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Zac Harmon
“I’m A Healer” – Track 10 on the album Music Is Medicine

Hailing from the legendary blues locale of Jackson, Mississippi, Harmon relocated to Los Angeles in the early eighties where he wrote songs for the O’Jays, among others. Combined with his previous tenure backing Z.Z. Hill, Sam Myers and Dorothy Moore has provided him with an expansive view of the blues reflected in 11 uniquely original tracks. Addressing topics both sacred and profane, he has a sharp eye for the telling detail, be it lyrical or musical. His regular band of Cedric Goodman (drums, vocals), Corey Lacy (keyboards, vocals) and Buthel (bass) is augmented by Christopher Troy (keyboards, drums), Ralph Forrest and Lavelle Jones (drums), BR Millon and Gregg Wright (guitar) and James Strong (bass). Additionally, the super talented Harmon plays bass, keyboards and drums.

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Nick Moss
“It’ll Turn Around” – Track 11 on the album Here I Am
©2012 Nick Moss (Blue Bella Songcrafting). All rights reserved.

Here I Am is Nick Moss’ bold declaration that the risks he took augmenting his distinct brand of traditional Chicago blues on Privileged were no accident or passing fancy, but a new beginning. Nick is putting his considerable skills to the test having made the choice to take the lessons he learned with Privileged and push further forward. He is ready to stretch himself further than ever, challenging himself to take songs built on the foundation of Chicago blues, rock, and roots to places he’s never gone. Another winner.

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Tim “Too Slim” Langford
“Shakin A Cup” – Track 3 on the album Broken Halo

For only the second time in Langford’s 18 album recording career, he has put forth a solo, acoustic, studio set titled Broken Halo with Tim playing all instruments and handling all vocals. Across this wonderful and amazing, eclectic set of eleven original songs, Langford’s maturity is reflected in songs of compassion for others, contemplation, pathos, hope, and heart felt emotion. Gone are the earlier hard-partying songs calling for “One More Shot” and self-centered songs like “Dat’s Right.” Present, beyond the lyrics, is intricate guitar work from a master who has honed his chops over almost 40 years of playing. One hears his custom Dobro, acoustic six string guitars, slide tenor ukulele, and harmonica accompanied by programmed drums and electric bass. Again working at home with co-producer Conrad Uno in Seattle’s Egg Studios, Langford was comfortable and relaxed affording his full artistry to bloom unrestricted from the outside pressures of some earlier CDs. – James “Skyy Dobro” Walker – Blues Blast

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Eddie Truner
“I Remember” – Track 7 on the album Miracles & Demons 

Some refer to Eddie Turner as a guitar god. He’s been profiled in Blues Revue, Guitar Edge, and has been reviewed in almost every guitar magazine. This CD is not straight-ahead Blues, but its meld of styles is interesting and very entertaining. I probably was not supposed to like this album, but I found it intoxicatingly enjoyable! – James “Skyy Dobro” Walker – Blues Blast

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John Primer
“Blues On Solid Ground” – Track 3 on the CD Blues On Solid Ground
“Hiding Place” – Track 1 on the CD Blues On Solid Ground

Blues On Solid ground is the latest CD by Chicago Blues legend John Primer. Primer was the guitarist in Muddy Waters last band until Waters’ death in 1983 . John Primer also spent 13 years playing with Magic Slim. His new CD is an attempt to regain the raw Blues sound. This is an amazing CD with an all star band: Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith on drums, E.G. McDaniel on bass, Russ Green on harmonica and Barrel House Chuck on piano.

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Bar-B-Q Barnes and Friends
“Blues For Breakfast” Track 1 on the album This Was Then, Now 

This is the first track on the new album of previously unreleased material and includes the following musicians:
Ron Thompson – Vocals, Slide Guitar
Little Willie Littlefield – Piano
Bill Stuve – Stand-Up Bass
Junior Watson – Guitar
Robert Montes – Drums
Neil Barnes- Harp
The track was originally recorded in 1980. To purchase the CD click HERE

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Shane Dwight
“She Struts 22” – Track 3 on the album A Hundred White Lies 

Moving to Nashville three years ago brought mixed results for Shane Dwight. On the plus side, Shane signed a record deal, enrolled with a major booking agency, and became connected with top-notch managers, producers and musicians (Delbert McClinton’s crew on this CD).On the down side, it put a huge stress on his marriage. Constant touring and road separation from his wife proved to be too much, for both of them. Crushed by their separation, eventual divorce, and his own culpabilities, Shane wrote these soul-baring songs. Eleven of the twelve cuts are originals written during that sad, dark period. “She Struts 22” is about the temptations that all touring artists go through.  – James “Skyy Dobro” Walker – Blues Blast Magazine

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Nellie “Tiger” Travis
“Born In Mississippi” – Track 8 on the album I’m going Out Tonight

Nellie wrote seven of the songs including the title track. They range from a touching tribute to Koko Taylor (simply entitled “Koko”) and slow blues like “I Cry the Blues” to big electric stuff like “You Must Be Lovin’ Someone Else” and “Born in Mississippi”. ‘ This is a nice album of traditional Chicago blues done by a classy lady who knows how to bring it.

If you are a fan of updated classic Chicago blues delivered by a vocalist who knows her stuff, you will not be disappointed!! If you want to hear one of the top female vocalists in Chi-town, then get out to hear her and buy this CD!
– Steve Jones – Blues Blast Magazine

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Kilborn Alley
“22nd Street” – Track 6 on the album Four

In the notes for their first self-produced album in 2003, Kilborn Alley called attention to two different traditions in blues recording—the song tradition and the jam tradition—and said while they loved to jam things out on stage, they wanted to record great songs. With their four Blue Bella albums Put It In The Alley, Tear Chicago Down, Better Off Now, and Four the band has added some unforgettable numbers to the blues library, songs such as “Your Next Baby’s Daddy,” “Christmas in County,” “I’m Spent,” 2010 Blues Blast magazine song of the year “Better Off Now,” “Train to Memphis,” and “Couple of Days (Change My Ways).” People leave the band’s live shows humming and singing these songs.

Kilborn Alley songs voice the lives of people who don’t have it made, who probably don’t live in peace, who may not be clear where things are going, but who usually find a sense of humor about the whole mess. 22nd Street is an industrial strip in Decatur, Illinois where a few taverns punctuate the closed factories and weedy parking lots, a strip that points south like a knife to the huge ag processing plant and train yard at 22nd and Eldorado. The song “22nd Street” is about a tough, tense life where 22nd Street is a place to go to for comfort and escape. For more information on three time Blues Music Award nominated Kilborn Alley check out

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