Sometimes people read what I write!

When I was writing that review of Bobby Messano at Darwin’s, I found this review, which quotes me. I never aw it before, and I was pleased, because sometimes I forget that people actually read my Blogcritics stuff: Of course, he found it on my older WOrd Press blog, and I really didn’t think anyone read that one!

And I quote, John Vermilyea:

Before starting this review, I read a review of Bobby Messano’s “That’s Why I Don’t Sing The Blues” by Rhetta Akamatsu . The first paragraph of that review instantly caught my attention, and I quote, ” This is, quite simply, the best blues-rock CD I’ve heard this year, and can stand up well with any CD of the genre I’ve ever heard, including the Allman Brothers, Derek Trucks, or any of the other Southern blues-rock greats. Not bad for a guy from Wisconsin!”. That statement caught my attention, simply because, that is pretty well exactly how I felt while listening to and after listening to the album myself.

“That’s Why I Don’t Sing The Blues”, was my first introduction to the music of Bobby Messano and boy what an introduction it was, one in which I was not surprised at all to see that he was on the first round ballot for this years Grammy’s in the categories of ” Best Blues Album”, Album of The Year”, “Song of The Year”, and “Record of The Year”.

Well, I love knowing I got Bobby some extra attention there…


Blues doesn’t need major labels

I get a lot of music to review from small record companies, especially those with blues artists, because I write a blues column (Atlanta blues at and wrote a blues book (T’an’t Nobody’s Business If I Do) amd while I write all sorts of music reviews from The Beastie Boys to Flogging Molly, The Grateful Dead and more, blues has my heart.

A lot of the CDs I get are from artists I have never heard of and sometimes it takes me months to get around to them, but when I do, I often discover that I really love these artists. I am so happy to have the opportunity to hear people who don’t necessarily fit the commercial mold, and who often seem to be having more fun and expressing themselves more honestly than most artists on the radio.

Some of the people I’ve really loved lately have been Rev. Jimmie Bratcher, Brad Vickers and His Vestapolitans, Tommmy McCoy, and Doug McLeod. Locally here in Atlanta, I’ve loved The Breeze Kings’ latest CD, LittleĀ  G Weevil’s The Teaser, and Brandon Reeves’ A Decent Melody.

I haven’t gotten reviews for all of these written. I did do the local ones over at but I am going to try to at least find time to give all the ones I’ve named and the others I have yet to hear reviews at if not at Blogcritics, which has more rules and therefore takes more time. In the meantime, you should check some of the ones I mentioned out!