Album Reviews

Matthew Stubbs & The Antiguas

Matthew Stubbs has been the lead guitarist for Charlie Musselwhite’s band for the past ten years and you might expect a blues or blues/soul record from him, given his past … Read more

Various Artists

This is a no brainer—giving coverage to this magazine’s eponym and a tribute marking Elmore James’ 100th birthday.  In the first of what will likely be several tributes to Elmore … Read more

Fischer’s Flicker

A Chicago-based band led by songwriter musicians and vocalist Scott Fischer, Fischer’s Flicker is known for their deep lyrics and intricate music; full albums filled with ironic and amusing lyrics, … Read more

Kristy Cox

The bloodless, broken relationship depicted in the forlorn and decidedly rustic “A Bed This Cold,” off bluegrass and gospel darling Kristy Cox’s new album Ricochet, is almost certainly a lost cause. … Read more

Tommy Emmanuel

After some years of scarcity and lack of recorded offerings, Australia’s simply astonishing acoustic guitar wonder Tommy Emmanuel has unexpectedly and delightfully decided to roll out a raft of new … Read more

Tinsley Ellis

Tinsley Ellis marks his return to Alligator where he debuted 30 years ago with this fiery, guitar-driven effort, Winning Hand. Just last year, upon the release of his fourth album … Read more

Curtis Salgado and Alan Hager

The miracle man returns with yet another extraordinary album. Curtis Salgado sings soul and the blues as if honey and habanero were sizzling on a whetstone. You’d expect rail crossings … Read more

Cousin Harley

An album of Merle Travis covers always has an uphill battle, a struggle to catch the immediate impact of the late US country picking wizard in any truly meaningful way. … Read more

Jules Shear

A consummate singer/songwriter and guitarist, Jules Shear has been releasing solo albums since his 1983 debut ‘Watch Dog’ (EMI Records). He’s found chart success with his own singles while penning … Read more

Paul Giallorenzo Trio

  With more room to roam in his newly formed jazz minimalist trio, adventurous Chicago pianist Paul Giallorenzo steps to the fore on Flow. Deftly manipulating chords like a puppet … Read more