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Blues - Released February 28, 2020 | Provogue Records

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Blues - Released February 21, 2020 | Provogue Records

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Louisiana guitar slinger Sonny Landreth returns to the studio with his quartet two years after 2017's Grammy-nominated Recorded Live in Lafayette. Blacktop Run is more than just a new studio outing, however. Landreth reunites with producer R.S. Field for the first time since 2005's Grant Street. Field produced Landreth's three breakout sets for Zoo as well as several later albums. He is a studio empath and extends artists full faith and credit. Landreth possesses a distinct sound to be sure, direct, resonant, and simple, but he's restless when it comes to experimenting with styles. He juxtaposes, combines, and balances them with alarming regularity and reckless abandon. But he always anchors them into easily relatable grooves. He and the band recorded live to tape at Dockside Studios. Landreth's band includes keyboardist Steve Conn, drummer Brian Brignac, and bassist David Ranson. The guitarist wrote eight of these ten tunes; Conn penned the other two, which include the stellar instrumental "Beyond Borders," a jam that melds hard Southern swamp rock, electric slide blues, and Latin cumbia. The opening title track begins with fingerpicked National Steel guitar, a droning bassline, washboard, and bumping tom-toms. Landreth's singing voice at almost 70 years of age is better than ever: he glides through the lyrics, allowing his guitar to help carry them with his deft plectrum and slide-guitar picking, often in the same line. The tune is a rambling blues, infused with the energy of a pickup rolling down the open highway. "Lover Dance with Me" is a dirty Cajun blues instrumental with funky overtones. Landreth's scorching leads crisscross jazz, R&B, and garage rock on his way to blues while Ranson's bass growls with distorted passion in the backdrop propelling him forward. "Mule" is a Cajun stomper complete with button accordion; zydeco and Delta blues melt together on a honky tonk dancefloor. "Groovy Goddess" is a spiky instrumental showcasing Landreth's electric slide-playing swing. It has a hooky chorus line inserted to break up the pyrotechnics, but only holds them in check momentarily "Somebody Gotta Make a Move" is a cautionary tale with a reggae-cum-R&B backbeat injected into swamp blues. "Don’t Ask Me" brings the acoustic National Steel back to the fore in front of a shuffling drumkit and singing accordion. While "Many Worlds" commences as a slow-ish Americana tune, Landreth's nasty electric slide delves deep into shades of Southern blue. "Something Grand" is a country song written by Landreth. Accompanied by martial snares and a shimmering, soulful Hammond B-3, Landreth's fingerpicked acoustic frames a vulnerable lyric that amounts to narrative poetry. It argues the place for love: one that heals tragedy, ruin, and broken promises. It sends Blacktop Run out on notes of tenderness and mercy born of grit. Landreth and Field bring out the best in one another. They are symbiotic in their restless energies and experimental visions, and have consistently delivered excellence together; Blacktop Run is no exception. ~ Thom Jurek
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Blues - Released February 14, 2020 | Provogue Records

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Blues - Released February 13, 2020 | Provogue Records

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Blues - Released February 7, 2020 | Provogue Records

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House - Released February 6, 2020 | Provogue Records

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Blues - Released January 31, 2020 | Provogue Records

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In 2009, just over a year before his untimely death, the late, great Irish bluesman played an intimate set at London's Islington Academy which has since gone down in legend among his fans. Recorded for posterity, it appeared in January 2020. Featuring Moore at the top of his game, it includes some of his best-loved tunes including "Since I Met You Baby," "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know," "Walking by Myself," and the classic "Parisienne Walkways." ~ John D. Buchanan
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Blues - Released January 31, 2020 | Provogue Records

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Blues - Released January 24, 2020 | Provogue Records

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Blues - Released January 23, 2020 | Provogue Records

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Blues - Released January 10, 2020 | Provogue Records

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Blues - Released December 18, 2019 | Provogue Records

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Blues - Released December 13, 2019 | Provogue Records

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Blues - Released December 6, 2019 | Provogue Records

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Blues - Released November 26, 2019 | Provogue Records

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Blues - Released November 22, 2019 | Provogue Records

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Rock - Released October 18, 2019 | Provogue Records

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The second volume of High Water arrived a little less than a year after the first, but by all appearances it could've been released alongside its predecessor. In every way, High Water II is cut from the same cloth as High Water I. At its core, it sounds like a loud, bold incarnation of the Black Crowes, one guided by guitarist Rich Robinson, heavy on riffs, rockers, and blues with the occasional acoustic number to provide levity. Vocalist John Hogg can still evoke Chris Robinson; when the band gooses the rhythms they can veer toward Lenny Kravitz territory; but they still seem to ramble even when they bring proceedings to a close around the four-minute mark. In other words, it's a journeyman's record, written and recorded by lifers who aren't as concerned with incorporating new textures as they are with sticking to the tried and true. This meat-and-potatoes sensibility trickles down to the songwriting, which often doesn't contain much more than the bones of a sturdy song. It all adds up to a solid record, one that will surely appeal to Crowes fans who have no patience for Deadhead flourishes, but one that could use a little bit of flair on the edges. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Rock - Released September 6, 2019 | Provogue Records

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Blues - Released August 23, 2019 | Provogue Records

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After emerging from the sacred pedal steel tradition in the African-American Pentecostal church, Robert Randolph has expanded the sonic possibilities of his instrument. Under Randolph's fingers, the pedal steel roars as the star of his fiery live shows, exploding the common perception that its best use was adding atmosphere behind country music weepers. After eight albums Randolph has settled into a forceful soul-gospel-blues-groove which he continues to enrich and explore with each new record. In this collaboration, recorded by skilled Nashville producer Dave Cobb (who also played guitar and co-wrote five of the album's tunes), Randolph mixes things up with a cover of the Pops Staples' "Simple Man," and on the funky, Meters-like "Second Hand Man." "Cut Em Loose" is a powerful hard rock number led by the kind of buzzsaw tone that won the jam band audience over to his cause years ago. The musical intensity increases on "Living Off the Love You Give," with Randolph letting loose on fierce, razor-like lead lines. Brighter Days closes with "Strange Train," another driving, jumpy, R&B-drenched dance tune where Randolph shows again why he is the pedal steel guitar's leading virtuoso. © Robert Baird / Qobuz
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Blues - Released August 23, 2019 | Provogue Records

Robert Randolph, after emerging from the sacred pedal steel tradition in the African-American Pentecostal church, has expanded the sonic possibilities of his instrument. Under Randolph's fingers, the pedal steel roars the star of his fiery live shows, exploding the common perception that its best use is adding atmosphere behind country music weepers. After eight albums Randolph has settled into a forceful soul-gospel-blues-groove which he continues to enrich and explore with each new record. In this collaboration, recorded by skilled Nashville producer Dave Cobb, Randolph mixes things up with a cover of the Staples pops' "Simple Man," and on the funky, Meters -like "Second Hand Man." "Cut Em Loose" is a powerful hard rock band by the kind of buzzsaw The musical intensity increases on "Live Off the Love You Give," with Randolph letting loose on fierce, razor-like lead lines.Brighter Days closed with "Strange Train," another driving, jumpy, R & B-drenched dance tune where Randolph shows up again. © Robert Baird / Qobuz