DJ for Host of Blues with a Twist
Palm Bay, Florida, United States
Originally from Alabama, Sister Mary has now been in Florida for 50 years. In 2003, she started volunteering at WFIT during the fund drives. One Saturday, she volunteered during the Saturday Blues show. This led to her helping out with the Playlists on the the Blues Shows. In 2012, she started as the co-Host with Jeanne Kelly on Blues with A Twist . Sister Mary acquired her love for the Blues from her Dad who loved Swing / Jump... Read More
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Review of Memphis Moonlight
Album Info: Memphis Moonlight
Deb Ryder Album: Memphis Moonlight Label: VizzTone Genre(s): Contemporary Blues
Posted By: Duane Verh
May 9, 2021
Among the top tier of contemporary female blues vocalists, Deb Ryder further distinguishes herself as a songwriter to be reckoned with; the punch of her robust pipes consistently meeting up with equally potent lyrical content of a wide variety. Present here are airplay candidates in abundance including the instantly infectious “Blues Is All I Got”, the insistent boogie “Just Be Careful” and the mood-setting, acoustic-accented title track. The impressive guest list includes Ronnie Earl and Los Lobos members David Hidalgo and Steve Berlin. Really good stuff.
Bluegrass fans would have a hard time not liking the gutsy, high-lonesome songs of the neo-traditional Kody Norris Show. The show features some exceptional musicians with a high entertainment quotient when they perform their brand of driving bluegrass in custom-tailored decorative suits, ties, boots and hats. From Mountain City, Tennessee, band members include Kody Norris (guitar, lead vocals), Mary Rachel Nalley-Norris (fiddle, mandolin), Josiah Tyree (banjo) and Mark Fain (bass). The band’s ten year history includes one self-produced album in 2017, When I Get the Money Made that won the National Traditional Country Music Association’s award for Bluegrass Album of the Year.
All Suited Up is their debut for Rebel Records and also includes co-producer Darin Aldridge’s mandolin, harmony vocals, as well as Jason Barie’s harmony fiddle on five tracks. The Kody
Jerry Salley Album: Bridges and Backroads Label: Very Jerry Genre(s): Contemporary Bluegrass
Posted By: Joe Ross
May 9, 2021
Born and raised in Ohio, Jerry Salley now makes his home in Nashville where he’s created a strong niche for himself as a performer, songwriter and recording artist. In 1982, he began his career at Opryland USA doing impressions of famous country stars, and his original songs have been recorded by a long list of country and bluegrass stars. He won IBMA Songwriter of the Year Awards in 2018 and 2019 following his release of his Front Porch Philosophy and All God’s Children Sing albums. As a solo artist, Salley has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, Late Night with David Letterman, and The Today Show.
On Bridges and Backroads, he’s accompanied by a solid band of instrumentalists and background vocalists to present twelve well-crafted bluegrass songs. That helped the album climb as high as #2 last winter on The Roots Music Report’s Contemporary Bluegrass Album
One of the most welcome musical surprises of early 2021 has got to be the release of United State Of Mind from the new blues-rock-reggae power trio called Trower Priest Brown. Although early fans still swear by his work in the original prog-rock band Procol Harum, in this setting guitarist Robin Trower is joined by reggae singer Maxi Priest and bassist / keyboardist / studio engineer Livingston Brown for their debut CD United State Of Mind. The three are joined by a wide coterie of musicians adding strings, horns, drums and more. Listening to the USM album evokes a range of retro musical moods and memories, including Trower's punchy wah-wah guitar with wild string section grooves echoing that cool Curtis Mayfield sound during mid 1970s. Although recorded back in 2018, the USM album is thankfully seeing a 2021 release on the U.K. based Manhaton Records. Not completely dissimilar to
Born in London, guitarist Jack de Keyzer moved to Canada at an early age. Tribute features a dozen originals that reveal his blues, funk, and rock influences. Before leaving England, de Keyzer had been inspired by Cliff Richard, a musician kind of like an English Elvis. De Keyzer started playing rock ‘n’ roll, blues and R&B, and at age 18 turned pro when he started performing with blues harmonica player King Biscuit Boy. Surprisingly, Tribute doesn’t include any harmonica, but the guitarist and vocalist gets ample support from Nick Succi (piano, organ), Richard Thornton (sax, congas, percussion) Alan Duffy (bass) and Peter Grimmer (drums). De Keyzer’s intense vocals and stinging guitar fills and solos reveal a surprising variety of blues and rock inspirations such as Clapton, Hendrix, Bloomfield and Page.
De Keyzer’s twelfth album opens with