Blues

Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

Lucinda Williams – Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (2014)

Lucinda Williams’ ‘Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone’ is an expection to the rule of double albums being full of filler. This one is all killer.

Tomas Doncker + Yusef Komunyakaa – Big Apple Blues (2014)

Tomas Doncker + Yusef Komunyakaa – Big Apple Blues (2014)

A larger-than-life recording from Tomas Doncker and the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa.

Cat Stevens, “Tell ‘Em I’m Gone” (2014): One Track Mind

Cat Stevens, “Tell ‘Em I’m Gone” (2014): One Track Mind

Cat Stevens covers Leadbelly’s dark tale of escape, pointing the way to what could have been a very different career path.

Jimmy Page explores his transition from the Yardbirds to Led Zeppelin: ‘I was really keen to put a band together’

Jimmy Page explores his transition from the Yardbirds to Led Zeppelin: ‘I was really keen to put a band together’

Jimmy Page says Led Zeppelin initially took more than just the Yardbirds’ name.

Rory Block – Hard Luck Child: A Tribute To Skip James (2014)

Rory Block – Hard Luck Child: A Tribute To Skip James (2014)

Rory Block returns to a well of some two dozen haunting, unequivocal and profound blues songs recorded by Skip James for Paramount in 1931.

Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper + Stephen Stills – Super Session (1968; 2014 Audio Fidelity Remaster)

Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper + Stephen Stills – Super Session (1968; 2014 Audio Fidelity Remaster)

‘Super Session’ memorably brought Al Kooper together with Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills. You never heard it like this before.

Jeff Beck’s tenure with the Yardbirds was brief, but influential: ‘Very highly strung and unpredictable’

Jeff Beck’s tenure with the Yardbirds was brief, but influential: ‘Very highly strung and unpredictable’

The Yardbirds’ Jim McCarty joins us to discuss a October 1966 tour that effectively ended the Jeff Beck era.

Gary Moore – Live at Bush Hall (2014)

Gary Moore – Live at Bush Hall (2014)

‘Live at Bush Hall’ isn’t a Gary Moore hits package, so much as a journey deep into his considerable craft.

The Rev. Gary Davis + Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Louisiana Red, others – The Blues and Salvation (2014)

The Rev. Gary Davis + Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Louisiana Red, others – The Blues and Salvation (2014)

The Rev. Gary Davis’ resonant blend of gospel and blues is as electrifying today as it was when he first rose to fame.

Josh Ritter, “Rosalie” from Link of Chain: A Songwriters Tribute to Chris Smither (2014)

Josh Ritter, “Rosalie” from Link of Chain: A Songwriters Tribute to Chris Smither (2014)

Josh Ritter’s version of “Rosalie” stands out on a Chris Smithers tribute album with plenty of bigger stars.