“Judgement Day” by Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown, from the album “Truth And Lies”

Indeed, if there’s one thing Truth And Lies makes plain, it’s that Tyler Bryant is fast developing into a songwriter of serious repute. He’s now capable of putting his singular stamp on material as eclectic as the witty, ‘Born Under A Bad Sign’-esque ‘Judgement Day’ and the turbulent alt.rocker ‘Couldn’t See The Fire’, while ballads showcasing his vulnerable streak, including the redemptive ‘Shape I’m In’ and the heartfelt ‘Out There’ (“Love will break your heart/Life will break your bones”), are also fast becoming his forte.


“Death By Bliss” by Dudley Taft, from the album “Simple Life”

Cincinnati based guitarist Dudley Taft shows his softer side on his seventh album, “Simple Life,” revealing the depth of his influences from classic pop to blues to progressive rock. But, make no mistake, he retains that jagged edge guitar slinger profile that has brought him international acclaim. The collection of eleven original tracks of driving rock anthems & soaring ballads and an inspired rendition of a blues classic were recorded at the home studio he bought from Peter Frampton, saving it from demolition six years ago.



Released on 6th of September the years Taft spent on the Seattle scene are easily heard on the loping grunge ballad ‘Death By Bliss

“I Want You” by Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, from the album “The Traveler”

“I Want You” is a thumping, electric ode to love and desire, framed by brassy horns, a bumping bass line, and more than one mind-melting guitar solo from Kenny himself. The new album was cut in Los Angeles during a break from an uncompromising tour schedule that captured Kenny and his band in a locked groove and ready to rock.

“This song is modern blues music to me. Every element is young,” Kenny explains. “This song is the live band, all of us playing in the studio and we’re rockin’ this thing out.”

The Traveler features Kenny, vocalist Noah Hunt, drummer Chris “Whipper” Layton, and Joe Krown. Co-produced by Shepherd and Marshall Altman (Josh Abbott Band, Matt Nathanson), The Traveler features some of the most distinctive music of Kenny Wayne’s storied career and includes several new originals plus fresh takes on Buffalo Springfield’s “Mr. Soul” and Joe Walsh’s “Turn To Stone.”


“Broken” by Ally Venable Band, from the album “Texas Honey”


The album opens with “Nowhere To Hide”, a track with an addicting guitar melody and dynamic vocal line that instantly showcases Ally’s range. The following track, “Broken”, features a crunchy guitar sound and impressive solo. Despite the lyrics, the song is feisty and bold. It is really a fusion of the more high energy songs on the album with the more mellow ones like “Blind to Bad Love” and “One Sided Misunderstanding”

“Mon Ami” by Kelly’s Lot, from the album “Can’t Take My Soul”

‘Can’t Take my Soul’ began as a journey to feature a four piece band without all the bells and whistles of the 9 piece Kelly’s Lot. Wanting more touring in the future, Kelly and Perry knew less players in the band would make that possible. But as the recording process moved forward some songs were asking for more. The French inspired accordion was a must on ‘Mon Ami’ which opened the door to adding a cajun inspired accordion on ‘Woe Is Me’. Kelly asked Perry to dig deep and conquer all the guitar parts but Perry demanded Rob Zucca’s magic on Rise Up (Lève Toi). Broke Myself always screamed for Frank Hinojosa on the Harp to bring an edgy blues track to the album and Bobby Orgel came into to add piano and B3 to 4 songs. Alyssa, who was the inspiration for the 3rd track on the album, was the reason for the background vocals. To honor her family, Kelly included her brother and sister on the track and Jeri Goldenhar stepped in for the 3rd voice.

“Devil’s Kiss” by Reloaded Norway, from the album “My Longest Mile”



Strong Rhythm and Slide guitars propel Heidi to her Devil’s Kiss on this track from the successful album My Longest Mile from Norway’s Reloaded.


More Roots Rock than Blues, Devil’s Kiss is a regular on TME’s shows.