Blues

From the intro electric guitar riffs that kick off the opening track of his new CD, Living the Dream, which is due out June 12 on Blues Leaf Records, blues guitarist/singer Albert Castiglia announces that this release is something special.

Catfood Records announces a June 19 release date for Soul Survivor, the new CD from Blues Music Award–winning singer Johnny Rawls, with national distribution by City Hall Records. Soul Survivor is the follow-up to Johnny’s 2011 CD, Memphis Still Got Soul, which has received three nominations for the upcoming Blues Music Awards to be presented in Memphis on May 10. Johnny is nominated for Soul Blues Male Artist and Soul Blues Album, as well as Song of the Year for the title track from that CD.

Dynamic guitarist, Michael Williams, will join Jonny Lang for a May swing of dates from Cleveland, OH to Richmond, VA before ending at the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival on May 20th, alongside Lang among others.

After a much anticipated success of the first year, the Boulder Roots & Blues Summit is bringing Boulder another great line up of Roots & Blues greatest artists for two days between two nationally renowned venues.  The second annual Boulder Roots & Blues Summit will take place May 18th and 19th, in historic Boulder, Colorado.

Real Gone Music enters its first Spring with a potpourri of reissues that are definitely not garden variety, with releases ranging from hardcore punk to power pop to Motor City rock ’n’ roll, doo-wop and Summer of Love fixtures the Grateful Dead, all due in late May.

On May 22, Tedeschi Trucks Band will release Everybody's Talkin', their sophomore album in their second full year as a band.  The uplifting, energy-packed double-disc set by the 11-piece ensemble led by husband-wife team Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi that recently marked their first anniversary with a Grammy win for their debut album Revelator.

Concord Music Group will release Albert King's I’ll Play the Blues for You as part of its Stax Remasters series on May 22, 2012.

The blues infused alternative pop band, known as D & M, have released an exclusive download of their new hit "The Sound Of Breaking My Heart" on CMJ.com today, April 5th.

Sonny Landreth’s 11th album, bearing the fittingly evocative title Elemental Journey, is something very different from the Louisiana slide wizard. Released on his own Landfall label on May 22, 2012, the new CD is Landreth’s first all-instrumental effort and his most adventurous work to date.“From day one on the guitar, many genres of music have had an impact on me” says Landreth. “For these recordings, I drew from some of those influences that I hadn’t gone to on previous albums with my vocals.

There are such things as the cosmic blues. Janis Joplin once recorded a song by that name — she spelled it kosmik. But Chris Smither lives them.