Blues

John Belushi originally thought Steve Cropper was a roadie: ‘The guy with the long hair?’

John Belushi originally thought Steve Cropper was a roadie: ‘The guy with the long hair?’

John Belushi actually met Stax legend Steve Cropper early into putting together the Blues Brothers band. But he assumed Cropper was someone else.

Jeff Beck’s Yardbirds tenure was brief, but influential: ‘Highly strung and unpredictable’

Jeff Beck’s Yardbirds tenure was brief, but influential: ‘Highly strung and unpredictable’

The Yardbirds ‘Roger the Engineer,’ released on July 15, 1966, led to a disastrous tour that ended the Jeff Beck era. Jim McCarty tells us what happened.

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2015 (Jazz, Blues + R&B): Gavin Harrison, Dave Douglas + others

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2015 (Jazz, Blues + R&B): Gavin Harrison, Dave Douglas + others

This Mid-Year Best of 2015 list also includes Boz Scaggs, Pops Staples, Papa Mali, Wes Montgomery, Robben Ford, the Word, Steve Earle and Beth Hart.

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2015 (Reissues + Live): Rolling Stones, John Oates, Yes + others

Nick DeRiso’s Mid-Year Best of 2015 (Reissues + Live): Rolling Stones, John Oates, Yes + others

This Mid-Year Best of 2015 list also includes Emerson Lake and Palmer, Gov’t Mule, Jeff Beck, Lead Belly, the Knack and the Staple Singers.

John Belushi’s death almost ended Steve Cropper’s career: ‘Man, that’s it; I’ve had it’

John Belushi’s death almost ended Steve Cropper’s career: ‘Man, that’s it; I’ve had it’

Steve Cropper’s relationship with John Belushi reached its creative apex with ‘The Blues Brothers’ movie, released on June 20, 1980. Then, he was gone.

Bill Wyman – Back to Basics (2015)

Bill Wyman – Back to Basics (2015)

With ‘Back to Basics,’ Bill Wyman remains as unpretentious and small-scale as his long-lost friends in the Rolling Stones are outsized and cocksure.

James Cotton, Shemekia Copeland, Gary Clark Jr. + others – Muddy Waters 100 (2015)

James Cotton, Shemekia Copeland, Gary Clark Jr. + others – Muddy Waters 100 (2015)

The forthcoming centennial tribute ‘Muddy Waters 100′ finds a series of guest stars adding new dimension to his stirring blues legacy.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ gritty Mojo was more than just the blues

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ gritty Mojo was more than just the blues

Released on June 15, 2010, Tom Petty’s ‘Mojo’ built off a rootsy foundation, extending their reign as the most sophisticated garage band in America.

Steve Cropper still can’t get over producing Jeff Beck: ‘How is he doing that?’

Steve Cropper still can’t get over producing Jeff Beck: ‘How is he doing that?’

As Steve Cropper watched Jeff Beck at work on 1972’s ‘Jeff Beck Group,’ he’d focus on his hands and think: “You can’t get that there.” Then, Beck would.

Yardbirds welcome back ‘Birdland’-era frontman John Idan: ‘I learned every lick I could find’

Yardbirds welcome back ‘Birdland’-era frontman John Idan: ‘I learned every lick I could find’

John Idan, long before he joined the Yardbirds the first time, was into the harder-edged music of the day. Then, something happened.