Blues

Joe Bonamassa – Different Shades of Blue (2014)

Joe Bonamassa – Different Shades of Blue (2014)

Joe Bonamassa’s new batch of songs points up the fact that the blues does come in so many different shades. And all of it is good.

‘That’s where we differed': Jim McCarty explains why Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck left the Yardbirds

‘That’s where we differed': Jim McCarty explains why Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck left the Yardbirds

Legend says Clapton split over “For Your Love.” But there was more to it.

One Track Mind: Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, “Our Story” (2014)

One Track Mind: Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, “Our Story” (2014)

Heartfelt and elegant, this is a new swamp-pop standard in the making.

Something Else! sneak peek: Freddy Cole, “My Mother Told Me” from Singing the Blues (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Freddy Cole, “My Mother Told Me” from Singing the Blues (2014)

He’s adding intriguing new layers to the age-old idea of blues singing.

‘We couldn’t make fun of our music': The Blues Brothers overcame big questions with Briefcase Full of Blues

‘We couldn’t make fun of our music': The Blues Brothers overcame big questions with Briefcase Full of Blues

That tough backing group showed how seriously they took things.

‘A very haunting guitar run down': How ‘Dazed and Confused’ came to be a Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin staple

‘A very haunting guitar run down': How ‘Dazed and Confused’ came to be a Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin staple

A late-1960s opening act changed everything for two of rock’s signature bands.

Johnny Winter – Step Back (2014)

Johnny Winter – Step Back (2014)

A stirring comeback just before fate closed its hand around a legend’s heart.

One Track Mind: Gary Clark Jr., “If Trouble Was Money” from Live (2014)

One Track Mind: Gary Clark Jr., “If Trouble Was Money” from Live (2014)

Albert Collins’ words, so filled with regret and devastated acceptance, still ring true.

Something Else! sneak peek: Mavis Staples + North Mississippi All-Stars, “I’ve Been Buked” (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Mavis Staples + North Mississippi All-Stars, “I’ve Been Buked” (2014)

“Mercy!” Staples crows. “Oooh boy, you’re banging on that guit-fiddle!”

One Track Mind: Ruthie Foster, “Singing the Blues” from Promise of a Brand New Day (2014)

One Track Mind: Ruthie Foster, “Singing the Blues” from Promise of a Brand New Day (2014)

Ruthie Foster offers a song of encouragement in dark times.