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Category Archives: Blues
Former child prodigy Joe Bonomassa cut his teeth on blues/rock, playing Stevie Ray Vaughn licks by age 7. B.B. King heard him early and was bowled over. By the time he was 12, Bonomassa was opening B.B. King shows, subsequently touring with Buddy Guy, Foreigner, Robert Cray, Stephen Stills, Joe Cocker, Gregg Allman and in 2009 played a stunner of a show at London’s Royal Albert Hall with special guest Eric Clapton. Continue reading
One of my favorite chicken-scratch/fusion funk/”southern-fried” (but not “southern”) confections of the late ’60s/early ’70s was Rhinoceros — a concocted “supergroup” conceived and assembled by management at Elektra Records — a label that among other distinctions, recorded at Jimi Hendrix‘s … Continue reading
I heard Irma Thomas today on XM’s Bluesville belting a far from current version of “Hip Shakin’ Mama.” A glorious early fall afternoon, the sun blazed down on the “blues schooner” through puffy cotton balls against a deep azure sky. … Continue reading
It’s hard for me to recall a time when Ry Cooder wasn’t off in the background somewhere doing something few other musicians seemed all that interested in. For decades, Ry has been a musician’s musician, highly regarded as writer, session player, musicologist, collaborator, multi-instrumentalist, roots music enthusiast, producer and all-around performer. Continue reading
Another twist this week for the Friday Night Concert series…ever navigate YouTube searching out different versions of one song? It can surprise. I started searching Asleep at the Wheel clips (just one), intending to feature it and them. If you … Continue reading
If you’re not a follower of Susan Tedeschi but love the blues, it’s about time you had a taste. She’s a terrific old school blues belter and her old school band has chops a plenty. “Hurts So Bad” is one … Continue reading
A sort essay on two landmark events that eclipsed my 11th birthday and changed my life forever. Followed by John Coltrane’s “Alabama.” Continue reading
Friday Night Concert Clip(s)- Jeff Beck: “Pork-Pie Hat/Brush w/the Blues, Charlie Mingus: “Good-Bye Pork-Pie Hat”
One of the best guitarists I’ve ever heard is Jeff Beck. So, what? That’s like saying Mohamed Ali was a braggart. But the more I listen to Jeff Beck as I get older, the more amazed I am at what he knew about the instrument and music in general when we were younger. Continue reading
“Hoy, Hoy, I’m Your Boy…” I had the pleasure of seeing these guys twice–once in the Kit Kat Club, in Fort Wayne, IN and at Stache and Little Brothers, in Columbus, OH, (both now defunct) where I actually met Big … Continue reading