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Song Of The Week | Oct 24, 2016

The FabulousThunderbirds – I Know I’m Losing You


From the opening swampy piano runs, crispy funk lead riffs, earthy and raunchy harmonica runs, and Kim Wilson’s down-to-the-bone soul growls on the Motown classic “(I Know I’m) Losing You” to the bright Stax-inflected guitars and horns of the Eddie Floyd classic “Never Found Me a Girl,” The Fabulous Thunderbirds take flight on their new album, Strong Like That.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds balances the mournfulness of blues with all the joy of soul music, and the tunes here are often so bright that they drive us up out of our seats to the dance floor to groove to The Fabulous Thunderbirds’ smooth and soulful sound. Henry Carrigan, No Depression



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Song Of The Week | Oct 17, 2016

The Bongos – Sunshine Superman

barone_donovanScottish folk rocker Donovan celebrated the 50th anniversary of his “Sunshine Superman” this year. Longtime fan and friend Richard Barone of The Bongos started the celebration early by including a version of the song on The Bongos’ 2013 release “Phantom Train.”
The Bongos will be doing a very rare multi-date tour starting Thursday October 20 at The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park with special guests, classic northern California pop rockers The Rubinoos.




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Song Of The Week | Oct 10, 2016

Mike Doughty – I Can’t Believe I Found You In That Town

mikedoughtyBy his ninth solo album, The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns, you’d figure he would have slipped into a comfortable pattern, but Mike Doughty is not that kind of artist. The former frontman of Soul Coughing is obsessively, constantly driven to sound new. The elegant, charming album swerves between lonesome country influences, and trap beats.
The title is pulled from a WTF! podcast, on which Doughty’s old buddy Marc Maron used the phrase, somehow, in reference to chewing nicotine gum, in his struggle to quit smoking. The two go back to the East Village comedy scene of the late ‘90s, so when Doughty asked Maron if he could use the line as an album title, the comic responded, “Use it and throw me a bone.”


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Song Of The Week | Oct 03, 2016

Hamish Anderson – Hold On Me

hamishandersonA student of the three Kings (Albert, B.B., and Freddie), Hamish Anderson also admits to following Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jeff Buckley and Tom Petty. He effortlessly namechecks blues legends Robert Johnson, Buddy Guy, Elmore James, and Son House, revealing a love for a genre that predates him by decades. “I think with the blues and rock music it was the honesty of the music and—especially the blues—the relatability of it; everyone experiences the blues.”
Anderson left his homeland of Australia in the spring of 2014 to give it a go in America because “the blues and rock is what I connect with, and it’s all from here.” Seeking opportunity, he aimed for the moon and hit the stars; within months this then-23-year-old wunderkind had become the very last artist to open for his hero, B.B. King, and he’d been heralded by guitar slinger Gary Clark Jr. in Revolt.tv as someone to watch under the age of 30.


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Song Of The Week | Sep 26, 2016

Miraculous Mule – Sound of the Summer

miraculousmuleMiraculous Mule have been cutting their teeth and earned their stripes over the years with a devout immersion in gothic American roots music, before that particular bandwagon arrived in town again, and again after it left. Brothers Michael J Sheehy and Patrick McCarthy were born into a rock’n’roll- home, with Elvis and Tammy as surrogate parents.

Michael J Sheehy has fronted Dream City Film Club, his self-titled solo work and the Hired Mourners and Saint Silas Intercession, with his brother Pat at his side for the most part. Witnesses to these outings of theirs will know that the soul and the confrontation they sweated was, and is, real. They can play and they can sing. The edge that they skirt likely comes in part from their school of hard knocks, central London council-estate , Irish Catholic upbringing. Michael, Pat and Miraculous Mule’s third member and old friend Ian Burns were raised in the same estate (Saint Silas in Kentish Town).
Live and on record, Miraculous Mule do indeed kick like their namesake. Mixing up old spirituals, blues and work songs. The real deal, testament to which is the inclusion of their first single Satisfied on Blues magazine’s current covermount CD

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