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John’s Blues Picks is the monthly album review column originally launched by the late Toronto-based blues historian and broadcaster, John Valenteyn. Submission can be sent to the TBS office for consideration and will be circulated to a pool of journalists and others for review in the monthly Maple Blues newsletter and placed at the Spotify playlist.

July 2024 – The Fabulous Thunderbirds

After an eight-year recording hiatus, The Fabulous Thunderbirds are back in action with the album Struck Down comprised of 9 original tracks by Kim Wilson, the band’s leader since 1974, i.e. 50 years already, and by Canadian bluesman and guitarist Steve Strongman of Hamilton.

July 2024 – Campbell & Johnston

The Haligonian hippie couple Christine Campbell and Blake Johnston have crafted a throwback salute to a big band sound with sprinklings of tender ballads that expose some true blues heart in their song craft.

June 2024 – Sue Foley

One Guitar Woman, A Tribute To The Female Pioneers Of Guitar, the first acoustic album by guitarist Sue Foley among sixteen personal opuses, let’s say it bluntly, is a tour de force!

June 2024 – Adam Karch

Adam Karch is a Quebecois acoustic guitarist and singer, proven and expressive, who tells stories, life facts in a panorama of Americana and blues music.

June 2024 – Anthony Geraci

Anthony Geraci is an experienced pianist and organist born in New Haven, Connecticut and residing in Boston. 

May 2024 – Glenn Marais & the Mojo Train

It’s not easy to settle on a genre that defines Red, Hot and Blue the latest album from Newmarket, Ontario’s Glenn Marais & the Mojo Train. Is it blues? Funk? Rock? R&B? Yes.

May 2024 – Rick Vito

Rick Vito, born in 1949 had, I must say, escaped my attention, like an invisible man who has nevertheless played on over a hundred records, including a dozen releases, CDs and DVDs under his own signature.

May 2024 – Eric Bibb

After five decades of a fruitful career and thirty-six albums behind him, Eric Bibb, in the tireless pursuit of his musical journey of blues, folk, gospel and Americana represents for me a style, a genre in itself.

April 2024 – Jack de Keyzer

During the pandemic shut-down, what better way for a seasoned blues guitarist and singer to keep his spirits up and stay in top form than delving into performing and recording a new CD, mainly in the acoustic and traditional style.

April 2024 – Mike Goudreau Band

Just want to Have Fun is the 23rd album by the prolific Mike Goudreau. It includes twelve originals by the artist and is co-produced and recorded with his long-time friend, Dany Roy, the brilliant saxophonist and arranger who also plays trumpet and flute on this opus. 

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