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Interview with Sirsy

Way back in August 2016, a friend suggested I go to the marvelous Ives Park Concert Series in Potsdam, New York, to see the band Sirsy. "They're really great," she said. I had never... — Updated 9/1/2017

 By John Berbrich    Music

Pocket the Black by Lazy Eye (2016) Produced by Lazy Eye

Pocket the Black, the latest recording from Australia's award-winning blues trio Lazy Eye, has been, for me, a warm and friendly introduction to the band. The 10-song CD was... — Updated 4/2/2017


Fistful of Gumption by Randy McAllister (2016) Reaction Records

A fifth-generation Texan, Randy McAllister has been playing his own brand of scrappy blues for over a quarter-century. He's a vocalist, songwriter, and drummer who also plays harmon... — Updated 9/1/2017

 By John Berbrich    Music

Dust To Gold by Cris Jacobs (2016) American Showplace Music

The first thing that caught my attention when listening to Dust To Gold, the new CD from Cris Jacobs, was his voice, so rich and earthy. And the words from the first song, "The... — Updated 12/2/2016

 By John Berbrich    Music

All For Loving You (2016) The Alexis P. Suter Band CD Review

This 11-song CD contains good solid blues-rock featuring powerful vocals and transcendent lead guitar. The powerful vocals are provided by the eponymous Alexis P. Suter, a gal who... — Updated 11/4/2016

 By John Berbrich    Music

Interview with David Wells

John Berbrich: Hey, David. Tell me about your latest band, The Gathering. David Wells: Well, the band consists of myself on guitar and vocals, Amber Nezezon on fiddle and vocals,... — Updated 10/18/2016

 By John Berbrich    Music

Relentless (2016) Paul DesLauriers Band-from Big Toe Productions

Relentless is the perfect word to describe this fearsome blues-rock trio. From the ascending opening bars of “Stewtro Rock (Just Got Back)” to the textured guitar-drums interpla... — Updated 9/1/2016

 By John Berbrich    Music

Resolution Blues (2015) Chaz DePaolo

I always think of Chaz DePaolo as one of those constantly-on-tour bluesmen, playing slashing electric guitar, singing his heart out, and whipping audiences into a frenzy.... — Updated 7/30/2016

 By John Berbrich    Music

Show Your Love (2016) Harper and Midwest Kind-from Blu Harp Records

People who remember the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, probably recall that they got an awful earful of the didgeridoo. The sound of hundreds of these things droning together... — Updated 7/3/2016

 By John Berbrich    Music

Waydown Wailers

With the release of their latest CD, Empty Promises, I'd have to say that the Waydown Wailers pretty much have everything going right. They play blues, rock, and swamp-rock with a... — Updated 5/2/2016

 By John Berbrich    Music

Valentine's Day at Jernabi Coffeehouse

As I’ve said before, there’s nothing better than live music. I’ve also said that there’s nothing better than local music. Now, when you combine these two elements—live... — Updated 3/26/2016

 By John Berbrich    Music

The Nashville Sounds of Boot Hill by Boot Hill

This 2-song CD was put together as a tribute to Wanda Chase who died in 2014. Wanda was the loving wife of Pete Chase, Lead Guitarist in the musical ensemble Boot Hill. Other band... — Updated 2/1/2016

 By John Berbrich    Music

CD Review-Been Around a While

As far as Minimalist recordings go, Been Around a While by Dalannah and Owen is about as minimal as you can get: Dalannah sings the songs and Owen plays the bass and that's it. Yet... — Updated 12/2/2015

 By John Berbrich    Music

You Keep the Money by Tas Cru

Having followed the career of veteran bluesman Tas Cru from his early days with the Conrad Story Blues Band to his career as a solo artist, and having seen him perform live in many... — Updated 10/2/2015