There aren’t too many bands these days writing thoughtful, original blues songs. But then, not too many blues bands are blessed with a charismatic singer / harmonicist like Raoul Bhaneja, an accomplished actor who’s held down a regular role in a television series, appeared in several feature films, and has toured the world in support of his one-man production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.Shakespeare and the blues may seem odd bedfellows, but Bhaneja’s abilities as both writer and performer give You My People, the third outing by Raoul And The Big Time, a uniquely hip vibe.Bhaneja wrote most of the material (some with help), following conventional blues forms but adding a personal stamp through rhythmic twists and a unique approach to harmonica. He deftly avoids cliché, even when dealing with time-honored topics…..
New York-born singer Indra Rios-Moore, now living in Barcelona, releases her new album “Carry My Heart”. It comes right after her pretty successful (at least in Europe) “Heartland” album. One of the most sympathetic features of the album is the fact that Indra wanted to record an optimistic record because there was (and is) simply too much whining going on. Not that most of the current matters aren’t disheartening, but it feels good to be warmed and eased by Indra’s warm and caressing voice on covers such as “I Can See Clearly Now” or Curtis Mayfield’s “Keep On Pushin'”. Still, you can file this one under “protest” albums, too because during the writing process, a certain Drumpf took over the White House.