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Darrell Nulisch and Texas Heat, Business As Usual (Black Top Records)

Darrell Nulisch has been around for some time, having fronted bands for Anson Funderburgh and Ronnie Earl for the past ten years. This fine, solid disc is Nulisch’s first album […]

The Dynatones, Chopped and Channeled (RNA Records)

For a debut disc on Rhino’s RNA, these Bay Area rock ‘n’ soul jivemeisters don’t waste any time turning on the heat. From the opening growling guitars on “When I […]

Robert Nighthawk and His Flames of Rhythm, Live on Maxwell Street, 1964 (Rounder Records)

Robert Nighthawk was among the earliest of Mississippi bluesmen to emigrate to Chicago, and this disc, recorded by blues historian Norman Dayron in September 1964, is about as lowdown, dirty, […]

The Bluerunners, Muddy Water’s, August 16, 1991

Well, look, here ’tis. If you, like me, love the Bluerunners‘ debut disc on Island, let me tell you, it is tepid, that’s right I said tepid, in comparison to […]

Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Sada (Pointblank Records)

Longtime Wolfman fans, those familiar with his work with Johnny Adams, Lee Dorsey and Irma Thomas, shouldn’t be surprised that his fifth album and major label debut is the best […]

Dash Rip Rock, Boiled Alive (Mammoth Records)

Right from the warning sticker on the front of this package, you know it’s gonna be a rough ride—and sure enough, Dashbasco it is. Bill, Ned and Chris trash, twang […]

The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Walk That Walk, Talk That Talk (Epic Records)

For this, the fabulous new disc by the Fabulous “New” Thunderbirds, the band brought in axe legend Duke Robillard and cool young blues dude Kid Bangham after the departure of […]