Blues

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.

Close as You Get found Gary Moore at the top of his blues game

Close as You Get found Gary Moore at the top of his blues game

‘Close as You Get,’ released this week in May 2007, was your standard-issue Gary Moore blues record. Meaning, it was very, very good.

Cash Box Kings – Holding Court (2015)

Cash Box Kings – Holding Court (2015)

The Cash Box Kings’ ‘Holding Court’ isn’t music that builds off the post-war blues tradition. It advances that sound, reconstituted, into a new age.

B.B. King left us with one last reminder of his greatness in 2008’s One Kind Favor

B.B. King left us with one last reminder of his greatness in 2008’s One Kind Favor

B.B. King opened 2008’s ‘One Kind Favor’ with a welp: “I’m not going anytime soon, but when the day comes, don’t forget me.” No chance of that.