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!