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Album Review Various Artists, “Bongo Boy Records Presents: Backroom Blues, Volume Two” By: Dana Saravia – Life-long rock & roller, current music critic and Girl From Baltimore

The blues is a musical tradition that is rich in heritage and has been played far and wide for many years, influencing and informing many genres and musicians. Bongo Boy Records has curated a selection of diverse current independent artists in modern blues music, in styles ranging from traditional blues to blues inspired rock, for the second release inphoto the Backroom Blues compilation series. by Jerry Saravia

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The set begins with NYC/NJ blues scene veteran Jeanne Lozier’s contribution “Beg & Plead”. The wailing harmonica and grinding groove combine with rough, raw, emotional vocals to create a song reminiscent of something off Big Brother and the Holding Company’s first album with Janis as played with a harder rock sound. Not only makes a good introduction to this artist, but to this compilation as well.

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From their name alone, Asbury Park, NJ’s Rocket 88 proudly show their adoration for blues, r&b and the roots of rock & roll. With their cover of Slim Harpo’s “Shake Your Hips”, they prove their love of performing and bringing classics to a current audience. Their version gets the groove going with only guitar and minimal rhythm section, then blasts off mid tune to create a party number with a classic feel and great energy.

Steel Notes Magazine June 2016  

Steel Notes Magazine June 2016