11 scorch­ing new tracks from the mas­cot la­bel Group for your down­load­ing delec­ta­tion, in­clud­ing hot-off-the-press tunes from Joe bonamassa, black stone Cherry and more be­sides…

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1 Joe Bonamassa Evil Mama

is it a bird? is it a plane? is it the in­tro to Rock And Roll by led Zep­pelin?? no, even if those open­ing drums are more than a lit­tle fa­mil­iar. in a good way, mind you. Joe started rock­ing things up more on 2016’s Blues

Of Des­per­a­tion, and here he com­bines that pul­sat­ing groovy ag­gres­sion with su­per-slick brass and gospel-charged back­ing vo­cals – be­fore swerv­ing into a wah-tas­tic solo. ‘Evil’? hmm not quite, but tasty none­the­less. From Re­demp­tion https://jbona­massa.com/

2 Mon­ster Truck Thun­dertruck

We can’t help think­ing that sup­port stint with Deep Pur­ple left a mark… the hir­sute Cana­di­ans are no strangers to fuck-off gui­tars and canyon-sized riffs (which this propul­sive num­ber, fans will be happy to note, isn’t short of), but the com­mand­ing or­gan pres­ence is a stand­out in­gre­di­ent here. the sec­ond track from their up­com­ing third lP True

Rock­ers, Thun­dertruck (and no that’s not

a mis­spelling of Thun­der­struck) rocks most righ­teously. From True Rock­ers http://www.ilove­mon­stertruck.com/

3 The Magpie Salute Send Me An Omen

Rich Robin­son and his mot­ley crew of coun­tri­fied pros haven’t dis­ap­pointed with their first all-orig­i­nals al­bum. so what bet­ter way to show­case that than with one of the best tracks on said al­bum, right here? While older brother Chris pur­sued psy­che­delic jams and staunch in­de­pen­dence (with the Chris Robin­son brother­hood), Rich just wanted to play rock’n’roll. Send Me An

Omen is rock’n’roll of the most in­fec­tious yet richly tex­tured kind. Charged with soul, hooky gui­tars and south­ern sen­si­bil­i­ties, and spear­headed by the rock n’ soul vo­cals of John hogg, we’ve had it on heavy ro­ta­tion for ages.

From High Wa­ter I http://themag­piesalute.com/

4 Black Stone Cherry New Kinda Feelin’

mmmm, now that’s nice… For lat­est al­bum Fam­ily

Tree, Ken­tucky’s finest stripped back their ra­dioshined, bro-rock­ing side in favour of the clas­sic blues and rock that in­flu­enced them as kids. this raw, juicy slab of south­ern-blues rock’n’roll was one of the most sat­is­fy­ing end prod­ucts; div­ing straight in with a glo­ri­ously fa­mil­iar, fin­ger-lickin’ gui­tar hook and ‘ugh!’ from singer Chris Robert­son. it’s swag­ger­ing, to­tally un­pre­ten­tious, and we like it. From Fam­ily Tree http://www.black­stonecherry.com/

5 Big Boy Bloater Stop String­ing Me Along

big boy bloater (his real name re­mains a mys­tery to all but his near­est and dear­est) knows more about the highs and lows of the mu­sic industry than many, and this tune (while not di­rected at a spe­cific per­son or or­gan­i­sa­tion) acts as a bit of a “cau­tion­ary tale for any­one start­ing out in the mu­sic industry to­day”. mu­si­cally, though, it’s de­cid­edly chip­per – em­body­ing bloater’s sharp, ex­pert blend of dul­cet rock­a­billy tones and foot-stomp­ing bluesy rock’n’roll.

From Pills http://www.big­boy­bloater.com/

6 Kris Bar­ras Band Propane

if you thought that a song called Propane from a top mma fighter would be all man­lier-than-thou chest­pump­ing and ac­tual fire… Well, you’d be wrong. but wrong in a good way. Y’see, Kris bar­ras is also an ace singer/ gui­tarist (with a voice that veers markedly close to bon Jovi at times), and one of the hottest tick­ets on the cur­rent blues rock scene. With that in mind it’s no sur­prise that he’s more than ca­pa­ble of the sweet, rootsin­fused 21st cen­tury bluesi­ness we get here – as well as the meatier ma­te­rial else­where on lat­est al­bum, The Di­vine

And Dirty. From The Di­vine And Dirty https://www.kris­bar­ras­band.com/

7 Doyle Bramhall II Love And Pain

son of hot­shot texan drum­mer Doyle bramhall, life­long friend and col­lab­o­ra­tor of Jimmy and ste­vie Ray Vaughan, and known for his work with Eric Clap­ton, t bone bur­nett and Roger Wa­ters, among oth­ers, bramhall ii has a tonne of ex­pe­ri­ence to draw from. nod­ding to the new-blues likes of Fan­tas­tic negrito and Gary Clark Jr this is a cool, syn­co­pated fu­sion of R’n’b, nu-soul and more-ish bluesy gui­tar. From Shades http://db2­mu­sic.com/

8 The Apoc­a­lypse Blues Re­vue Hell To Pay

take two mem­bers of us

Bill­board chart-top­pers Gods­mack and throw a bunch of elec­tric texas blues licks and a “shaman­is­tic” front­man (Ray “Rafer John” Cer­bone, dis­cov­ered by Gods­mack/tabR drum­mer shannon larkin at a biker bar) into the mix, and what do you get? this cu­ri­ous, crunchy, slightly trippy cock­tail of psy­che­delic un­der­tones, laid-back blues and elec­tric solo­ing. From The Shape Of Blues To Come http://theapoc­a­lypse­blues­re­vue.com/

9 Michael Romeo Be­liever

Co-found­ing gui­tarist of us pro­gres­sive met­allers sym­phony X, michael Romeo eats epic tunes, wid­dly gui­tar and mega-scale or­ches­tra­tion for break­fast. Clock­ing in at over eight min­utes, no or­ches­tral lay­er­ing or mu­si­cal bom­bast is spared – and it’s all de­liv­ered with note-per­fect aplomb, plus a catchy melody to tie it all to­gether.

From War Of The Worlds / Pt. 1 http://michael­romeo­mu­sic.com/

10 10 Years Burnout

hooky alt.metal now, courtesy of these guys from Knoxville, ten­nessee. their lat­est record, (how to live) AS GHOSTS (their eighth in to­tal), is a brood­ing but brighter, more propul­sive ef­fort than 2015’s darker From Birth To Burial, re­flected in the sat­is­fy­ing but pen­sive tuneage go­ing on here. From (how to live) AS GHOSTS http://10yearsmu­sic.com/site/

11 DeWolff

Once In A Blue Moon

We’ll leave you with one of the softer (and best) mo­ments from the Dutch trio’s game-rais­ing lat­est al­bum, Thrust. it starts off all 70s soul vo­cals and pretty ham­mond or­gan lines, be­fore grow­ing into some­thing quite a bit rock­ier – with real gut­grab­bing mood­i­ness and in­trigue. it’s clas­sic and deca­dent, with­out suc­cumb­ing to sleepy rip­ping-off. if this is a pas­tiche of prime-era clas­sic rock, it’s the best kind. and no, we still can’t quite be­lieve they were born in the 90s ei­ther… From Thrust http://www.dewolff.nu/

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