Grahame’s Pick of the Year . . . . Part One

Posted on: Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012

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With myself having a more ‘hands-on’ role this year with the site, due to Ken’s globetrotting and workload . . . fine when I was enjoying my eight-month, ahem, sabbatical . . . but a bit hectic since being back in full-time employment in July myself . . . I thought 2012 was a pretty good year in the blues and related genres.

Here, in no particular order, are some albums I’ve really enjoyed this year:

Otis Grand – Blues 65

The Cadillac Kings – Gonna Tell Your Momma

Hans Theessink & Terry Evans – Delta Time

Enrico Crivellaro – Freewheelin’

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Royal Southern Brotherhood – self titled

Raphael Wressnig & Alex Schultz – Soul Gift

Paul Thorn – What The Hell Is Going On?

Eddie Martin – Looking Forward Looking Back

Ron Sayer Jr – Better Side

Janiva Magness – Stronger For It

Amongst a host bubbling under . . . Mud Morganfield, Josh Smith, The White Knuckle Blues Band, L.R. Phoenix, RJ Mischo, Nathan James, Paul Lamb & The King Snakes, Curtis Salgado, 24Pesos . . . . and many more!

A couple of EP type releases worthy of mention are Wigan lad John Fairhurst and his great “Hungry Blues” , and the Hamburg-based ‘jam’ band Cosmic Finger, whose “Streets Of Fortune” was excellent. Given the sheer volume of material received, some of fine albums still to be reviewed include Blues ‘N’ Trouble’s latest, “Try Anything Twice”, Kent-based roots and blues rocker Rosco Levee’s “Final Approach To Home”; and an absolutely corking compilation from Secret Records – Ike Turner’s “Trouble Up The Road”, a collection of 26 various tracks all recorded in 1961.

DVD/CD packages featured this year . . . well worth checking out was the lavish 5-disc set (three DVD, two audio) of The Lucky Peterson Band featuring Tamara Peterson, “Live At The 55 Arts Club” . . . . the Texan and band on blistering form in Berlin; German guitarist Henrik Freischlader and band, “Show No 47” . . . a two disc DVD recorded in a small club on the “Still Frame Replay” tour, with a nice ‘on the road’ feature as an extra.

I would personally like to thank anyone who has sent a cd for review this year. . . Ken and I appreciate the support for the site, although the time-factors involved, work commitments, etc., means we can’t always sadly get around to reviewing everything, but we do our best! Most of all thanks to Ken for letting me ‘drive’ the site!

Cheers, GRAHAME

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