Good Feelin' Blues

Muskrat Sally's first release includes live acoustic blues at its best. Covers of Robert Johnson, Willie McTell, Muddy Waters, Slim Harpo, and more sit side by side with excellent original material by lead vocalist Matthew Patrick. Great American roots music, live and uncensored! Buy this CD at CD Baby

Divine Ignition

.32-20 is a blues-rock band out of New York City, and mixes straight acoustic renditions of Robert Johnson blues with hard blues rock that sounds a bit like the Black Crowes. In other words, archetype southern blues-rock, but with the wider dynamic range possible when the band can play good, convincing acoustic blues. The CD starts off with an uptempo slide rocker called "Don't Believe," which leads to the funky, "What She Said." "Little Susie" is next, which has a Stone's "Let It Bleed" feel, followed by "Ain't Goin' Out," a country rocker. 32-20 Blues," which is as close as Robert Johnson ever got to a Carolinas style ragtime comes up, and is done as an acoustic blues shuffle with brushes (on drums), followed by "Sing Sing," a country (as in western) blues. A nice bluesy ballad, "Water Song," comes next, and reminds me of good Marshall Tucker, as does the gospelish "Blind Willy C." "Judgement Day," is another acoustic blues with a "Rollin' and Tumblin'" feel, followed by the title cut, a neat Commander Cody type country song. An uptempo county rocker, "Lonesome and Blue" and a great Stone's style rocker, "Long Cold Walk" end the set. This is a fine band, and their record is interesting in that the blues tend to be done straight and the acoustic numbers add a sense of dynamics that make the rockers seem even blusier than it would seem on the surface. This stuff is pretty compelling. The type of music I've described could be typed as your garden variety blues rock with some acoustic blues, but it's well played and has a lot more going on in the music than usual. It'll sound great in your boombox, and would make a fitting part of an afternoon drive on an open road. Buy this CD at CD Baby

And The Dog That Followed...

This New York City outfit continues to blend numerous influences to come up with a unique sound that lies somewhere between the city and the country. Lead vocalist Matthew Feuer has an interesting vocal style that seems to invoke a '60s folk-rock while including some wild slide guitar and mandolin on some of his arrangements, such as "Too Tired." Ben Fraker's electric guitar is strong. Note the solid traditional mandolin work of Robert Fraker on "Morose Irish Waltz," one of the strongest cuts on this third offering from the band. Just as good is the almost-bluesy "Got to Roll" and "California," with its Lynyrd Skynyrd spirit. Roots-rock with a twist. ~ Jana Pendragon, All Music Guide Buy this CD at CD Baby