It is industrial and as raw as garage rock gets. It is also bluesy and Rock ‘n’ Roll. John Spencer Blues explosion meets Janis Joplin. The Delta Blues / Garage of The Stooges and the blues of Mississippi Fred Mc Dowell. It is the France based duo Hoboken Division . This November they released their latest album “The Mesmerizing Mix Up Of The Diligent John Henry”.
Mark “Porkchop” Holder’s Just released a new studio LP called Death and the Blues. This release marks the Chattanooga-based bluesman’s second solo album away from his founding band, Black Diamond Heavies.
You might know Mark “Porkchop” Holder. He originally turned the blues on its head more than a decade ago as a founding member of punk/blues band Black Diamond Heavies.
Mark has been tearing up juke joints, festivals and dive bars since the Black Diamond Heavies started. It wasn’t until earlier this year that the Tennessee musician released his own debut solo album, Let It Slide.
This November Mark “Porkchop” Holder released his sophomore album Death and the Blues. This bluesman knows how to deliver some of the finest blues songs you’ll find today. This results in an album you easily listen for multiple hours. Expect harmonica tunes that Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf made famous and, badass guitar solos in the Hill Country tradition.
Hard driving Guitar solos are all over the place and their thriving vocals and harmonica melodies complement the sound of The Cold Heart Revue perfectly. This band knows how to bring Rock ‘n Roll, Blues and Guitar Rock out a stage. They already had a chart-topping Number #1 hit on the iTunes Blues Single Chart with “You’re A Picture on a Wall” and now they released their second EP “Renegade Heart”.
Like many other notable British Blues musicians, David Robinson of the Cold Heart Revue stands out in bad ass guitar solos and blues rocking arrangements. Their newest EP “Renegade Heart” is a shout out for the revival of hard blues rock and that is what we are waiting for!
4 Piece Blues Band The Cold Heart Revue
David Robinson ( Vocals/Lead Electric Guitar/Lead Slide ) started performing as a solo acoustic blues artist under the name ‘The Cold Heart Revue‘ in 2014. Struck by the authenticity of blues music when performed he recorded his first EP as a solo artist and decided to recruit a full band to perform on the follow-up ‘Renegade Heart’, earlier this year. ‘The Cold Heart Revue’ became a 4 piece band in2017.
Interview about The New Cold Heart Revue EP “Renegade Heart”
Curious about the recording process, the band and the blues scene in England I spoke with Frontman David Robinson about the upcoming The Cold Heart Revue Album “Renegade Heart.
BBB: “All songs on the EP contain arrangements with additions that make the music powerful. For example, The harmonica additions in “American Rain” also the Backing vocals in “Tattoo Girl”, are very appealing. Can you tell something about the recording process? And did you gather some guest musicians?”
David:”Thank you for your encouragement. I am a regular reader of your blog and I am happy to be featured in this article.” “The harmonica on ‘American Rain’ came from a need to add extra heaviness to the sound. The harmonica is a great instrument that ties hard rock to the blues and does give the song a kick. The backing vocals on ‘Tattoo Girl’ came from simple joyful exuberance and they were enjoyable to do. It also helps to differentiate the verses and the choruses. The core of each song was recorded live – the drums, bass guitar, rhythm guitar and lead guitar was recorded with the amplifiers in separate rooms and mic’d up. I then added the vocals, piano, Hammond organ and harmonica.”
Well, this Blues ‘n Roll duo hailin’ from Missouri is influenced by The Hooten Hallers, Radio Moscow, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and R. L. Burnside. If that doesn’t make you interested in their sound! The Maness Brother combine some of the grooviest rock ‘n roll with Blues Rock and made heavy guitar and harmonica solos a trademark of their sound.
Bring rock n’ roll back into the forefront of the promise land
This April the Maness Brothers released their latest album called “Maness Brothers” . As far as blues and rock can be combined the Maness Brother sho’ know how to do that. From A to Z, songs are heavy, bluesy and groovy. Like “Bailin’Hay”, which features killer up-tempo drums, screaming harmonica tunes and some fine slide guitar.
With a fresh new album the Blues is once again in the perfectly unsafe hands of Left Lane Cruiser. Oh Yeah! This new full-length studio album called, Claw Machine Wizard is what I really looked forward to. You’ll find 10 songs of gut-stomping’ heavy blues from this Indiana-based band.
Left Lane Cruiser ‘s Claw Machine Wizard stands out for its diversity
Claw Machine Wizard really stands out for its diversity. Expect crazy riffs, Changing tempo’s, heavy vocals and gritty edges on this album. Overall you’ll hear in all songs the Left Lane Cruiser trademark but as an album individually you’ll find out these Guys went into a new direction on Claw Machine Wizard.
Left Lane Cruiser – Still Rollin’
Left Lane Cruiser back to duo format
This is already the seventh studio album for Alive Naturalsound Records from the Fort Wayne, Indiana-based blues rockers. Founder Freddy J Evans IV (guitar/vocals) has returned to the duo format the band has been known for since their inception over 10 years ago (save for the expanded three-piece on their last album of new material, Dirty Spliff Blues). The decision to pare the band back down was made by Freddy. “Left Lane Cruiser was born as a two-piece and our attack and style of blues just works better as a duo,” admits the frontman in their official press release.
Claw Machine Wizard gets better every time
Claw Machine Wizard gets better every time you listen to it. You’ll find at least 4 hits on this album and they’re worth listening all day. “Still Rollin'” is a song based on a heavy blues riff and further contains some fantastic lyrics. “Booga Chaka” stands out for the slide guitar based groove. “Liquor Store” starts as a slow blues song but then quickly turns into a wall of sound. Here they also show how to bring a guitar solo like real Rock ‘n Rollers. “High Maintenance” is one of the grooviest songs on this album and here I really like how the vocals complement the music so fucking good.
LEFT LANE CRUISER – Booga Chaka