Cahoots – Philosophy

Album Notes
We play our own blend of “Sonomacana” — bluesy, grassy, folky and danceable Sonoma County roots music. From originals and Americana classics to country blues and rockabilly. Named after The Band’s fourth album, Cahoots features prolific songwriter Dan Imhoff, multi-instrumentalist, Craig Anderson, comic ukulele wielding Andy Dru Rodgers, standup bassist, Andy Tester, and percussionist, Eric Backman.

In late summer of 2017, Cahoots retreated to a house in the hills of Mendocino County not far from a town called Philo. We hauled carloads of instruments up a dirt road to a house two miles from the nearest power lines. In the quiet hills we laid down live tracks on eleven songs that were later embellished with our band’s signature country gospel harmonies bolstered by the celestial singing of fellow Sonoma County artist, Alison Harris.

“Philosophy” is the result of that weekend’s dawn to midnight live sessions, along with subsequent months of careful tinkering. The gifted engineer Matt Wright recorded and mixed the songs which were later mastered by Jeffrey Norman at Mockingbird in Petaluma. From start to finish this was a 100 percent Sonoma grown creative endeavor.

John Campbelljohn – Double Down Blues

A master slide blues guitarist and songwriter, John Campbelljohn hails from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. Over the course of his four decade-long career, John has won or been nominated for countless music awards including Maple Blues Awards, East Coast Music Awards, Real Blues Awards, Music Nova Scotia Entertainer Of The Year, Blues Recording Of The Year & Musician Of The Year.

Now John combines the intimate stylings of his slide-blues solo performances with the hard driving, electric blues-rock rhythms of his band, to create John Campbelljohn DOUBLE DOWN BLUES. John   s long time music partner Neil Robertson adds drums, percussion and harmony vocals. This is an award winning power duo format, established by such groups as The White Stripes, The Black Keys and the legendary slide and steel guitarist David Lindley (Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder).

John Campbelljohn   s sophisticated and progressive approach to songwriting gives him a distinctive edge, mixing rock, blues, reggae, and even celtic-blues into his signature style. The result is a sound that can pummel the audience into submission with blues power one minute, while soothing them with subtle National steel the next.

Gary Allegretto – Blues on the Trail

In his 5th recording, Allegretto leaves the well-trodden path and blazes a new trail creating a rare, original, exciting, and cohesively themed record that intently and seamlessly mixes Cowboy and Blues genres – fresh and classic at the same time.

Kara Grainger – Living With Your Ghost

 

Living with Your Ghost is a rich gumbo of different emotions. own, a relentlessly seductive, distinctly modern take on roots rock, blues, and Americana

Album Notes
Some people just have music running through their veins. Kara Grainger’s musical journey has
taken her all around the globe. From her inner city beginnings in the town of Balmain, Sydney
Australia, she’s since performed and toured in Japan, Indonesia, India, Switzerland, Germany,
England and the USA . Her sultry, mesmerizing vocals and fiery approach to blues and slide
guitar has caught the attention of many well-respected artists. She has opened shows for Peter
Frampton, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Taj Mahal, Marc Cohn and Eric Johnson to name a few.

Around one year ago, Kara headed to Wire studios in Austin, Texas to record “Living With Your
Ghost”. The album was co-produced by Grammy award winner Anders Osborne, who also lends
his soulful guitar and vocals to the project. The album was engineered by Stuart Sullivan, also a
Grammy award winner, and the band included Ivan Neville on keys, The Texas Horns, J.J.
Johnson on drums, and Dave Monsey on bass.

The new album is a rich gumbo of different emotions and musical influences. There’s plenty of
reflection on the past, and a yearning for people that have come and gone; this is evident in the
title track, “Living With Your Ghost”, and the song “Nowhere to be Found”. “Working My Way
Back Home” tells about the struggle of love and life on the road as a traveling musician, while
songs like “Groove Train” and “You’re in New Orleans” uplift you from the day to day grind and
just leave you feeling good.

Vanja Sky – Bad Penny

Feat. Mike Zito & Bernard Allison Vanja Sky – a singer and guitarist from the Croatian capital Zagreb, first met the blues five years ago at a pub-concert near her hometown Buzet. That was a crazy evening, she laughs. I can not describe this special atmosphere. Immediately I decided to play the guitar – and when I make a decision, I bring it to an end. From there a leap into the year 2017.

