Issue 18-29 July 18, 2024
Blues Blast Magazine
by Blues Blast Magazine
1d ago
Cover photo © 2024 Jim Hartzell  In This Issue  Jack Austin has our feature interview with Chris Cain. We have seven Blues reviews for you this week including new music from Tim Kasser, Christopher Wyze & The Tellers, Jeff Pitchell, Sean Webster, Big Joe Kennedy, Katie Knipp and Karen Lawrence. Scroll down and check it out!  From The Editor’s Desk  Hey Blue Fans, Have you voted yet? Voting in the 17th Annual Blues Blast Music Awards began on Monday. All Blues fans can vote one time. Make your voice heard and vote now! CLICK HERE or visit http://www.bluesblastmagazi ..read more
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Jubu Smith – Jubu | Album Review
Blues Blast Magazine
by Jack Austin
1d ago
Jubu Smith – Jubu Little Village – 2024 www.jubusmith.com 10 tracks; 61 minutes With Jubu (2024), multi-instrumentalist and guitarist Jubu Smith, assembles an impressive lineup in the goal of creating a “authoritative groove guitar album”. Smith, who entered the limelight as a guitarist for Tony! Toni! Toné! in the early 1990’s and has gone on to show considerable chops as a studio musician, with hundreds of credits to his name, places guitar front and center on this LP. Smith’s background in blues and R&B bleeds through on every track. Throughout the album, the band, including Grammy nomi ..read more
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Featured Interview – Bob Corritore
Blues Blast Magazine
by Mark Thompson
4d ago
Cover photo © 2024 Marilyn Stringer Musicians are everywhere. Many play for fun with family and friends. Others play in bands that develop a local or regional following. The next level is the touring artists who are still out there trying to make a living playing music full time. And then you have Bob Corritore, a man who embodies the blues in each of his endeavors related to the music. As covered in his previous three Blues Blast interviews, Corritore has been nominated for numerous awards for his harmonica playing. He continues to host a long-running weekly blues radio program. He is respon ..read more
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Blues Blast Music Awards – VOTE NOW
Blues Blast Magazine
by Blues Blast Magazine
5d ago
Voting is now open! Blues Blast Music Awards is now open and continues until August 31, 2024. Voting is free and open to anyone who is a Blues Blast Magazine subscriber. You may only vote one time. CLICK HERE to vote now! If you are not currently a subscriber you may vote anyway and your vote will count. You are automatically signed up as a subscriber to our FREE magazine as part of the voting process. Blues Blast Magazine subscriptions are always free and you may unsubscribe at any time at the bottom of each weekly issue! VOTE NOW ..read more
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Frankie Boy & The Blues Express – Young Man’s Blues | Album Review
Blues Blast Magazine
by Greg "Bluesdog" Szalony
5d ago
Frankie Boy & The Blues Express – Young Man’s Blues self release www.thebluesexpress.com 14 songs time – 63:33 This New England based band offers up a laid back and authenticity-based serving of some very satisfying blues. Frankie Boy Blues aka Frank Maneiro supplies guitar and vocals as well as composing all the original songs. He is in possession of a semi-jive good vibe voice with attitude. The Blues Express is Mickey Maguire on bass, Harrison Foti on drums and the seemingly guest guitarist Mike Morgan. They all contribute occasional backup vocals. Their main influence is the late Luthe ..read more
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Chris Cain – Good Intentions Gone Bad | Album Review
Blues Blast Magazine
by John Sacksteder
1w ago
Chris Cain – Good Intentions Gone Bad Alligator Records http://www.chriscainmusic.com 13 Tracks – 51 Minutes Chris Cain was born in San Diego, California on November 19, 1955, to an African American father and a Greek mother who shared a huge record collection and love of music. Chris saw B.B. King the first time at age 3 and thanks to his parents saw almost every major act that passed through town afterwards including everyone from The Beatles to James Brown and Jimi Hendrix and blues greats Albert King and Johnny Winters among countless others. His father bought him his first guitar at ..read more
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Markey Blue Ric Latina Project – Blue Eyed Soul | Album Review
Blues Blast Magazine
by Marty Gunther
1w ago
Markey Blue Ric Latina Project – Blue Eyed Soul SoulOSound Records SOSR105 www.markeybluericlatina.com 12 songs – 46 minutes Need a break from all of the stress of the real world? The honey-voiced Markey Blue and guitarist Ric Latina have a treat for you. Based in Nashville where they’re partners in life as well as on stage, the husband/wife team have assembled dozens of their closest friends to deliver this deeply romantic, 12-tune chill pill. Markey – a former stand-up comic and Las Vegas showgirl – and Ric – a Rhode Island-born picker who’s worked with several superstars across the blues an ..read more
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Issue 18-28 July 11, 2024
Blues Blast Magazine
by Blues Blast Magazine
1w ago
Cover photo © 2024 Marilyn Stringer  In This Issue  Mark Thompson has our feature interview with Bob Corritore. We have four Blues reviews for you this week including new music from Markey Blue Ric Latina Project, Chris Cain, Jubu Smith and Frankie Boy & The Blues Express. Scroll down and check it out!  From The Editor’s Desk  Hey Blue Fans, The nominees of the 17th Annual Blues Blast Music Awards were announced yesterday. It is a great list of amazing Blues musicians. If you missed it you can check them out at the end of this issue below. Wishing you health, happ ..read more
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17th Blues Blast Music Awards Announced
Blues Blast Magazine
by Blues Blast Magazine
1w ago
Press Release 2024 Blues Blast Music Award Nominees Announcement From Blues Blast Magazine – www.BluesBlastMagazine.com  Contact Information: Bob Kieser (309) 267-4425 or info@bluesblastmagazine.com In June of 2024, a group of music critics, journalists, festival promoters, music venue managers, musicians and other Blues music industry professionals nominated the best in Blues music in twenty three categories. Voting Starts Monday July 15th, 2024 Fan voting begins July 15, 2024 and ends at midnight on August 31, 2024 on our website at http://www.BluesBlastMagazine.com. Voting is free and ..read more
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Featured Interview – Brandon Santini
Blues Blast Magazine
by Ken Billett
1w ago
Cover photo © 2024 Bob Kieser Veteran bluesman Brandon Santini was upfront and honest when asked if he was excited about getting back out and touring. “Yeah, I’m kind of losing my mind here at home, you know. I’m not used to redundancy a lot of time. My girlfriend would probably kill me for saying that. But I miss (performing). My last gig was January 5th and that was here in town (Springfield, Illinois). But before that, it was in December, so I haven’t been on the road in almost seven months now.” In early February, Santini elected to have spinal fusion surgery on the L5 S1 disk section of ..read more
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