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Stony Plain Records Announces March 24, 2023, North America Release Date for New Album, Ridin’, from Two-Time Grammy-Nom...

Stony Plain Records Announces March 24, 2023, North America Release Date for New Album, Ridin’, from Two-Time Grammy-Nominated Blues Legend Eric Bibb, Featuring Guest Appearances from Taj Mahal, Jontavious Willis, Russell Malone and Habib Koité

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WATERDOWN, ON – Stony Plain Records announces a March 24, 2023, release date for Ridin’, the new album from two-time Grammy nominee and Blues/Roots music legend Eric Bibb. The label released the album’s first single, “Family,” on December 8. Eric Bibb has already scheduled lengthy tours of Europe and Australia in the first quarter of 2023 to support the new album’s release.

The follow-up to his multiple award-winning, critically-acclaimed 2021 album, Dear America, Ridin’ is a continuation of the vision that informs Bibb’s artistry as a modern-day Blues troubadour. Grounded in the folk and blues tradition with contemporary sensibilities, Bibb’s music continues to reflect his thoughts on current world events and his own lived experiences, whilst remaining entertaining, uplifting, inspirational and relevant.

“As a songwriter, studying African American history has always been a deep well of inspiration. The true stories of my ancestors and their communities are at the heart of many of the songs on my new album - Ridin’. Together with co-writer/producer Glen Scott, we’ve created a concept album focusing on the ongoing task of understanding systemic racism and purging it from our world. For all its seriousness, Ridin’ is a funky, groovy, hopeful collection of songs that feature stellar guest appearances by Taj Mahal, Jontavious Willis, Russell Malone and Habib Koité. At a time when popular political movements are attempting to delete truth from the historical record, I feel called upon to sing songs that contribute to greater understanding and much-needed unity. The making of Ridin’ has been a labor of love. We hope you’ll enjoy the journey.” – Eric Bibb

The ethos for Ridin’ was hugely inspired by the oil painting by Eastman Johnson, “A Ride for Liberty (1862),” that depicts an African American family fleeing enslavement in the southern USA during the American Civil War. In Eric’s own words: “Johnson’s painting embodies all the hope, determination and courage that is at the core of the African American experience and needed now throughout the world.”

Ridin' was produced by Glen Scott and features Habib Koité, Taj Mahal, Steve Jordan, Tommy Sims, Harrison Kennedy, Russell Malone and Jontavious Willis, as well as a host of brilliant session musicians and singers from around the globe.

A two-time Grammy Award nominee with multiple Blues Foundation awards, Eric Bibb is known and revered globally for having carved his own musical destiny with honesty and power. Eric’s father, the late Leon Bibb, was an activist, actor, and folk singer who marched at Selma with Dr. Martin Luther King. Eric’s youth was spent immersed in the Greenwich Village folk scene. Names like Dylan, Baez, and Seeger were visitors to his home. He was deeply influenced by Odetta, Richie Havens, and Taj Mahal – who guests on Ridin’ - and he has synthesized all of that into his very own style.


01 Family

02 Ridin’

03 Blues Funky Like Dat (featuring Taj Mahal & Jontavious Willis)

04 The Ballad of John Howard Griffin (featuring Russell Malone)

05 500 Miles

06 Tulsa Town

07 Onwards (Interlude)

08 Hold the Line (featuring Russell Malone)

09 I Got My Own (featuring Amar Sundy)

10 Call Me By My Name (featuring Harrison Kennedy)

11 Joybells

12 Sinner Man with Eric Bibb String Band (Live at Wheatland Festival)

13 Free (featuring Habib Koité)

14 People You Love

15 Church Bells (Interlude)

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Gulf Coast Records Announces the Signing of Blues Guitar Wizard Joanna Connor and Will Release Her Label Debut CD in Spr...

Gulf Coast Records Announces the Signing of Blues Guitar Wizard
Joanna Connor and Will Release Her Label Debut CD in Spring, 2023

NEDERLAND, TX – Gulf Coast Records announces the signing of acclaimed Chicago blues guitar great Joanna Connor, and will release her label debut CD in the Spring of 2023. Connor will be going into the studio in December to record the new album. She’ll be recording with her “Wrecking Crew 22” band that includes: Joanna Connor – guitar and vocals; Shaun Gotti Calloway – bass; Dan Souvigny – guitar and keys; Curtis Moore Jr. – keys; and Jason J Roc Edwards – drums and vocals. Several special guests on the sessions will be announced at a later date.

“I’ve been a fan of Joanna Connor for a long time and it’s just incredible that she’s working with our label,” Gulf Coast label head Mike Zito said in making the announcement. “Joanna Connor is one of the greats in contemporary blues and has been for over thirty years. She has a sound and a feel that is immediately recognizable and magical.”