Faster than she could have dreamed, Vanja Sky records a record with some of the biggest names in the blues business. First, she visits the Bessie Blues Studios in Stantonville, Tennessee, the workshop of Grammy-winning producer Jim Gaines. There she plays with the two guitar colleagues Mike Zito and Bernard Allison, the crackling roadhouse blues ‘Low Down And Dirty’ one. A little later, she meets with Zito and a group of experienced studio musicians in Berlin to record another eleven pieces. The result ‘Bad Penny’ is now available – a mix of modern electric blues and classic, unfussy Rock’n’Roll.

Jeremiah Johnson – Straitjacket

 

Take a ride along the banks of the Mississippi River, pull up a stool in any St. Louis blues joint and talk will soon turn to the musician who’s giving the city it’s soundtrack. Jeremiah Johnson’s towering reputation has been hard-earned. In 2018, Straitjacket wears his soul on it’s sleeve. Produced by Mike Zito, and tracked live by the crack-squad studio band of Frank Bauer (sax/vocals), Benet Schaeffer (drums) and Tom Maloney (bass), the tracklisting takes in plenty of playful moments, like the title track’s hectic funk-blues complaint to a controlling girlfriend, or the grooving Dirty Mind, about a lover calling up for “a little company” at 2am Straitjacket album for sale. But elsewhere, personal songs like the addiction-themed Keep On Sailing bleed into the social commentary of Believe In America and Old School, which examines the spate of US shootings Straitjacket songs. It all ends with a cover of Alvin Lee’s classic Rock ‘N’ Roll Music To The World, which sees the band flex their astonishing chemistry and enjoy the ride Straitjacket buy CD music. The man himself hopes you will do the same: “I want people to let this record play from the first to the last note, crank it up at a party or riding through the night on a Harley-Davidson. I want it to make people feel like going on a trip of emotion… ” Straitjacket album for sale by Jeremiah Johnson was released Aug 24, 2018 on the Ruffhouse label.

 

Take a ride along the banks of the Mississippi River, pull up a stool in any St. Louis blues joint and talk will soon turn to the musician who’s giving the city it’s soundtrack. Jeremiah Johnson’s towering reputation has been hard-earned. In 2018, Straitjacket wears his soul on it’s sleeve. Produced by Mike Zito, and tracked live by the crack-squad studio band of Frank Bauer (sax/vocals), Benet Schaeffer (drums) and Tom Maloney (bass), the tracklisting takes in plenty of playful moments, like the title track’s hectic funk-blues complaint to a controlling girlfriend, or the grooving Dirty Mind, about a lover calling up for “a little company” at 2am Straitjacket album for sale. But elsewhere, personal songs like the addiction-themed Keep On Sailing bleed into the social commentary of Believe In America and Old School, which examines the spate of US shootings Straitjacket songs. It all ends with a cover of Alvin Lee’s classic Rock ‘N’ Roll Music To The World, which sees the band flex their astonishing chemistry and enjoy the ride

The man himself hopes you will do the same: “I want people to let this record play from the first to the last note, crank it up at a party or riding through the night on a Harley-Davidson. I want it to make people feel like going on a trip of emotion… ” Straitjacket album for sale by Jeremiah Johnson was released Aug 24, 2018 on the Ruffhouse label.

The Wolves – Live It Up

Album Notes
The Wolves have sprung out of old & new friendships. The amalgamation of four musical careers that span a wealth of genres and experience. This band has evolved its music from a mutual appreciation of blues, funk, R&B, soul and taken it somewhere new & fresh. You’ll certainly hear references to all the Kings ; BB, Albert & Freddie but at the same time there’s nods towards The Meters, Delbert McClinton, Robert Cray, Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal & Wilson Pickett.

It seems an eclectic mix but the general message from the band is forcefully around ‘the groove’. This is the funky side of the blues !

The Wolves are a timeless combination of guitar, bass, drums, Hammond & a little blues harp thrown in for good measure, but that mix is fast becoming greater than the sum of those parts.

‘Live It Up’ is the long awaited debut studio album from The Wolves

Live it Up ! ‘Cos when you’re dead you’re gone !

Briana Buckmaster – Begin

An eclectic style that encompasses blues, rock, soul, and folk with a standout vocal and a stellar band.

