Various Artists

Blues Next: The New Generation

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This budget-priced 11-track compilation highlights selections from contemporary blues artists and blues-rockers in a wide range of styles that holds together nicely. Pulling together selections all recorded in the 1990s, this features modern day blues rockers like Monster Mike Welch ("Axe to Grind"), Tinsley Ellis ("To the Devil for a Dime"), Chris Duarte ("My Way Down"), Corey Stevens and Tommy Castro ("This Soul Is Mine") pitted against more traditionally minded or rootsier players like Bernard Allison, Lucky Peterson, Coco Montoya ("Same Dog") and Smokin' Joe Kubek ("Can't See for Lovin'"). Transfers are clear and crisp, and fans of modern-day blues who like a lot of guitar solos to go with it will love this one.

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