Blues

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.

‘This is something I could really get into’: Steve Cropper on the often-forgotten influence of bluesman Jimmy Reed

‘This is something I could really get into’: Steve Cropper on the often-forgotten influence of bluesman Jimmy Reed

One key element kept him from following in Reed’s footsteps, though.

Dr. John – Ske-Dat-De-Dat: Spirit of Satch (2014)

Dr. John – Ske-Dat-De-Dat: Spirit of Satch (2014)

He never stops experimenting, never stops surprising, and never stops entertaining.

One Track Mind: Gary Moore, “If the Devil Made Whiskey” from Live at Bush Hall (2014)

One Track Mind: Gary Moore, “If the Devil Made Whiskey” from Live at Bush Hall (2014)

This makes Moore’s case again as one of modern blues’ most visceral voices.

More Perfect Playlists: ZZ Top, Tres Hombres and Fandango (1973-75)

More Perfect Playlists: ZZ Top, Tres Hombres and Fandango (1973-75)

The idea here is to rehabilitate the studio tracks from ‘Fandango.’

Something Else! sneak peek: Gary Clark Jr., “When My Train Pulls In” from Live (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Gary Clark Jr., “When My Train Pulls In” from Live (2014)

The kind of torrential, brain-freeze licks that can only be compared to Hendrix.

One Track Mind: Mike Zito with Sonny Landreth, “Fortunate Son” from Blues Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival (2014)

One Track Mind: Mike Zito with Sonny Landreth, “Fortunate Son” from Blues Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival (2014)

Every bit of this song’s original impetus, that flinty anger, returns.

‘I said – No, you won’t!’: Steve Cropper almost lost the Blues Brothers gig to Robben Ford

‘I said – No, you won’t!’: Steve Cropper almost lost the Blues Brothers gig to Robben Ford

Could there have been a different guitarist in that legendary band?

‘It got to be a bit mad there’: How Yardbirds stalwart Jim McCarty found peace

‘It got to be a bit mad there’: How Yardbirds stalwart Jim McCarty found peace

“Everyone wants some peace of mind,” McCarty says, “even original Yardbirds.”

Mud Morganfield + Kim Wilson – For Pops [A Tribute to Muddy Waters] (2014)

Mud Morganfield + Kim Wilson – For Pops [A Tribute to Muddy Waters] (2014)

The late Muddy Waters is in the blood, soul and heart of Mud Morganfield.