“I’ve had some wonderful labels in the past, but signing with Gulf Coast feels like I’m joining a family,” said Joanna Connor. “I’m also extremely excited for my new band to bring our music to the world. Now we have found the home base to launch it from.”

Looking more in-person like a woman who could be your next door neighbor rather than the scorching blues rock guitar goddess that she is, Joanna Connor is an atypical and unassuming guitar heroine who absolutely shreds or tenderly caresses notes out of a Gibson Les Paul. Those who are in the know rave about a musician who has played behind Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Otis Rush and Luther Allison; and shared stages with the likes of Jimmy Page, Robben Ford, Robert Cray, the Doobie Brothers, Etta James and numerous other legends. Having her performances passed along on social media by heavy hitters Slash, Bootsy Collins, Vernon Reed and others only gives credence to her immense and intriguing talents.

Joanna Connor was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, and after beginning her career there at the age of 17, packed a suitcase, a Fender Twin Amp, a guitar and bought a bus ticket to the Blues Mecca of Chicago, where her goal was to be in a cracking blues band learning from the best . A mere month after moving to the Windy City, Delta blues heavyweight Johnny Littlejohn hired her. A few months after that, Dion Payton enlisted her to be a part of his 43rd Street Blues Band, where they held residencies at the hallowed Checkerboard Lounge and the Kingston Mines blues clubs, and were the backing band behind every major talent in the city. Joanna went on to tour with sax great AC Reed before starting her own band at the urging of the Kingston Mines owner. Blind Pig Records signed Joanna in 1989 and released several records on her before she went on to become the second artist to sign with Ruf Records; subsequently releasing many records for the German-based label, which led to a decade of touring throughout Europe.

In 2002, The House of Blues in Chicago offered Joanna and her band a weekly residency, and with her additional residency at the Kingston Mines, Connor made the decision to come off the road touring grind for a while and work locally four nights per week, while raising her two children as a single mom. Joanna also recorded several albums for the highly-respected MC Records during that decade.

In 2019, one of the videos of her fierce guitar work caught the eyes and ears of one of the most prominent guitarists of the modern era -Joe Bonamassa – as well as director Adrian Lynne (Flash Dance, Fatal Attraction). Lynne offered her a scene performing in the movie, Deep Water, starring Ben Affleck. At the same time, Joe Bonamassa and his KTBA Records label gave her the opportunity to make a studio album. Both projects happened right before the COVID 19 epidemic and subsequent lockdown. The KTBA album, 4801 South Indiana, was released in February of 2021 to immense critical acclaim and a number one spot on the Billboard blues chart. The Deep Water film was released on Hulu in March, 2022.

Joanna and her band went right back to work in April of 2021. With a band of young virtuoso musicians she dubbed the “Wrecking Crew 22,” fires were started worldwide on stages everywhere. Joanna reached out to one of her most beloved musicians, Mike Zito and Gulf Coast Records in hopes that this tsunami of musical energy and passion could be unleashed on record, and soon everyone will hear what all the excitement is about.

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Blues-Rock Guitarist Steve Hill Releases Official Music Video for “Don’t Let the Truth Get in the Way (of a Good Story)”...

Blues-Rock Guitarist Steve Hill Releases Official Music Video for “Don’t Let the Truth Get in the Way (of a Good Story)” and Limited-Edition Comic Book Hot on the Heels of His New Album, Dear Illusion

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“Steve Hill is back with his most personal and reflective album of his career.” – Powerplay

“Steve Hill’s Dear Illusion is the best album he’s released to date.” – Fireworks

“With rampant sincerity and melodic finesse, Hill has made an outstanding record.” – R’N’R

“Dear Illusion makes a very fine Christmas gift for blues lovers who like their blues full-throttled, loud & proud.” – Blues Matters

Steve Hill, the acclaimed guitarist-singer-songwriter recently celebrated his 25th year as a recording artist with his 12th album Dear Illusion, released by No Label Records on November 11. Three years in the making, the new album is available from

“It took me a long time to finish ‘Don’t Let The Truth Get In The Way (Of A Good Story),’ recollects Steve. “I started working on it six years ago after the Trump election. It’s about alternate truth, but it’s also about social media and our addiction to it. It’s also about pretending that everything is alright when it’s not. It’s about choosing to pretend because it’s easier than facing the truth when the truth doesn’t matter anymore.”

But that’s not all. To make the new album an even bigger means for celebration, Steve is releasing the limited edition Dear Illusion comic book.

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The digital edition of the comic is available from

“I’ve been dreaming doing a comic book for a long time,” reflects Steve.

