Rick Galusha's Pacific St. Blues and Americana

Since inception (1989), Pacific St. Blues & Americana strives to be a discerning voice helping roots fans sift through the mountains of music released every year. We are not for everyone; we want to engage active, critical listeners that hear beyond d'jour. Interviews include: Johnny Winter, Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Jerry Wexler, Tommy Shannon & Chris Layton, B.B. King, Dr. John, Robin Trower, Robben Ford, Mato Nanji, Joe Bonamassa, Harry Manx, Sue Foley, Marshall Chess, Billy Lee Riley, Charlie Louvin, Kim Richey, Radney Foster, Eric Johnson, David Clayton Thomas, Al Kooper, Phil Chen (Wired, Blow By Blow), Ian McLagan, Art Neville, Southside Johnny, Miami Steve Van Zant, Nils Lofgren, Bruce Iglauer, Charlie Musselwhite, Studebaker John, Chris Duarte, Smokin' Joe Kubeck, Hamilton Loomis, Peter Karp, Roomful of Blues, James Harman, Hadden Sayers, Malford Milligan, Melvin Taylor, Otis Taylor, Dave Alvin, Coco Montoya, Jimmy Thackery, Marsha Ball, Maria Muldaur, Shelby Lynne, Magic Dick & J. Geils, Lil' Milton, BuddyGuy, Aynsley Lister, Matt Schofield, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, James Cotton, Robin & Jesse Davey, Hugh Coltman (Hoax), Sean Kelly (Samples), John Entwistle (The Who), Mark Olson (Jayhawks), Walter Wolfman Washington, Anthony Gomes, Bob Malone, Chubby Carrier, Buckwheat Zydeco, Murali Coryell, David Jacob Strain, DeAnna Bogart, Michael Lee Firkins, Guy Davis, Jason Ricci, John Doe, Little Feat, Matt Woods, MikeZito, Peter Buffett, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Corky Siegel, Todd Park Mohr, Watermelon Slim, Magic Slim, Corey Harris,- - - - - - ------------------------Radio archives: http://www.kiwrblues.podomatic.com/. Playlists: http://www.omahablues.com/ Reviews featured in http://www.blueswax.com/. Email: KIWRblues@gmail.com Live online; Sundays 9 a.m. (-6 GMT) http://www.897theriver.com/

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

One Perspective: 2011, A Year in the Blues

One Perspective: 2011, A Year in the Blues

Like seemingly everything else, with the blues; the more it changes the more it stays the same. The on-going stigma of adding to the blues versus preserving the art form is in full force. Despite the anchor of history and the rigidity of the familiar, the albums which received the most airplay on Pacific St. Blues and Americana this year includes;

1. Tab Benoit, Medicine
2. Tedeschi – Trucks Band, Revelator
3. Quintus McCormick Blues Band, Put it on me! (True soul meets Chicago Blues)
4. Roy Gaines and his Orchestra, Tuxedo Blues
5. Robin Trower, the playful heart, and (His best effort since ‘Bridge of Sighs’
6. Damon Fowler, Devil Got His Way

Blues song of 2011; Hadden Sayers, ‘Back to the Blues’ (featuring duet w/ Ruthie Foster)

Runner Up;
1. Roy Trevino, ‘Sin Ella’
2. Smoove & Turrell, ‘Hard Work’
3. Robin Trower, ‘Find Me’

Eye on the Horizon;
1. Gary Clark Jr.
2. Trombone Shorty
3. Russ Tippins Band,
4. Roy Trevino

Unsigned bands of significant note;
1. Smoove and Turrell, Eccentric Audio – New millennium Northern Soul (England)
2. Jim Stapley, Live – Paul Rogers (Free/ Bad Company) fronts Humble Pie (Steve Marriott / Peter Frampton)
3. Mitch Gettman, Worn
4. The Poorboys – (self titled) – “Englishicana” at its finest (Americana with a melody.)

Blues come-back records of 2011;
1. Hadden Sayers, Hard Dollar
2. Johnny Winter, Roots
3. Savoy Brown, Voodoo Moon