Panther Burn is the new CD by Jim Suhler and the follow up to the 2011 BMA nominee for Rock/Blues Album of the Year, Tijuana Bible. Jim Suhler is one of the next generation of great Texas songwriters and guitar slingers and continues the lineage of Texas legends such as Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Billy Gibbons and Bugs Henderson. Panther Burn is a whole new batch of original Blues Rock songs from Jim Suhler. Besides fronting his own band, Jim Suhler is also a member of George Thorogood and the Destroyers. Special musical guests include Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Asleep At The Wheel's Ray Benson, Carolyn Wonderland and Jason Elmore.
Seventy-two-year-old Jim Hall shows little indication of slowing down. He has been performing on the Telarc Jazz roster since 1994 and has produced nine recordings for the label, only missing 1996 as a release year. These recordings have received broad and receptive commentary from the critical community. These recordings approach jazz from a variety of directions, all intelligent, all inventive. Telarc, who has recently released a spate of compilation discs ( Signature Songs , Telarc Jazz—Celebrating 25 Years , In the Pocket—A Taste of Blues Harmonica ), has hit a home run with Jim Hall Down Beat Critics Choice, which will surely make this writer’s end-of-the-year-best-of list…
For fans of the American blues-rock Good Whiskey Blues - just a gift. Cool melodies, captivating rhythms, original things … and what voice !? Bluesmen such as Bleu Jackson, Freddie & The Screamers, Sy Clopps, would look absolutely win-win next to any superstar, and slide guitar of Michael Henderson is not worse than, say, the same Dave Hole.
Give Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd credit for at least one thing: the subtitle of "Big Men - Big Music" to their 2003 album, Have Love Will Travel, is pretty fun, and partially accurate. The two comedians-cum-retro-bluesmen are indeed big men, and they at the very least have a big band: the back cover features no less than 12 musicians, including the duo, begging the question of just how much does the Have Love Will Travel Revue actually pull in per gig. That's a question better settled by accountants and auditors, of course, but a lot of musicians does mean that the music at the very least sounds busy, even if it doesn't necessarily sound big. But that's really no change from Aykroyd's previous musical excursion, the Blues Brothers, who always utilized a big band to make faithful music.