John Primer: "Call Me John Primer"

"Guitarist and songwriter John Primer is a solid meat and potatoes bluesman who moved north from Mississippi to Chicago and gradually moved from apprentice musician in the clubs to a leader in his own right. This album is a selection of songs from his Wolf label recordings, a nice mix of live and studio songs that reflect his strong respect and admiration for the blues tradition. It's a nicely varied mix of material from a the stripped down version of Jimmy Hendrix's “Red House" to the slow and relaxed Jimmy Reed shuffle “Goin' to New York." “Shake Your Moneymaker" shows Primer's admiration for slide guitar master Elmore James, whom he recorded a full tribute album, Blue Steel, for in the 1990's."
~ Tim Niland / jazzandblues.blogspot.com

Samantha Fish: "Runaway"
"While the songs may suggest influences like Susan Tedeschi, Raitt, or the relatively milder Joss Stone, Fish does not imitate anyone. Runaway is an album that anyone older will definitely appreciate and note the many influences, the superb talent, and the soulful ability to sing – and fling – the blues. Notable tracks include the opener, “Down In The Swamp,” followed by the rockabilly-inflected title track, and “Today’s My Day,” which sounds like an unreleased track from an early Bonnie Raitt album. For a nice slow turnaround, “Feelin’ Alright” is a smoky jazz club number calling to mind Cassandra Wilson or even Nina Simone and beautifully ends the CD sequencing."
~ Michael Cala / www.bluesrevue.com