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Sound Impressions
It's a fast paced world and you only get one chance to make a first impression...

To make your first Sound Impression, send 2 copies of your CD or DVD to:
BarrelhouseBlues.com
PO Box 335
Bridgewater, MA 02324
ATTN: Sound Impressions

There are no guarantees that all submitted CDs or DVDs will be reviewed.


The Blues Rolls On - Delta Groove Music Elvin Bishop
The more we listened to this CD, the more we wanted to listen to it. The vibe is infectious! With a  truck load of special guests, Elvin steers the way through movin' and groovin' tunes that overflow with Blues and R&B authenticity - and a whole lotta' fun! One of our favs is the Roy Milton tune, "Keep a Dollar in Your Pocket," with B.B. King helping out on guitar. The entire CD is a masterwork of the Blues. Give it a listen.
   
Pay Me No Mind - NorthernBlues Music
The Homemade Jamz Blues Band
Hmmm - There can be no doubt that the future of the Blues is secure. This CD showcases the great musicianship of "The Youngest Blues Band in America." It is a tribute to these kids, (and we reluctantly use that characterization), that they honor the art form so, well, yes artfully! The guitar playing is hot and the rhythm section is cooking - a solid effort and an honest production. Just the way we like it.
   
Sum' Mo' Chikan - Vizztone Label Group
Super Chikan
Feeling a little bit Blue? Thoughts straying to the downside of life? Then put on this CD, and get ready for a rollicking good time! This disc is filled with upbeat foot tappin' music that will get you feeling good, and movin' to the groove. A fantastic CD with great tunes, great vocals and spot on guitar. We put this one on our CD player for the usual first "Sound Impression," and couldn't stop listening for weeks! It passed the test with flying colors. Don't miss this one!
   
The Rebound -Independent
Jon Justice
This disc of all original tunes is brimming with great melodies, hooks galore, engaging guitar riffs and Jon's own brand of Blues rooted rhythm and rock. The superb band, backup vocals and great arrangements further enhance the listener's pleasure. Jon has followed his earlier release, "Forget About Time," with a stellar line up of new material that demonstrates that great musicians just keep getting better. Keep em' coming, Jon.
   

DVD
Live at the North Atlantic Blues Festival - Benjamin Productions & Juke Joint Video
Billy Gibson
The 2005 Beale Street Entertainer of the Year is at his best on this artfully captured performance of his 2007 appearance at the North Atlantic Blues Festival. It is always a treat to listen to Billy, but seeing and hearing him live is the pinnacle of enjoyment for Blues fans everywhere. And this performance, in front of thousands, demonstrates his ability to capture and enthrall an audience with his incendiary and captivating persona. We love this entire DVD, but the tour de force, Polk Salad Annie, is one hell of a show! Buy it today!
   
No Paid Holidays - NorthernBlues Music
Watermelon Slim and The Workers
This multiple Blues Music Award nominee and this year's recipient for the Album of the Year and Band of the Year, has released another honest and refreshing testament to the Blues. It is rare in today's market to find a performer that holds tradition so dear, and performs the music so well, that it comes across as something totally new and unique. The honesty is there in abundance and so is the joy of listening to a band and frontman that understands the Blues better than most contemporary artists today. If you want to hear some real Blues, performed the way it should be, look and listen no further.
   
Rippin' it Up - Independent
Danny Banks
New England drum phenom, Daniel Banks, has made his CD debut with a collection of high energy tunes penned by some of the music industry's best Bluesmen & Rock n' Rollers. From start to finish, the CD will keep your feet tapping and your hands clapping. In addition to Daniel's drumming and vocals, the CD is graced with performances by some of the region's top performers, including Duke Robillard, Kid Bagham, Ricky "King" Russell, Chris Fitz, James Montgomery and more! The performances literally bubble over with enthusiasm as these top notch performers are clearly enjoying themselves. A wonderful first release by this "newcomer" to the Blues!
   
Just Like It Is - BGB Records
Monster Mike Welch
"Monster" Mike, has blossomed from a child prodigy into a seasoned and internationally acclaimed Bluesman before our very eyes. It wasn't so long ago that we could go to a Blues jam in Boston and see the young teenage performer hold his own with anyone on the stage. Now, he commands the stage. This CD brings home the fact the Mike Welch has arrived. His vocals, as well as his guitar playing, speak volumes in terms of his confidence and maturity as a consumate Bluesman. And unlike many young Bluesmen, he keeps a firm footing in the tradition of Real Blues.
   
The Good Girl Blues - Yellow Dog Records
The Soul of John Black
Looking for an alternative to the "same ol' Blues?" Look no further.
The Soul of John Black blends primal rhythms, hypnotic percussion, musical tapestries and plaintive vocals to create something very special - and unique.
The CD is a journey through life, as well as a journey for your listening pleasure. Fittingly, it ends as it begins. Taking you on a journey from start to finish, ending where you started. Much like life.
Highly recommended.
   
Time's A Wastin' - FMI Records
Dave Fields
This CD literally brings a smile to our face and a spring to our step. Filled with original tunes that feature great melodies, wonderful guitar and catchy hooks, the songs are about everyday living and highlight the humor in life and relationships. It's a wonderful musical ride from start to finish. You'll find yourself singing along and spinning the disc over and over again. Now, that's entertainment!
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