“Before I got into music, drawing was my passion. I wanted to write comics. I’ve collected them sporadically all my life until five years ago when it became an obsession. I think that comics are a great artform. It’s like song writing, in that they tell a story in a short period of time. I get feelings out of some comics the same way that I get feelings from music. If you’ve read Alan Moore, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, or Ed Brubaker, you know what I’m talking about.

“I got in touch with comic book artist Rob Cannon through a mutual connection. He seemed like a good candidate to draw the cover of my previous album, Desert Trip. He did a fantastic job. I love that album cover. When the time came for Dear Illusion, it was obvious he was the go-to guy. What he did was even better than the one before. From there, the next logical step was the comic. He took the themes from the album, the visual landscape from Desert Trip and made it a metaphoric science fiction story that I could never have thought of, while retaining the essence and the meaning of the songs. That’s art.”

Known over the last ten years as a one-man band, on Dear Illusion, the multi-instrumentalist shares the spotlight with a horn section, The Devil Horns, as well as seven-time UK Blues Awards Drummer of the Year, Wayne Proctor (A.A. Williams, Oli Brown, King King, Ben Poole). Proctor also mixed and mastered the upcoming record.

“I had a version finished right before the pandemic started,” says Steve. “It was slated for release in April, 2020. There was no point in releasing it then, so I decided to wait. The sad context of the pandemic resulted in additional time for me to offer my fans the album I’m sure will meet their expectations for my 25th anniversary as a recording artist. I am proud of the work. Ultimately, the results that we collectively achieved with the album ended up reflecting both maturity and introspection. Overall, I feel like the album is telling that no matter what happens, you should give it everything you got and move on, be the best person you can be, and no matter what, the sun will rise again. Don’t dwell on suffering, and don’t forget about it, either. Even treat misfortune as a friend, slap it on the back and say, Thanks for teaching me.”

Dear Illusion Album Track List

1 – All About The Love (3:53)

2 – Keep It Together (4:11)

3 – Everything You Got (3:22)

4 – Dear Illusion (4:15)

5 – Steal The Light From You (4:09)

6 – Don’t Let The Truth Get In The Way (Of A Good Story) (5:03)

7 – Follow Your Heart (3:22)

8 – So It Goes (2:49)

9 – She Gives Lessons In Blues (3:51)

10 – Until The Next Time (3:04)

About Steve Hill

Widely considered as one of Canada’s most prolific guitarists, Steve Hill has consistently delivered wildly ambitious performances and albums. Heralded wherever he goes, the guitarist, singer, drummer, harmonica player, songwriter and accomplished producer is a musical force to be reckoned with.

Already playing the bar circuit at the age of 16, Steve turned pro two years later when he joined the Bob Harrison Blues Band. He left after two years to pursue a solo career. His first album was released in 1997, and lead to Real Blues magazine proclaiming: “Steve Hill is for my money the best young Blues guitarist on the North American Scene today.”

He spent the next 15 years touring across Canada and Europe, releasing albums with different line-ups, until he became a one-man band in 2012. Following the success of his JUNO-nominated Solo Recordings Volume 1, which also won at the International Blues Challenge in 2013, Solo Recordings Volume 2 won the Juno Award and seven Maple Blues Awards in 2014-2015. It was followed by Solo Recordings Volume 3 in 2016 which has had close to six million streams on Spotify so far. In 2018, he released The One-Man Blues Rock Band. The live album shows an artist at the top of his game. It comes to no surprise that the Montreal Gazette has referred to Steve Hill as “the meanest guitar player in Canada.”

A guitar stylist with a wide musical vocabulary, he has performed over 2,500 concerts in many configurations. For the past 10 years, he has toured extensively throughout Canada and Europe supporting his critically acclaimed Solo Recordings albums trilogy and his one-man band show. When it comes to one-man bands, Steve Hill has no limits. Anything goes. He is the true exponent of a one-man band. Steve performs standing up while singing and playing guitar, his feet playing bass drum, snare drum and with a drumstick fused to the head of his trusty guitar to hit the hi-hats and a cymbal. Germany’s Guitar Magazine proclaimed Steve as being “the most spectacular one-man band on the planet.”

Over the years, Steve has shared the stage with many of his heroes, including Ray Charles, B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmie Vaughan, and ZZ Top, to name a few, and has played at some of Canada’s biggest music festivals. With 12 albums of original songs to his name, he has explored everything from Rock, Country, Folk, Metal, Jazz, while continuing to fuse it all with his first love, the Blues.

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Juno Award, Blues Album of the Year (2015)

Memphis International Blues Challenge

Best self-produced CD (2013)

8 Maple Blues Awards

Electric Act of the Year (2000 – 2014 – 2015)

Entertainer of the Year (2014 – 2015)

Guitarist of the Year (2014 – 2015)

Album of the Year (2014)

21 Lys Blues Awards

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