Articles by: Derrick Lord

The Blind Boys of Alabama’s Down in New Orleans added a new musical wrinkle

The Blind Boys of Alabama’s Down in New Orleans added a new musical wrinkle

The Blind Boys of Alabama fixed a glaring hole in their amazing career resume with ‘Down in New Orleans,’ released on this date 10 years ago.

Muddy Waters – Hard Again (1977): On Second Thought

Muddy Waters – Hard Again (1977): On Second Thought

Released on on January 10, 1977, Muddy Waters’ ‘Hard Again’ marked the kind of comeback you expect from the great ones.

Movies: Jean Bach – A Great Day in Harlem (1994)

New York City circa 1958, for the jazz aficionado, was the place to be. Possibly no other artifact can confirm this statement with more clarity than photographer Art Kane’s landmark portrait A Great Day in Harlem.

Forgotten series: Matt "Guitar" Murphy – Lucky Charm (2000)

by Derrick Lord When you mention Matt “Guitar” Murphy around people who think they know something about blues music, but really don’t … you frequently get a response of rolled eyes.

9/11 Special: John Adams – On the Transmigration of Souls (2002)

by Derrick Lord It happened much the same way these type of things usually do — be it Elvis, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin … whatever: Late one night, roused out of sleep by a sound on the radio you’ve never heard before, or can’t quite place

The New Orleans Social Club – Sing Me Back Home (2005)

by Derrick Lord Faith is a difficult and complicated thing. If you understand that much you likely also realize that even the strongest faith is doomed to eventually be tested by hard times.

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. – The Rat Pack Live at the Sands (2001)

by Derrick Lord This is an act the Rat Pack — Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. — had down to a T and it really shows. A fun slice of musical history.

Johnny Cash – American V: A Hundred Highways (2006)

Four large letters printed across the top of a black and white photo on a CD cover: CASH. A picture of him sitting quietly, microphone hanging before him, head bowed, eyes closed and listening to the music track over headphones. Waiting for his cue to sing, it is hard to tell if the expression on his face is one ofRead More

Books: Draws the Blues, by R. Crumb (1993)

by Derrick Lord Occasionally jazz and blues fans need to be reminded that we don’t have to limit ourselves strictly to musical recordings. Keep in mind there is plenty of great artwork available that would be a nice addition to any collection or music room.

Sheryl Crow – C'mon C'mon (2002)

by Derrick Lord Old sayings get to be old sayings for a reason: There is usually a good bit of truth in them. I gave Sheryl Crow’s album C’mon, C’mon a spin based on the single “Steve McQueen” and I thought: “Yup, the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree.”