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Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters: Hope Radio (Elite)

Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters: Hope Radio (Elite)

Okay, all instrumental, guitar-driven blues isn't for everyone I agree -- but if anyone can persuade you to the cause it is Earl and his white-hot band which have their feet firmly in two camps, tough Texas blues where Earl is at home and freewheeling jazz-blues courtesy of pianist and Hammond player Dave Limina. So this is sort of...

Tab Benoit with Louisiana Leroux: Night Train to Nashville (Elite)

Tab Benoit with Louisiana Leroux: Night Train to Nashville (Elite)

Blues singer/guitarist Benoit recorded this album live in Nashville in 2006 with his band Louisiana Leroux the night before he picked up the BB King award for entertainer of the year and best contemporary performer. Guests on stage included Jim Lauderdale, Kim Wilson of the fabulous Thunderbirds and Jimmy Hall of West Willie. Benoit can play...

Sonny Landreth: From the Reach (Shock)

Sonny Landreth: From the Reach (Shock)

Having once stood in torrential rain and mud up to my boot-tops at a New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to watch guitarist Sonny Landreth, I have always felt a strange loyalty to him. I have faithfully reviewed his many albums but always came to the same conclusion. Gifted though he obviously is -- and conceding his career performing...

Billy TK Jnr: Presenting Billy TK Jnr (Ode)

Billy TK Jnr: Presenting Billy TK Jnr (Ode)

It's odd that this album should be called "Presenting" given that Auckland-based guitarist Billy TK Jnr has been taking his brand of tough Texas blues around the bars and clubs of New Zealand (and to Texas) for about two decades. Perhaps the reason he isn't a household name is that he has been known to take sabbaticals and go get...

Little Feat and Friends: Join the Band (429/Shock)

Little Feat and Friends: Join the Band (429/Shock)

That Little Feat survived the death of founder Lowell George back in 79 wasn't so surprising. Much as George was the charismatic, stoned frontman there was no denying that this was a band of stunning musicians. They took time out after George's death -- a decade almost -- but their re-formation was somehow inevitable. Naturally their critics...

The Lil' Band o' Gold: The Promised Land (Dust Devil Music)

The Lil' Band o' Gold: The Promised Land (Dust Devil Music)

"Supergroup" isn't a word you hear bandied about in the self-effacing world of Cajun music/swamp rock/zydeco circles but this outfit fits that description and on this, their second album, they mine that soulful Southern sound which Little Feat, Beausoleil and others have found so profitable and enjoyable. So here are accordion...

JIMMY BUFFETT INTERVIEWED (2011): Sail on sailor

JIMMY BUFFETT INTERVIEWED (2011): Sail on sailor

Easy-going Jimmy Buffett always gives the impression he's in walkshorts and a Hawaiian shirt, and is just metres away from the ocean filling in time until cocktail hour with his Coral Reefer Band. Buffett – often in shorts and bare feet -- has performed in all kinds of places, most often within hearing distance of an ocean (his...

Tom Principato: A Part of Me (Powerhouse)

Tom Principato: A Part of Me (Powerhouse)

Singer-guitarist Principato has some fine friends who line up to help out here. Slide guitarist Sonny Landreth, Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns, and Chuck Leavell (Allmans and Stones) on keyboards, keyboard player Brian Auger, bassist Willie Weeks . . . Sort of rootsy superstar session (with people who are rather far below the threshold...

Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy: Adieu False Heart (Vanguard/Shock)

Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy: Adieu False Heart (Vanguard/Shock)

When was the last time you read a review of a Ronstadt album in New Zealand media? Hmmm That said, I too might have passed over this one if it hadn't been for someone of impeccable taste suggesting I listen to their version of the old Left Banke hit Walk Away Renee here . . . and then I noticed the liner notes thank the people of Breaux...

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