Blues

Steve Earle, “You’re the Best Lover that I Ever Had” (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Steve Earle, “You’re the Best Lover that I Ever Had” (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Steve Earle sounds like he was born to the blues, even if he’s just now turning his focus there.

Various Artists – The Healing Blues (2014)

Various Artists – The Healing Blues (2014)

This is a review of ‘The Healing Blues,’ a special compilation of great oroginal blues songs to benefit the Greensboro, NC-area homeless.

The Band, “Stuff You Gotta Watch” (1993): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “Stuff You Gotta Watch” (1993): Across the Great Divide

Levon Helm led the Band through a fun-filled take on this Muddy Waters tune, then returned to it once more for another intriguing pass.

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.