Don’s Tunes is about the music. It’s about the sound. It’s about the real thing.
I’ve been collaborating with blues & jazz artists & labels for more than 10 years, helping them reach new audiences through my YouTube Channel, my curated Spotify playlists and the amazing community on my social media pages. My passion is to discover lesser known, but extremely talented musicians and to promote songs with an audiophile sound and authentic emotion.
Zorita is a band formed around the songs of Belgian/Spanish singer and songwriter Carlos Zorita Diaz. The core of the music is inspired by stories, poems and thoughts. Somewhat like the songs of Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, they take you somewhere.
Heighton began his creative life as an aspiring songwriter, in high school in Toronto. He kept at it into his early twenties, busking his way around Australia and Europe, playing a few small gigs, but before long he was devoting himself to writing books—poetry, at first, his lyrics morphing and learning to accompany themselves, to make their own music, as the words of a poem must do. Soon he was producing books of short stories, then novels, and then the rest. A long apprenticeship.
Guile Rush is an alter ego, insired by Sunday afternoon westerns, gunslingers, outlaws and dark country music.
Located on the west coast of Ireland, Guile writes the occasional song in a small room and records it before it is forgotten. A few of those songs get polished up and those are the ones you hear.
Australian blues musician Lloyd Spiegel isn’t here to change the world, just make it a little more bearable. Lloyd’s travels not only honed his craft, earned him a swag of awards and brought him to take counsel with the founding fathers of modern blues – it taught him the most important part of being a blues musician: connecting with everyday people.
The Chicago-born, now Nashville transplant is like a one-man crusade dedicated to keeping music real, raw, and honest. No matter the setting and no matter his role (whether it’s wingman or bandleader) J.D.’s presence infuses the situation of the moment with the music that’s been fueling him pretty much his whole life, spiced with influences that straddle both decades and dimensions.
Little Violet is a band from the UK fronted by the female singer, songwriter and pianist Cherie Gears. Classic vocal-jazz-inspired, even vintage sounding songs, combined with great melodies, witty lyrics and contemporary but swung beats proved quite the combination, matching influences from 20s and 30s swing with modern production.
Chris Beard “The Prince of Blues” grew up in a house of Blues. His musical DNA is made up of influences that started with his own father, legendary blues guitarist Joe Beard. His rich blues heritage has been formed from traits of living blues legends like Matt Murphy and Buddy Guy. Chris grew up in a generation whose focus was on using the guitar to convey emotion more so than the voice.
Hailing from New Zealand, Oscar Ladell and Chris Armour are two young blues musicians on a recent rise. Their latest album, “Right kinda Wrong” is a greasy, authentic take on classic blues sounds that harkens to classic Chicago Blues labels like Chess, Cobra and Excello.
Bad Temper Joe, born 1992, is part of a new emerging generation of the blues, writing and performing contemporary blues tracks at its finest. The German is a songwriter with sure instinct, and a performer who has an incomparable presence.
The blues always sounded more like “the real thing” than anything else. It’s not like I automatically said, “This is cooler than this,” or “This has more emotion.” When I heard it, it slayed me! There was just not a question.
Rory Gallagher was the People’s Guitarist. Unassuming, but tenacious, the Irish blues man devoted his life to touring and playing his beloved Fender Strat to adoring audiences. He never stopped working, and could always command a crowd, but resolutely eschewed the trappings of superstardom.
The significant difference between B.B. King and his disciples is that he had long ago mastered the concept that less can be more when it comes to the number of notes in a solo. “If it’s done well with less, then use that,” he says. “