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Sweet '16: Your 2016 preview

From red-hot debuts to comeback specials, here’s our preview of the blues albums that will soundtrack your 2016…

Elsewhere in this issue, we salute the albums that made 2015 a vintage year for blues. Here we look to the future, and the releases that will straddle 2016. From hot-tip debuts by perky young things to last-gasp comeback specials by pendulous gargoyles, the next 12 months have something for everyone.

The blues never sleeps, and before your New Year’s Eve hangover has even evaporated, you’ll be hit by The Temperance Movement’s second album, White Bear, due January 15 through Earache Records. “It’s a real step on for us, sonically and artistically,” notes guitarist Paul Sayer. “Playing so many shows together over the last three years allowed us to develop a really clear idea of where we wanted to go.” 

Hot on their heels is the third album from Tedeschi Trucks Band, with Let Me Get By released January 29 through Concord, and it’s already on the office stereo. We’ll reveal all in next issue’s review, but safe to say, the husband-and-wife team can expect another round of critical fellatio. 

Also on January 29 comes Danny Bryant’s Blood Money, featuring guest spots from Walter Trout and Bernie Marsden. “I wanted to make this album ever since I began my musical journey 20 years ago as a 15-year old boy who fell in love with his parents’ record collection,” says the Hertfordshire gunslinger of his return to his formative blues influences. 

Early February brings Wayward Sons, the live album recorded by Ian Siegal **and Jimbo Mathus** in Holland last year, featuring plenty of banter and rare material. 

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