Canadian bluesman Steve Strongman is set to release his fifth full-length new studio album “No Time Like Now” on March 10, 2017. Strongman is a 21st-century bluesman remarkable for his tight acoustic blues riffs.
Shout-out to a lifelong love of Blues
The album is a shout-out to a lifelong love of blues in all its shapes and shadings, from rough-hewn electric blues, blue-collar hollers and swampy stompers to soulful groovers and hushed, heartfelt ballads. Steve won multiple Canadian Blues awards and presents himself as a true gatekeeper of the blues.
New Electric sound on “No Time Like Now”
“No Time Like Now” is electric and filled with some kick ass solos and steady riffs, nevertheless Strongman’s trademark sound is hearable throughout the album.
Electric blues bands: New Zealand’s Heart Attack Alley
They deliver a tight blues sound and remember us of tunes we heard more than fifty years ago when electric harmonica-driven blues was new. They also bring us back to the late seventies when Garage punk songs were everywhere. Heart Attack Alley from Auckland New Zealand originated in 2009 in a series of blues jam sessions on Kristal G’s front porch.
Little Walter to The Cramps
Little Walter and garage band the Cramps would be happy to hear these musicians bring the raw and harmonica-based songs to the stage. Not only the blues inspires Heart Attack Alley also punk and garage bands are visible influences of this New Zealand band. The mix of blues and garage sho’ brings some new dimensions to their sound.
Earlier this year HPKNS released “LA Andy.” And “Soda Man” containing some pounding bass heavy beat & grooving guitar lines. With Amy Spencer Blues they continu to built a repertoire based on electro blues rock riffs.
Debut Single “Soda Man” by Australian Blues / House duo HPKNS
The bandname of Blues / House duo HPKNS from Melbourne, Australia pays homage to blues legend Lightnin’ Hopkins whose traditional foot stomping blues forms the basis of HPKNS style. This duo is eccentric and unique for the way they approach the blues roots in their music.
Inspiration for “Soda Man”
Inspired by the songs of the Texas blues legend Lightnin’ Hopkins you will find a mixture of danceable beats and electrifying guitar and bass riffs in their music. HPKNS launched their ‘Devilishly Pounding’ Blues // House debut single ‘Soda Man’ this September and are ready to hit the road.
‘Soda Man’ is a grooving song with an attractive guitar riff and feels like a 2016 version of the work bluesmen like Son House once recorded. Listen to “Death Letter Blues”, which he recorded in 1965 and you’ll find a similar groove in HPKNS arrangements.
I liked listening to the 44 pistol songs, and you will notice that they are at their best in the bar. Like they showed us in the video for “Born in the Borderlands”.
.44 Pistol are a young, high energy electric blues band. Slide guitar driven, stripped back & dirty, they bring together the laid back country blues of artists such as Mississippi Fred McDowell with the raw electric sound of contemporary bands like the White Stripes. Up-tempo, rough & ready this is music to drink, dance and stomp your feet along to.
The band recently announced a hiatus until further notice. Lets hope these guys will be back on stage one day! Listen en learn more about .44 Pistol here.
SOUNDS LIKE: Electric British Blues | R.L. Burnside | T-Model Ford |
Taj Mahal’s Leaving Trunk kicks off with a killer harmonicar riff followed by a high rocking guitar riff played by Ry Cooder. The bass guitar is funky and the vocals rhythmic. Leaving Trunk is the opening song of Taj’s debut album called “Taj Mahal”.
Song Based on Milk Cow Blues
Parts of Leaving Trunk are based on Sleepy John Estes Milk Cow Blues which the Tennessee bluesman recorded in 1930. Nevertheless the Taj Mahal version is completely different, this songs rocks, the vocals are strong and rhythmic. With Leaving Trunk Mahal made his mark in the world of blues in 1968.
I went upstairs to pack my leavin’ trunk
I ain’t see no blues, whiskey made me sloppy drunk
I ain’t never seen no whiskey, the blues made me sloppy drunk
I’m going back to Memphis babe, where I’ll have much better luck
Belgian Bluesman The Goon Mat, known for his work with Bluesband Stinky Lou and The Goon MAt with Lord Berando, went a couple of years ago to Clarksdale Mississippi to feel the roots of blues. His Journey was directed, filmed, and edited by Iain McCray Martinand for the documentary Mud on your Shoes Blues.
‘Mud on Your Shoes Blues’ documentary
What you see is the journey of a bluesman to places such as Clarksdale, MS, Memphis, TN, and Atlanta, GA. The Goon Mat visits John Lowe owner of Xanadu Music and Books for a jam session. He drives through the Delta and visits fine places around the blues diaspora.
As a member of Stinky Lou And The Goon Mat With Lord Benardo Band, The Goon Mat made quite some fame in Europe. This blues and boogie band brings slide guitar blues in the style of R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimborough. They made the rhythms Mississippi Fred Mc Dowell once made faster and boogier. The band with “the Longest Band name in history” plays some of the finest Boogie ‘n’ Roots like a Uncontrolled Tornado Sweeping away everything that’s in their way.
According to their record label Voodoo Rhythm Records “Matthias Dalle ( the goon mat) is hip to the hypnotic drone that is reminiscent of a Junior Kimbrough, STINKY LOU assaults his washtub base not unlike a man whose hair is on fire…and LORD BENARDO…that boy has positively lost his mind and plays the most demented and groovin’ harp the good old world has to offer”.
Photo credit: By CaptainMary (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The Goon Mat & Lord Bernardo – Stay On Me
The Goon Mat & Lord Benardo – What It’s All About / Stay on Me
Stinky Lou and The Goon Mat With Lord Bernardo on Spotify