Under-the-radar alert: Here are seven recent releases featuring American music -- meaning blues, soul, rock 'n' roll, jazz, swing and everything in between. Seven fine artists with albums deserving of greater attention. Please take a few minutes to check them out.
The driving force behind veteran Los Angeles soul-jazz ensemble Breakestra, Miles Tackett emerges as a bonafide guitar-slinging, rock 'n' roll heavy hitter on the bluesy track "Everything."
Sunday night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater was the perfect date night for guitar players, geeks and dorks. The double bill of Jeff Beck and ZZ Top gave guitar players and their significant others, the best of both worlds. The musical wet dreams from Beck's fingers were for the six-stringed daydreamers, while the "Tube Snake Boogie" of ZZ Top gave everyone a reason to shake their booties.
Columbus, Ohio's Angela Perley & the Howlin' Moons turns up the blues and the rock 'n' roll for a full-force new track called "Hurricane."
Driven by tough slide guitar and Ben Miller's tougher voice, the call-and-response gospel blues of "Get Right Church" just might make a believer out of the most hardened skeptic.
With smoky vocals, lyrics soaked with emotion and powerful rock 'n' roll energy, Benjamin Booker's self-titled debut album might leave you asking, "Ben, where have you been all my life?"
The last couple of visits by Dave Alvin coincided with tornadoes and storms in the area.