Posted by: bluesyemre | December 15, 2016

Top 20 #BluesRock Albums of 2016


2016 will go down as the best year the blues rock genre has seen in quite some time and perhaps the most competitive in the six year history of Blues Rock Review’s Top 20 list. With so many albums worthy of recognition, the readers and staff of Blues Rock Review voted on the Top 20 Albums of 2016.

20. Jeff Beck: Loud Hailer

Loud Hailer is definitely a statement album from Beck. Make no mistake, at 72 years old, Beck can still rip as well as anyone. Loud Hailer is creative, engaging, and a true standout among the many great albums of 2016.” – Pete Francis



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19. The Stonecoats: Poor Boy Blues

Poor Boy Blues is a promising release from a young band sure to have an exciting future on the blues rock scene. Fans of good old fashioned rock and roll and blues ought to check out The Stonecoats because they’re one of the best discoveries of 2016.” – Pete Francis



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18. Glenn Hughes: Resonate

Resonate is another terrific record album from Glenn Hughes. He’s 65 years old and still belts like he’s 25 while making music that remains fresh as ever. The fact Hughes continues to be as prolific as he’s been is something we can all appreciate.” – Pete Francis



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 17. Jeff Healey: Heal My Soul

Heal My Soul is much more than just a fitting tribute.  With it’s superb song selection, fiery guitar work and very modern production, this album sounds like Jeff made it yesterday.” – Lou Lombardi


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16. Jack Berry: Mean Machine

“Berry is a Los Angeles to Nashville transplant who plays great riff rock with alt-pop flare that would make Jack White proud. With Mean Machine, Jack Berry plants his foot firmly on the shores of the new world of alternative blues based rock.” – Lou Lombardi


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15. Sari Schorr: A Force Of Nature

“With a voice like an operatic volcano it’s easy to see why Sari Schorr has received the notoriety that she has. A deeply personal album for Schorr, Force of Nature is a hailstorm of an album sure to go down in blues history.” – Jeremy Schantz

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14. Robert Jon and the Wreck: Good Life Pie

“If you’re looking for some good time rock music played by real musicians, look no further than Robert Jon and the Wreck. Good Life Pie is a good time album from one of the best rock bands going at the moment.” – Pete Francis


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13. Gary Hoey: Dust And Bones

“A true blues triumph, it’s where Gary belongs. This Veteran has taken his Strat and paid his homage to the blues gods, and they are pleased.” – Jeremy Schantz


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12. Davy Knowles: Three Miles From Avalon

“Dripping with classic blues riffs and intricate guitar work this is exactly what we have come to expect from an artist who has not one, but two, top three billboard blues chart albums. This newest venture, Three Miles From Avalon, does not disappoint.” – Jeremy Schantz


(Buy: Amazon | Amazon UK)

11. Scotty Bratcher: That Album

“Scotty has put together a raucous ride of guitar bliss that runs the gamut from in your face anthemic Southern rock to some classic foot tappin’ blues. Do not assume that this is just a guitar pyrotechnic album. Scotty’s voice is first rate also.” – Kevin O’Rourke


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10. Ben Poole: Time Has Come

“The songs are solid and Ben has a very nice voice in the pop/soul niche. There is also no deying his guitar cops. The notes seem to pop out of the mix and his phrasing will definitely tickle your ear. If you like some of the more current music from Jonny Lang and John Mayer, then Time Has Come is right up your alley.” – Lou Lombardi


(Buy: Amazon | Amazon UK)

9. Ty Curtis: Blame Me

“Ty’s newest album is packed with soul, blues and ripping guitar riffs. This latest effort also features some of the most heart-felt, emotion tugging vocals to come out in several years. It is a great addition to any blues rocker’s collection.” – Lou Lombardi


(Buy: Amazon | Amazon UK)

8. Joe Bonamassa: Blues Of Desperation

“With Blues of Desperation, Joe delivers more of his trademark sound with some surprises while pushing the envelope of what the blues in this modern age can be.” – Kevin O’Rourke


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7. Aynsley Lister: Eyes Wide Open

“The album itself has a classic blues sound with a modern edge. Not too poppy, not too dirty, Eyes Wide Open walks the Goldilocks line of well-balanced blues all the way through. All in all, Eyes Wide Open is another amazing notch added to the well-worn blues belt of growing British blues legend Aynsley Lister.” – Jeremy Schantz 

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6. Stevie Nimmo: Sky Won’t Fall

“From the opening crunch of the first track to the Americana influenced middle and all the way through to the acoustic closer this album features everything that makes Stevie one of the premier blues rock artists in Great Britain. There simply is not a bad track on this release and the musicianship by all involved is superb.” – Kevin O’Rourke

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5. Albany Down: The Outer Reach

“Albany Down has done something unique. They have embraced their influences in a very overt way, while at the same time carving out a sound and vibe all their own. The Outer Reach contains zero filler. It is simply one great track after another.” – Lou Lombardi


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4. Devon Allman: Ride Or Die

“This is the highlight of Allman’s career thus far and while Ride of Die will challenge you from beginning to end to end with its diversity of style, that is one of the intriguing things about this album and the beautiful songwriting, first rate guitar work, and emotional vocals that will hook you into playing this one over and over.” – Kevin O’Rourke


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3. Supersonic Blues Machine: West Of Flushing, South Of Frisco

West of Flushing, South of Frisco is a total treat for the those of us who crave great hard driving blues based rock and ear frying guitar playing. The core of Supersonic Blues Machine of Lopez, Grossi, and Aronoff have nothing to prove. They could easly have carried the entire project themselves. The guest stars are just icing on an already very tasty cake.” – Lou Lombardi

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2. Chase Walker Band: Not Quite Legal

“An album that shows an exceptional amount of maturity for a group this young. They embrace their musical foundation and build something special on top of it. Not Quite Legal is a great sophomore effort and their future holds plenty of promise.” – Kevin O’Rourke


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1. Dan Patlansky: Introvertigo

“Patlansky can play with the best of them, but he never lets his playing overpower the song, which separates Dan from other artists. Dear Silence Thieves was Patlansky’s breakout, Introvertigo shows he’s right up there with Bonamassa for modern day blues rock supremacy.” – Pete Francis


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