Doug Deming and Dennis Gruenling with the Jewel Tones are made up of a big guitar, with an even bigger sound, and a blistering harp; add in a strong rhythm section, and the various forms of blues and swing are well represented.
A dark, foggy night puts visibility at zero. Footprints on a muddy road lead to a house. A man sits on the porch alone with a world full of memories and a hollow-body guitar full of stories -- this man is none other than Ray Bonneville.
Blues disciple Selwyn Birchwood conjures up a mean hoodoo stew with a side of steel guitar magic.
From his 2012 acclaimed debut "Time's All Gone," to his newest collection "Holly," Nick Waterhouse fluidly extracts the best of vintage music, from analog recording and vintage gear, to honey-coated back-up vocals and low-end saxophones -- but in doing so he creates something uniquely his own.
Under-the-radar alert: Here are eight recent album releases, all deserving of greater attention and all featuring American music -- meaning blues, soul, rock 'n' roll, jazz, swing and everything in between.
This is the summer of Jack White. The 39-year-old guitar virtuoso, singer, songwriter, producer and all-around Renaissance man has been nearly inescapable since the June release of his second solo album, "Lazaretto."