 

Album Notes
Briana Buckmaster is an actress best known for her work on Supernatural, but it’s her unique and powerful voice that shines on this album. From the blues stylings of Nina Simone to the folk rock feel of some original tunes to the soul feel of songs like Good Love, Briana can sing it all. This being her first solo record, it’s an eclectic collection of different but related genres of music all played by he same all-star band to give it cohesion. Briana’s goal with this album was to investigate her feel and her ability through varying types of songs to really find her path and set her course for her future musical journey. That’s why she gave it the fitting title of ‘Begin’.

Big Apple Blues – Manhattan Alley

Instrumental funky blues-based music for the soul with energy and passion.

Album Notes
In 2015, Big Apple Blues released the album ENERGY, which described day in a life of
New York City. Boasting entirely original material, ENERGY marked a departure from
the well-trodden blues genre towards a fusion of instrumental blues, soul, funk, and
rock. Unable to assign the album to a pre-defined genre, the critics labeled it as the “Big
Apple Blues Sound.”

This journey into terra incognita with ENERGY was a smash hit, receiving worldwide
airplay and rave reviews. Peeter Fenstra of The Blues Magazine concluded: “A glorious
melange of blues fusion, from New York’s finest. Unreservedly recommended”. Dan
Forte of Vintage Guitar: “Big Apple Blues has put together a set of originals listenable
enough for you not to miss the singer!”  Merv Osborne of Blues Matters exclaimed:
“This CD has taken over my life! Brilliant and could end up my album of the year!”
ENERGY was both a turning point and a break-through for the band; over a million
digital distributions sold and incredibly well-received live shows from USA to Europe to
Asia.

MANHATTAN ALLEY builds on ENERGY and presents more of the feel-good Big Apple
Blues Sound. As with previous releases, MANHATTAN ALLEY was tracked live in one
big room. A band of brothers. All together. The recording took place at Sear Sound
studios in Manhattan, bringing the music to life with an old-school, real-time, no studio-
trickery approach. Like its predecessor, MANHATTAN ALLEY tells its own story, aiming
to draw from a well of energy and philosophical, utterly positive reflections on life and
creativity. It is inspired by New York City itself – NYC with a nod to Tin Pan Alley – the
collection of New York City music publishers and songwriters that dominated popular
music in America in the late 19th and early 20th century.

The old saying still rings true: You gotta start somewhere! Even as your head is
floating in the dizzying ether of ideas and you’re borne aloft on the wings of inspiration
and anxious to get going, planting both feet firmly on the ground and taking that first
step can be an act of will as challenging as moving mountains. But despite the
uncertainty, you feel compelled to press on. There’s something in you that seeks to be
unleashed, unshackled. It may take two or more attempts before your vision
crystallizes, but once everything is set in motion, watch out! Finding companions on
your journey who share your drive and vision is a must (like our dear, prematurely
departed friend, SDW)!

Changing the world is not something you can do alone. Get the right people by your
side to get things going your way, and you’re Happy, creative, and engaged in some
serious Deep talkin’; with that force that binds us all together. Some call it soul, others
the universal consciousness. Whatever it is, you’ve got it on the line, baby, and you’re
super bad, effortlessly lifting off the hard, cold ground and flying like the Hudson
breeze, airborne and unstoppable. Whatever the hurdles, you’re a Steamroller, but
you’re not making the world flat and dull… Nah, you’re adding depth and dimension,
shadow and light, zooming left and right, focused and tight, like a needle in the groove
on a funky LP. This is the process of creation in all its mysterious glory, this is the
Subway rumble, the hustle and bustle, leaving that cocoon for the moon, your voice
joining with the voices of millions rising up, hearts beating and striving, bodies and

minds and desires coming together, beautiful and harrowing and visceral, all melded
together to form that thing we call love; at least Love as I know it.  And when that
happens all you can do is hold tight and Rock on!

Mark Wenner’s Blues Warriors – Mark Wenner’s Blues Warriors

Blues Harmonica legend Mark Wenner, founder / leader of the legendary Nighthawks is back with another hot side project. Mark Wenner’s Blues Warrior’s are nothin’ but the blues with some of the Washington D.C. area’s best blueman. Must have CD

Album Notes
Blues Harmonica legend Mark Wenner, founder / leader of the legendary Nighthawks is back with another hot side project.
Mark Wenner’s Blues Warrior’s are nothin’ but the blues with some of the Washington D.C. area’s best blueman. Must have CD featuring guitarist / singer Clarence ‘the bluesman’ Turner, upright bass master Steve Wolf, young hot shot guitarist Zack Sweeney and fellow Nighthawk Mark Stutson on drums and vocals.