Rockin The Blues From Mascot Label Group
The album does exactly what it says in the title. Nothing cryptic in the packaging Mascot Label Group have on this compilation album pulled together a selection of fine purveyors of blues that rocks.
Fourteen tracks that Wow you from the first note to the last. This is a sampler that you want to return to. Each track is a perfect reason to buy the complete album to add to your rocking blues treasures. The album is a rich seam hewed out of the vaults at Mascot Label Group. The names are a mix of established stars and up and coming players and then the addition of special guests bring their own brilliance to the music.
Opening with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Diamonds and Gold the quality if the album is set down. Bluesdoodles has reviewed all the albums that the songs have been selected from. We then hear from young guitar slinger who is stepping on the Midnight Highway, Quinn Sullivan delivers traditional with a youthful verve a sound that is full of potential as it grows and develops. Whereas, Eric Gales is now back in the Middle of The Road and reacquainting his fans with his blues that are deep with soulful rhythm. Been So Long with its curling guitar and lyrics of regrets this is a blues number full of feeling as experiences are considered.
We’re All In This Together is a celebration of guitar that hits the sweet spot as Joe Bonamassa joins Walter Trout. A classy number that drives the rhythm and the vocals hit home as Joe and Walter trade words. This is a classic. Now for a shot of feminine power and mystery as Beth Hart sings Love is A Lie. The number drags you across the floor and fills your belly with fire. Beth’s voice is sultry, inviting and full of majesty with its dark undercurrents.
Dust & Bones is the title selected to highlight Gary Hoey. There is nothing dusty and the guitar and vocals put layers of delicious musical flesh on the bones of the rocking rhythm captured by the band. You are so fortunate if this is the first introduction to Lance Lopez. Mr Lucky is full of strength. To play and sing like this has nothing to do with luck. It is about talent, practice and honing your skills so that I sounds like playing with this verve is as easy as one –two –three… Lopez achieves that and more on this excellent track.
Now People Say – blues is all the same. Rock just spices it up a bit. How wrong are they? Now we have SIMO from Rise & Shine album. This is exceptional music, experimental exciting and taking us in a new direction that you definitely want to dip your musical ears in. How do you follow that! Bring it down sooth the soul with Wade Waist Deep from Thomas Wynn And The Believers. Olivia, Thomas’s sister adds a purity shaping the harmonies giving the compilation another deep dimension. This is the title track from the album with hypnotic drums and guitar that weeps full of tonal texture a country is woven into rockin blues.
Now we turn the corner and take a different west coast sun-soaked approach L.O.V.E. from Californisoul makes you smile as blues goes supersonic. This is the track from the album that captures the essence of the Supersonic Blues Machine. Now Stronger Together from Jonny Lang’s Signs album signals that we are back on the main highway of guitar/vocal led Rockin Blues. The album is taking us up the highways and byways of modern Blues/Rock. May not always be for the purist but that sounds for me have a freshness and the artists have an inner zeal to play music that they connect to.
With Sonny Landreth Live at Lafayette, we leave the studio and capture Blues Attack in a club. Zydeco pours from the speakers and your feet immediately tap you want to get up clap your hands and dance with Landreth. Blues-tinged with Louisiana spice and it is definitely attacking your senses for all the right reasons. Now the sound deepens with a track from Black Stone Cherry – Black to Blue EP where they explore six covers one of which is Champagne & Reefer. The band are exploring their roots and they stomp out this classic from Muddy Waters. This is a faster louder more raucous version that gets you loving the classics again.
The closing number, the title track of Ronnie Baker Brooks latest album brings in another dimension as he captures Memphis influenced stinging blues guitar with an ultra-modern hip-hop from guest Al Kapone. Proving that Rockin’ The Blues is not trapped in heritage, theme park mode as you listen to this and the other thirteen tracks this is contemporary music. Lyrics with something to say about today. This is music that moves you.
Yet, the album does have a place in my collection. Having listened to the album not once or twice but often, it has become what do I fancy listening too? I know Rockin’ The Blues will entertain, provide variation and above all every number is a winner in its own right. We have title tracks, favourite tracks, those moments that capture the essence of a guitarist or singer moved and shaped by the blues.
Sometimes, compilation albums let you own. They do not have a sense of purpose. Rockin’ The Blues purpose is simple. A collection of tracks that mixes the breadth and depth of blues that rocks.
NINEdoodle paws out of TEN …
Various – Rockin The Blues – Mascot Label Group
- Diamonds & Gold – Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Lay It On Down)
- Midnight Highway – Quinn Sullivan (Midnight Highway)
- Been So Long – Eric Gales (Middle of The Road)
- We’re All In This Together – Walter Trout (Feat. Joe Bonamassa) (We’re All In This Together)
- Love Is A Lie – Beth Hart (Fire on the Floor)
- Dust & Bones – Gary Hoey (Dust & Bones)
- Mr Lucky – Lance Lopez (Tell The Truth)
- People Say – SIMO (Rise & Shine)
- Wade Waist Deep – Thomas Wynn And The Believers (Wade Waist Deep)
- L.O.V.E. – Supersonic Blues Machine (Californisoul)
- Stranger Together- Jonny Lang (Signs)
- Blues Attack (Live) – Sonny Landreth (Live in Lafayette)
- Champagne & Reefer – Black Stone Cherry (Black To Blue)
- Times Have Changed – Ronnie Baker Brooks (Feat. Al Kapone) (Times Have Changed)
The Mascot Label Group is home to some of the worlds’ finest modern Blues artists and the Label are thrilled to announce their first Rockin’ The Blues 2018 Tour featuring the exceptional talents of Eric Gales, Quinn Sullivan and Gary Hoey for a triple guitar hero extravaganza.
The tour will be calling through Germany, The Netherlands and the UK and will see each artist headline on the revolving line up with them all coming together for a final jam. It will also give the audience the chance to get up close and personal to meet the artists, to get their personal items signed, and also take part in a guitar clinic where fans will get the opportunity to ask the artists for tips, techniques and what makes them tick.