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4 headphones ★★★★ review of KING MUD from The FIRE NOTE

The debut release from King Mud is raw, muscular and full of distorted hard blues rock that will have you grinding your own air guitar in minutes. The band is no stranger to this sound or record label as King Mud features members of Left Lane Cruiser, The Black Diamond Heavies and Radio Moscow. That […]

4 beers ★★★★ review of KING MUD from I94 BAR

You could jump in just about anywhere and soak yourself in the blues. King Mud never strays far from the wellspring. Freddy J’s raunchy guitar and voce are stand-outs, especially on the dirty “War Dancers” and the swampy “Blood River”. Campbell’s feels drive the songs nicely and he’s not one to break into showboating in […]

4 stars ★★★★ review of GOSPELBEACH “Pacific Surf Line” from BLURT Magazine

There are a handful of songs that grab you immediately, like “Mick Jones,” “California Steamer,” “Out Of My Mind (On Cope and Reed,)” and “Alone,” all undeniably instant classics. Some other numbers were more like creepers, that grew on me after several hearings; “Southern Girl,” “Your Freedom,” “Damsel In Distress,” to point to a few. […]

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4 stars ★★★★ review of KING MUD from the ROOTS MUSIC REPORT

Guitarist Freddy J IV and drummer Van Campbell hammer their righteously raucous blues bashin’ into a set of strikingly distinct stand-alone smokers. These veterans of blues-rock outfits, respectively, Left Lane Cruiser and Black Diamond Heavies, don’t forget ballads as well. All executed with no sacrifice of power or grit. Standouts include “Rat Time”, “Arthur’s Hooked” […]

NO DEPRESSION premieres The BONNEVILLES “I’ve Come Too Far For Love To Die”

From Lurgan, Ireland, The Bonnevilles… Self-annointed a garage, punk, blues outfit like an arrow piercing my very own heart, lovers of heavy licks and head knockin’ back beats need apply in droves. McGibbon’s song writing is never suspect, influenced from those before yet soaked and steadily glazed in a brine of “cheap beer and buckfast” […]

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KING MUD review via TEAMROCK

Hot blues-rock fuzz from moonlighting pair. King Mud is Van Campbell of Black Diamond Heavies and Freddy J IV from Left Lane Cruiser, and this side-project, recorded in Los Angeles with guitarist Parker Griggs of Radio Moscow, is every bit as filthy as the name suggests. – READ THE REVIEW HERE

KING MUD reviewed in BLURT magazine

The Upshot: As much pound as boogie, as much snarl as soul—what’s not to like? BY MICHAEL TOLAND The line between the blues and rock & roll can be as fine as the hair on a baby’s head, and few walk that line as deftly as the bands on the Alive roster. In that spirit, […]

Nice NO DEPRESSION review of KING MUD “Victory Motel Sessions”

Supergroup — the word alone is pretentious. Super to who, and why? To my recollection there’s been far more terrible black wax than collectible records made by bands coined supergroups. King Mud is the antithesis of this theory. The dynamic duo of Left Lane Cruiser’s Freddy J IV on guitar, the holder of my very […]