Best of What’s New

A selection of newly released music that caught my attention

Happy New Year and welcome to my first post of 2022! Yes, as hard as it is to believe, apparently, some new music appeared yesterday (December 31). While I didn’t see anything that sufficiently excited me, the show must go on with other new releases that came out earlier in December. I think I got some good stuff here!

Corey Kent/There’s Always Next Year

Kicking off this first Best of What’s New installment of 2022 is some rock by Nashville, Tenn.-based country singer-songwriter Corey Kent. According to a bio on the website of his record label Combustion Masters, Music chose Corey Kent early in his life. At age 11, Corey was touring as the lead singer of a Western Swing band opening for legends like Roy Clark & The Oak Ridge Boys. By the time he could drive, he was playing weekly in his hometown of Bixby, OK. In December of 2010, Corey found himself on stage singing Milk Cow Blues with country music icon, Willie Nelson. By 17, he said goodbye to his family & moved out to Nashville, TN…Shortly after graduating with his business degree, Corey wrote his first #1 Hit (William Clark Green’s hit, “You Where It Hurts”). On December 28, Kent released what looks like his sophomore album ’21. Here’s There’s Always Next Year, co-written by fellow country artists David Garcia, Jameson Rodgers and Jonathan Singleton.

John Mayall/Can’t Take No More (feat. Marcus King)

John Mayall is 88 years old, but apparently, the Godfather of the British Blues ain’t slowing down. This is just amazing and makes me happy! Mayall is best known as the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, a band that featured some of the finest British guitarists, such as Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor. ‘Is this for real?’, you might ask. It is, but wait there’s more. On January 28, Mayall is scheduled to come out with a new album. According to his website, on The Sun is Shining Down, he teams up with a stellar cast to deliver a funky soulful affair punctuated by brass, violins, harmonica and electric ukulele. Special guests include, The Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell, fast rising roots rocker Marcus King, Americana icon Buddy Miller, Scarlet Rivera of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue, Chicago blues guitar mainstay Melvin Taylor and Hawaiian ukulele star Jake Shimabukuro. And, yes, apparently Mayall is planning to take this baby on the road starting in late February. Here’s the tasty Can’t Take No More, a soulful blues rocker written by Mayall and featuring Marcus King. The tune was released upfront on December 17. Man, this is so good I can’t take it no more to wait for the new album!

Best Coast/Leading

American rock duo Best Coast, comprised of songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Bethany Cosentino and guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno, was formed in 2009 in Los Angeles. Here’s more from their Apple Music profile: Drawing inspiration from ’60s surf rock and girl groups, Best Coast’s noisy lo-fi sound gave a nod to contemporaneous acts like Hot Lava, the Vivian Girls, and Brilliant Colors. Best Coast’s first year saw a flurry of little releases: a self-titled 7″ single on Art F*g; a cassette tape release, Where the Boys Are, on the U.K. label Blackest Rainbow; a split 7″, Up All Night, on Atelier Ciseaux; an EP, Make You Mine, on Group Tightener; and a self-titled 7″ on Black Iris. Best Coast had become something of a sensation by the time 2009 came to a close. In July 2010, the duo released Crazy for You, the first of five albums that have appeared to date. Leading, co-written by Cosentino and Bruno, is Best Coast’s new single that came out on December 14 – a quite catchy rocker!

Tinsley Ellis/Beat the Devil

Wrapping up this first Best of What’s New of the new year is more sweet blues rock, by Tinsley Ellis. From his website: Born in Atlanta in 1957, Ellis was raised in southern Florida. He acquired his first guitar at age seven, soon after seeing The Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show. He took to it instantly, developing and sharpening his skills as he grew up. Ellis discovered the blues through the back door of British Invasion bands like The Yardbirds, The Animals, Cream and The Rolling Stones as well as Southern rockers like The Allman Brothers. One night in 1972, he and a friend were listening to Al Kooper and Michael Bloomfield’s Super Session record when his friend’s older brother told them if they liked that, they should really go see B.B. King, who was in town that week. Tinsley and his friends went to the Saturday afternoon performance, sitting transfixed in the front row. When B.B. broke a string on his guitar, Lucille, he changed it without missing a beat, and handed the broken string to Ellis. After the show, B.B. came out and talked with fans, mesmerizing Tinsley with his warmth and kindness. Tinsley’s fate was now sealed; he had to become a blues guitarist. And the rest is history and a recording career of 40 years to date. Beat the Devil, penned by Ellis and released on December 6, is a single from his upcoming album Devil May Care set to drop on January 21 – another one I’m looking forward to. I really like how this new year starts!

And, I almost forgot, here’s a playlist with the above tunes!

Sources: Wikipedia; Combustion Master website; John Mayall website; Apple Music; Tinsley Ellis website; YouTube; Spotify

13 thoughts on “Best of What’s New”

  1. I think it should read…. John Mayall is 88 years YOUNG…this sounds awesome and up. He sure didn’t get his due everywhere for working with all of that talent.

    Best Coast sounds good…it reminds me of the 90s….in a good way.

    Tinsley Ellis sounds authentic and his influences are clear…great stuff Christian. A great way to kick off the New Year.

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    1. Thanks, Max. I’m quite happy with all the picks. Frankly, I didn’t even know whether I’d find anything I could post, given the time of the year!

      Mayall just blows me away. In addition to “Can’t Take No More,” there are already two other tunes out from that album – one with Buddy Guy, one with Mike Campbell. Both sound great as well!

      I suspect this album is going to top the blues charts and win some awards!

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      1. I don’t mean to harp on age…but 88 years old! It sounds great…

        It is so alive and vibrant. Yea it has to win something. Guitarists probably line up to work with him…and I see why.

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      2. I think you’re right. Sure, age doesn’t automatically mean you can’t play anymore, but 88 is incredible. The other day, I saw a YouTube clip of an interview Mayall, which I believe was from last year. He looked like he was in great shape.

        Or check out this one. Supposedly, it’s from 2021 as well!

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      3. That is incredible man… he must be in fine shape.. Usually at least the hearing goes….I’m happy he is doing what he is doing and happy about it.

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  2. I started getting into the Corey Kent tune but as soon as I heard that country twang he lost me. And it didn’t have to be a country twang. That happens to me often when I’m listening to a new song. The music sounds great but the voice doesn’t work for me. Good playing by King on the Mayall album. But I will say something totally sacrilegious (especially so since I am primarily a blues guitarist.) But after a while, all these blues guitarists sound the same to me. I actually liked the Best Coast song most of all. As to Mike Campbell, I think of him not at all as a blues guitarist so I’d be curious to hear him with Mayall.

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    1. For the most part, I used to strongly dislike country, dismissing it as hillbilly music. But over the past 5-6 years, I’ve started to come around. If it’s too traditional country, there is only so much I can enjoy at once.

      When it comes to the blues, I think it’s totally fair to say it becomes repetitive fairly quickly. I still love it. And the fact that Mayall is still playing and sounding great is mind-boggling to me.

      BTW, that tune with Mike Campbell is already out and sounds pretty good as well. There’s also a third track already available (with Buddy Guy!).


      1. Generally speaking. I’m with you on country, at least to a certain extent. But I suspect my country leanings will always have the word “rock” attached.

        I saw Mayall several years ago. Not in his prime but good show. And yeah, it’s nice to see guys his age still doing it. As to the blues in general, although my heavy concert-going days are largely behind me, I’m always up for some good live blues. And I still hear good stuff on Sirius.


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