Various Artists: Alive at the Deep Blues Fest
By David Maine
Raunchy, steaming blues-rock
Alive Records is a terrific label, a powerhouse of roots-rock and muddy, murky electric blues. This compilation of live tracks is culled from performances at the 2012 Deep Blues Fest in Bayport, MN, and it serves as a nice showcase for some of the label’s premiere bands. John the Conqueror shreds mercilessly on standout track “Three More”, while Radio Moscow tears it up with plenty of wah-wah and deep fuzz on both “Hold On Me” and “Little Eyes”.