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Terry Hanck CD

Terry Hanck

Look Out, Delta Groove.

Saxman and vocalist Terry Hanck was born in Chicago and first made a name for himself playing with Elvin Bishop in the 1970s. He can be heard on Bishop's big hit "Fooled Around and Fell in Love."  He currently lives on the West Coast and often gigs in Florida, too. I saw him perform at The Back Room in Boca Raton a few years back and he blew me away. Terry is the coolest cat in the room. He has put out a number of excellent self-produced CDs over the last few years.  This new one, his first major label release, is the best CD I have heard all year.  The record cover says "Greasy Soul Rockin' Blues" and that sums up how Terry plays.  He is a fine vocalist and demonstrates his skills on some slow ballads.  Guitarist "Kid" Andersen played on and produced this CD, which contains some nice originals and obscure covers.  If there is justice in the music world, Terry will finally hit it big.


Andrew Diehl & The Nightmen

Chill, Self-Release

Young guitarist and vocalist Andrew Diehl has put out a rockin' self-produced CD.  Backed by the all-star rhythm section of Marty Binder and Harlan Terson, Andrew plays with a maturity beyond his age.  Andrew will be performing live on Hambone's Blues Party on 8/4.  


John Mays

I Found a Love, Electro Fi

Canadian soul singer John Mays' new CD is full of classic soul covers.  It takes some guts and some pipes to cover OV Wright's "You're Gonna Make Me Cry," Tyrone Davis' "Can I Change My Mind," and The Impressions' "I Found a Love," among other classic soul tunes, but John Mays pulls it off without any shame.  Born in Dawson, Georgia (home of Otis Redding), John lives and gigs up in Canada now and takes his time, like the old school masters, when singing so soulfully.


George Thorogood & The Destroyers

2120 S. Michigan Ave, Capitol Records

Everyone knows the title of the CD is the address of Chess Records. This is George's tribute to the Chess Family and their "great artists who recorded at 2120 S. Michigan." George plays his standard high-energy rockin' blues licks on a number of Willie Dixon songs including "Seventh Son," "Spoonful," "Help Me," and "My Babe."  Buddy Guy shows up on "Hi-Heeled Sneakers."  Made "In Stereo" and produced by Tom Hambridge, one has to wonder why this album was mostly recorded in Encino, CA., when he could have recorded it in Chicago.


Jeff Golub Band

Three Kings, eOne Music

Guitarist Jeff Golub pays homage to The Three Kings of Blues: B.B., Freddie and Albert.  Once an icon on the smooth jazz scene and Rod Stewart's guitarist in the 1980-90s, Jeff goes back to his blues-rock roots on this new release.  He covers a number of well-worn blues classic songs associated with these Kings.  Robben Ford, Sonny Landreth and Henry Butler come along for the ride.  Sadly, it was announced last week that Jeff suffered a collapse in the optic nerves of both his eyes and has lost his sight.


Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges

Rock and a Hard Place, Armadillo Music.

Guitarist Hideaway Bridges brings his brand of Texas blues alive and jumpin' with another fine release.  His singing has improved over the years and this new album is the perfect summer time release. Ballads, blues and boogies feature a full band with horns and a B-3. There’s nothing fancy here, just thoroughly enjoyable Texas blues from a relatively unknown-in-these-parts bluesman. Take a listen, you will dig it.


Earl Thomas

Introducing The Blues Ambassadors, ETM

Earl Thomas is a West Coast soul singer who has Memphis roots and European style.  I saw him at the Chicago Blues Festival a number of years ago and still remember vividly his terrific performance.  Mostly slow burners with a few hard charging tunes, this CD is demonstrative of Earl's vocal stylings.  He always covers one classic rock song on his releases and this time it’s Steve Miller's "Jet Airliner."


Tab Benoit

Medicine, Telarc

Tab's latest release is just the right medicine for what ails you. Whether you need a Bayou stomper to get you dancin' or a dreamy Cajun ballad for romance, Dr. Tab has the perfect prescription for you.

The addition of Anders Osborne's skilled techniques on second guitar pushes Tab to new and higher limits. Beausoleil’s Michael Doucet on fiddle gives the music an authentic Cajun/Creole flavor. Not a bad song in the bunch.

 Hambone’s Blues Party is broadcast from the back seat of Hambone’s Cadillac, parked on the corner of Jazz Avenue and Blues Boulevard. His radio show can be heard on WDCB 90.9FM and simulcast at every Thursday night from 10 pm to midnight CST. Hambone features the best of contemporary blues and classic R&B and soul.  He plays blues with some rhythm, blues with some jump and blues with some soul.


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