Blues

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2014 (Blues, R&B + Jazz): D’Angelo, Paul Rodgers, Branford Marsalis

Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2014 (Blues, R&B + Jazz): D’Angelo, Paul Rodgers, Branford Marsalis

D’Angelo, Paul Rodgers, Roger Daltrey and Branford Marsalis are included on Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2014 list for blues, R&B and jazz records.

Tinsley Ellis, “Pawnbroker [Live]” from Best of Tinsley Ellis (2014): One Track Mind

Tinsley Ellis, “Pawnbroker [Live]” from Best of Tinsley Ellis (2014): One Track Mind

Returning to an expanded live take on ‘Pawnbroker,” it’s as if Tinsley Ellis is coming into his own, right there on stage.

As Yardbirds regroup, their legend holds: ‘It’s very gratifying’

As Yardbirds regroup, their legend holds: ‘It’s very gratifying’

Even while Jim McCarty confirms future Yardbirds-related projects, a sense of gratitude for decades of great memories remains.

Jimmy Rushing, “Good Morning Blues” (1937): One Track Mind

Jimmy Rushing, “Good Morning Blues” (1937): One Track Mind

Sometimes, you’ve simply got to talk back to the blues. That’s what happened to Jimmy Rushing, appearing here with the Count Basie Orchestra.

Jack Bruce + Gary Moore, Ginger Baker, others – Rockpalast: The 50th Birthday Concerts (2014)

Jack Bruce + Gary Moore, Ginger Baker, others – Rockpalast: The 50th Birthday Concerts (2014)

‘Rockpalast: The 50th Birthday Concerts’ illustrates how fertile Jack Bruce’s collaboration was with a certain UK guitarist. No, not Eric Clapton.

Stevie Ray Vaughan became blues’ unlikely savior on way to Hall of Fame glory

Stevie Ray Vaughan became blues’ unlikely savior on way to Hall of Fame glory

By the 1980s, all of the guitar gods were gone, or otherwise occupied. Into this unlikeliest of scenarios stepped Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Steve Cropper on the 5 Royales’ lasting impact: ‘Deserved more credit than they ever got’

Steve Cropper on the 5 Royales’ lasting impact: ‘Deserved more credit than they ever got’

Steve Cropper has long advocated for the 5 Royales, newly announced recipients of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Early Influence Award.

Paul Butterfield’s blend of blues, psychedelia on ‘East-West’ sparked Hall of Fame nod

Paul Butterfield’s blend of blues, psychedelia on ‘East-West’ sparked Hall of Fame nod

‘East-West’ stands as a cornerstone for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s just-announced induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Joe Bonamassa, “Lonesome Christmas” (2014): One Track Mind

Joe Bonamassa, “Lonesome Christmas” (2014): One Track Mind

Tired of the same ol’ Christmas songs played the same way? Blues guitarist extraordinaire Joe Bonamassa’s got a Yuletide treat for you.

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014  (Part 1 of 4, Non-Jazz): Lucinda Williams, Me’Shell Ndegéocello

S. Victor Aaron’s Best of 2014 (Part 1 of 4, Non-Jazz): Lucinda Williams, Me’Shell Ndegéocello

S. Victor Aaron picks the best of 2014’s non-jazz albums, including Lucinda Williams, Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Drive-By Truckers and others.