I came across a nice story of two musicians who met in the remote land of Lithuania. A small country with a big musical heart. Blues musician Mighty Mo Rodgers (USA) and the keeper of ancient African Griot traditions, Baba Sissoko (Mali) found common ground in their Griot Blues sound. The result is a unique album built on blues and ancient roots music.
They clearly built their music in the house of blues and took inspiration from all styles in the roots, soul and blues genre before it developed into Rock ‘n’Roll. This results in soulful and bluesy songs with a whole lot of diversity. Trainman Blues is hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark and recently released three singles from their upcoming album.
The Blues Sisters of Larkin Poe Hailin’ originally from Atlanta Georgia just released a new single “Preachin’ Blues’. as part of their upcoming album Peach. This Cover of Delta Blues legend Son House contains intense beats, magnificent slide guitar licks, and soulful vocals.
Hailin’ from New Orleans The Deslondes are remarkable for their inventive take on New Orleans Country and Rhythm and Blues. From Bluegrass to Folk and further, it is amazing how this band adopts all genres in the American Roots tradition in their repertoire. This September the band released their sophomore album Hurry Home via New West Records.
New Orleans based The Deslondes
The Deslondes released their second album which includes my personal favorites “Muddy Water” and “Hurricane Shakedown”. Hurry Home contains 13 songs in a variety of blues, roots, and country.
The Punk roots Rockers of the Legendary Shack Shakers are about to release a new record on August 25th. via Last Chance Records. Prior to the album release, they aired a new song called “After You’ve Gone”
“The maddest, baddest, most outrageous band in America”
These Guys have often been described as “The maddest, baddest, most outrageous band in America.. a rockabilly version of the Sex Pistols.” Alsof frontman J.D Wilkes The “last greatest Rock N Roll frontman”.
The Shack Shakers sure made name for themself, and luckily, last June I had the pleasure to see these guys live on stage which was a fantastic Rock N Roll experience.
The Legendary Shack Shakers – “After You’ve Gone”
The .357 String Band takes you from traditional Roots to Americana and Folk, here and there to Gospel and of course like the name suggests to Bluegrass. But above all, they bring razor sharp, adrenaline-fueled live shows to your hometown with a sound the band calls Streetgrass.
Wisconsin Bases .357 String Band
The Wisconsin state motto is simple – “Forward.” Milwaukee’s own .357 String Band epitomizes this spirit, they will tell you on their website. The .357 String Band was established in 2004. Over the years these guys have traveled more miles than most other bands; from the West Coast of the U.S. to as far east as Serbia, playing hundreds of shows in 10 different.
.357 String Band – Stillest Hour
Homage to both the dark roots of Americana
The band tells us they pay homage to both the dark roots of Americana – the fatalistic murder ballads, sneering Outlaw Country and unforgiving Gospel. Using only stringed instruments, The .357 String Band plays with all the fire and fury of Rock & Roll; with a surprising musical and lyrical refinement. To understand that statement you should really listen to songs like “Stillest Hour”, “Evil On My Mind” and “Down on a Bender”.
The Budrows from California introduce their music best themself. On their website you can read: “Mix part cigar box guitar with foot stomping beat, add a heaping scoop of blues harp, sprinkle liberally with washboard percussion and top with searing female vocals. Turn up loud, and serve with Whiskey for a good time”.
Folk and Blues with powerful Harmonica solos
This trio really brings fine music. Like no other band they produce catchy Roots, Folk and Blues tunes through guitar riffs and clear vocals. Their harmonica solos do add a whole lot power to their songs and above all, they have good lyrics.
Live on stage performances
Live on stage their songs complemented with their performance are kicking ass. But also their recorded albums create an atmosphere that feels like your just in front of them while they play songs on your porch.
Songs you should really listen are “Roll ‘n Tumblr”, “Devil’s On My Side” and “Mountainbike Song”. These different songs but all have The Budrows flavor.