist including it in this pages. And it is a great recording, whatever your musical allegiances may be. It is a great testimony of all the great black american music we've had the privilege to enjoy for decades. Thornetta's Blues infused Soul is right on the money. Make no mistake, "Honest Woman" could have been released in the sixties and hold it's own against any of the heavy weights of the time, Otis and Aretha included. It's unbelievably refreshing that this wonderful tradition is still alive and kicking. Enough of my self indulgence. Thornetta Davis is a true "Queen of the Blues", and of Gospel, Soul and Rock 'n' Roll. Great musicians on this album too, everything sounds as it should, down to the last detail. And Thornetta's voice is in great shape, powerful, soulful and absolutely in charge. I can't wait to see this woman live with this band.
Thornetta Davis Honest Woman (2016) is an all time great album. You punks don't have any other option but to get it asap. It's a no brains winner!

Dirty Harry

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Fiona Boyes Professin' The Blues (2016)

Fiona has been around for a long time, her credits are well known. Nevertheless, it is always good when an established artist doesn't loose momentum and hits the jackpot again. No need to throw the dice, she did.
Masterful execution of acoustic Blues guitar, all styles and then some. Vocals that range from soulfoul to spooky. Lyrics sometimes dead serious, turn into open satire on occasion. Blues, gospel, rock 'n' roll, the woman does it all. And if any of you punks will have Fiona playing in your neighbourhood, do not loose the chance to see and hear one of the finest Blues artists of our time.
Fiona Boyes Professin' The Blues (2016) is a great new record from the bluesy aussie. Go get it right now, punks!

Dirty Harry

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cheryl Renée Live with Them Bones (2008)

Now, have you ever seen a performer of this caliber? Sure, in the past there has been a pretty nice collection of Blues divas, but Cheryl is an unique “Goddess of the Blues”.
Live with Them Bones shows Cheryl in her natural element: the stage. The band sounds tight and groovy, and Cheryl is in charge. A powerful voice with a masterful Blues feeling and an heritage of Blues generations behind it. And Cheryl is equally adept on piano and organ, backing up her amazing vocals with both traditional and modern Blues styles, inserting her own licks now and then. A true personal approach, like many masters before her.
Cheryl Renée Live with Them Bones is a must buy and listen, and I hope we can see Cheryl live in Europe one of these days.

Dirty Harry

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Uh uh. I know what you're thinking. "Did he fire six shots or only five?" 

Well, to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. 

But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, that would blow your head clean off, you've gotta ask yourself one question:

"Do I feel lucky?"

Well, do ya, punk?

Right, I'm Dirty Harry and this is the first post of Another Blues is Knocking.
In all this excitement, I forgot to tell you that the punk mentioned above got the Blues instantly. And that's what we do here, me and Mr. Leen Velthuis, we make sure all you punks get the Blues. How?

Promoting all things Blues, independent or unknown artists in particular, by means of reviews, interviews, articles, and all about Blues in general.

Another Blues is Knocking is also an extension of the radio show with the same name, hosted by the incomparable DJ Leen Velthuis on Friendtastic Radio, in The Netherlands. So you punks can hear it there and read about it here.

Lets get some Blues
Dirty Harry