Don’s Tunes is about the music. It’s about the sound. It’s about the real thing.
My mission for more than 10 years is to collaborate with independent labels & musicians, produce music videos & promote lesser known, but extremely talented blues & jazz artists bringing, you a selection of tunes with an audiophile sound, grit and real emotion.
If you’re a music fan, you can listen to my selection on YouTube and my curated playlists on Spotify and my interesting music trivia articles on Facebook and Instagram. If you want to support my work, you can do that on my Patreon page.
Lisa discovered her voice singing at her grandmother’s Baptist church in East St. Louis, but she got her soul from the heartbreak of losing herself in a man. Summoning the legends that inspired her like Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, and Janis Joplin, Lisa began writing songs that lead to a complete exorcism of the relationship demons that had plagued her life
Sam Pace and the Gilded Grit is an American Rock n’ Roll band from Austin, TX. Influenced by blues, soul, roots, rock and reggae- the music grounds itself in groove, tenacity and feel. Sam’s voice and guitar playing are the signatures of the sound. His booming baritone and soulful growl give the music a robust edge; while his heavy, swinging guitar has been described as “a marriage between Peter Green, early Clapton, and early Hendrix.”
Ina Forsman is an award-winning Finnish singer and songwriter based in Helsinki. With a powerful, expressive contralto, she writes and performs songs that intersect blues, jazz, gospel, and R&B. Her phrasing crisscrosses terrain that encompasses the influences of Rickie Lee Jones, Nina Simone, and Billie Holiday
Singer-songwriter Robert Connely Farr (2019 Maple Blues Awards nominee for Songwriter & New Artist of the Year) grew up in the small southern town of Bolton, Mississippi, home of Charley Patton & The Mississippi Sheiks. He currently resides in Vancouver, BC. When he’s in Mississippi, he can be found at the Blue Front Cafe in Bentonia with his friend & mentor Jimmy “Duck” Holmes.
Jacob Vanko was born and raised in the Anthracite Coal Region of the Northeast. The early seeds of traditional blues, folk, country and bluegrass have collided with the bold sounds of grunge and rock influences forging a poetic, americana songwriter with a furious live stage presence.
The Last Humanist team up with friends to create raw instrumental funk music. Groove-based funky instrumentals accompanied with pessimistic vocal samples taken from movies consist the debut album of The Last Humanist.
A Texas blues man’s journey to New York leads him back to his roots. The night before Andy Seagrave moved to New York, he was 20 years old and playing blues guitar in a south Texas club. A friend asked, “You ready for the concrete jungle?” 18 years, a recession, 2 layoffs and a pandemic later, Andy’s releasing his debut album: The Jungle.
Peter J Lehman is a Texas born, Alaska raised, Missouri transplant who has traveled all over the country as a professional welder since the age of 20, absorbing the experiences, encounters and sub-cultures along the way.He continues to listen, read and observe the world around him with open eyes and write; his style is influenced by many forms of music including but not limited to folk, Americana, blues, rock and soul.
Powered by influences from the likes of Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, Jace Everett, Chris Isaak and Blues Saraceno, Christian explores the world of dark country and its origins in the blues.
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. “