The holiday season is upon us and it’s certainly been a strong year in the world of blues rock. Not only has it been a great year for established artists, but newcomers in the genre as well. Looking for holiday gift ideas but don’t know where to start? No sweat, we’ve got you covered. Blues Rock Review takes a look at some must-have albums for the blues rock fan in 2019.

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – Kingfish

It’s been an incredible year for Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. His debut album, Kingfish, hit #1 on the Billboard Blues chart and recently picked up a Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary Blues Album.” Kingfish has been blowing audiences away with his live performances and his debut album makes a great gift for any fan of the blues. It’s also available on vinyl.

Jeremie Albino – Hard Time

Jeremie Albino hails from Toronto, Canada and released his debut album Hard Time in 2019. On Hard Time, Albino fuses blues, roots, folk, and old-time rock and roll to create one of the most exciting debut records of the year.

Ariel Posen – How Long

Ariel Posen cut his teeth with the Bros. Landreth and released his debut album How Long in 2019. Posen is not just an extremely talented guitarist, but a very strong songwriter and vocalist as well. Posen has blues influences, but plays a very accessible style of blues rock with a strong John Mayer influence.

Rival Sons – Feral Roots

If you’re in a need of a gift for a rock fan you certainly can’t go wrong with Rival Sons’ Feral Roots. For the past decade, Rival Sons have been one of the most consistent rock bands in the game and have been rewarded this year with multiple Grammy nominations, including “Best Rock Album.”

Beth Hart – War In My Mind

Beth Hart is one of the best singers anywhere period, not just in the blues rock scene. Hart released her ninth studio album this year and it’s no surprise War In My Mind reached #1 on the Billboard Blues chart.

In this month’s magazine we hear from Seth Rosenbloom who is coming to play here for the first time from the USA. Albany Down are back on the road as a three piece and we catch up with their frontman Phil Turley. The Blind Lemon Gators are a new flavour from established bluesers resident north of the border. The Big Picture is back and we take a rare view inside Barry’s famous Blues Barn. Austin Gold have a new digital and vinyl release now available, so we find out more in a brief chat. Meanwhile Marco Cinelli and Danny del Toro introduce themselves this month as they release an album of new songs in the ‘Delta’ style.

On the good news front we bring you details about new blues clubs in Diseworth and at the Tropic in Ruislip as well as an extension to the Saltburn Blues Club with their Balmoral Acoustic Blues Club

Gigs are a little sparse over the Christmas period but more and more festival dates and line-ups are being confirmed and early bird ticket offers represent good value. Talking of good value, remember our Christmas subscription offer on the inside back cover. As usual we have your reviews of gigs and festivals, whilst our Radio Guide starts on Page 42.

Enjoy the read and get out and see some live music.

Enjoy Yer Blues!

Paul Stiles