Blues

Please Don't Be Dead (CD)

Lots of music — generic, radio-sanitized, dull — gets too generously called “soul.” On the opposite side of the spectrum, we have Fantastic Negrito’s Please Don’t Let Me Be Dead. Now this is soul: urgent, passionate, feverish, intoxicatingly good ol’ fashioned message-driven, possessed-by-a-higher-power soul. The Grammy-winning artist takes on despair-inducing themes like addiction, gun violence, and censorship and spits out a vibrant plea to take on our cultural challenges together, to join hands and work towards change. It’s a forceful, astonishing rallying cry.

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British Blues Explosion Live (CD)
British blues-rock stalwart Joe Bonamassa celebrates the masters on this new live album, featuring classics by Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and more. Recorded with a crack 5-piece band at Greenwich Music Time in London in 2016, he held the audience in thrall with sizzling versions of Clapton's “Mainline Florida,” Beck's “Spanish Boots,” Zeppelin's “I Can't Quit You Baby,” and the like. Read more
Live At The Greek Theatre (CD)

On Live at the Greek Theatre, Joe Bonamassa celebrates his musical heroes Freddie, Albert, and B.B. King in style. Bonamassa gives the Kings' classic work his own contemporary spin, without losing the heart, vitality, and power of the originals. The band, who also backed Bonamassa for his Muddy Wolf tribute shows, is excellent as expected, with an ebullient horn section, soulful backing vocalists, and powerful percussion. The recording itself is crisp, clean, and lively; it does an excellent job of conveying the excitement and intensity of the blues rocker's stage shows. These uplifting, dynamic cover versions are a fitting nod to the lasting legacy of the blues.

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