Blues

Eric Bibb – Blues People (2014)

Eric Bibb – Blues People (2014)

Eric Bibb’s civil rights blues manifesto ‘Blues People’ is poignant, and also entertaining.

Jim McCarty on the Yardbirds’ dive into experimentalism: ‘Weird and wonderful sounds’

Jim McCarty on the Yardbirds’ dive into experimentalism: ‘Weird and wonderful sounds’

A bridge between the Yardbirds’ Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck eras, ‘Having a Rave Up’ heralded a new age of inventiveness.

Video of Johnny Winter’s final session finds him in legendary form

Video of Johnny Winter’s final session finds him in legendary form

This newly released video offers fans a concluding glimpse at a legend at work as Johnny Winter takes on Son House’s “Death Letter.”

Bob Dylan and the Band, “Ain’t No More Cane [Take 2]” (1967): One Track Mind

Bob Dylan and the Band, “Ain’t No More Cane [Take 2]” (1967): One Track Mind

In reanimating age-old songs like “Ain’t No More Cane,” Bob Dylan and the Band began a journey toward undiscovered new vistas.

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.