In March next year, Mascot label group artists Eric Gales, Quinn Sullivan, Gary Hoey and Lance Lopez embark on the Rockin the blues tour. Ahead of the tour, Mascot are releasing a compliation (conveniently available in time for Christmas). Rather than it being limited to the artists on the tour, it includes a whole host of artists signed to the label. Reading the list of artists involved it’s very impressive – so many great blues and blues rock acts. As well as the artists on the tour, the acts appearing on the album include Black Stone Cherry, Beth Hart, Walter Trout, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Simo and more.
Having previously listened to quite a few of the artists here I was already impressed by the track listing, but there are some artists here I hadn’t heard before, and I ahve to say that having listened to this compilation I’m impressed. The only downside is that the list of albums I want to buy has lengthened significantly now that I have albums by several of these artists to buy albums by.
If you’re a fan of the Blues then you’ve probably listened to some of these artists before in which case you’ll know how good they are. It’s likely though that you won’t have heard all the artists included in this compilation, and the pleasure comes from discovering the great music from the other artists here.
This album is an excellent way to discover some new artists and at a bargain price of £6.70 it’s definitely well worth buying.
“Rockin the blues” will be released on 15th December 2017
1. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band – Diamonds & Gold
2. Quinn Sullivan – Midnight highway
3. Eric Gales – Been so long
4. Walter Trout (featuring Joe Bonamassa) – We’re all in this together
5. Beth Hart – Love is a lie
6. Gary Hoey – Dust & Bones
7. Lance Lopez – Mr Lucky (previously unreleased)
8. Simo – People say
9. Thomas Wynn and the believers – Wade waist deep
10. Supersonic blues machine – L.O.V.E
11. Jonny Lang – Stronger together
12. Sonny Landreth – Blues attack (live)
13. Black stone cherry – Champagne & Reefer
14. Ronnie Baker Brooks (featuring Al Kapone) – Times have changed