Blues

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.

Jeff Beck, “Tribal” from Jeff Beck Live+ (2015): One Track Mind

Jeff Beck, “Tribal” from Jeff Beck Live+ (2015): One Track Mind

These are the same horizons where Jeff Beck once roamed with the Yardbirds, amped up for a new generation.

Earl Slick goes from stealing their licks to joining the Yardbirds: ‘I following this band from day one’

Earl Slick goes from stealing their licks to joining the Yardbirds: ‘I following this band from day one’

The Yardbirds have added a stalwart fan in Earl Slick, who frankly admits to copping more than a few tricks from the band’s early records.

Left Lane Cruiser, “Dirty Spliff Blues,” from Dirty Spliff Blues (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

Left Lane Cruiser, “Dirty Spliff Blues,” from Dirty Spliff Blues (2015): Something Else! sneak peek

In advising not to mix marijuana with tobacco in your blunt, Left Lane Cruiser is graciously handing out a pro tip. And some more damned nice ‘n’ dirty rock and roll, too.

Jeff Beck, “Going Down” from Live+ (2015): One Track Mind

Jeff Beck, “Going Down” from Live+ (2015): One Track Mind

Jeff Beck returns to one of the best songs from 1972’s ‘Jeff Beck Group’ album, and ups the ante for an forthcoming concert release ‘Jeff Beck Live+.’

Otis Taylor, “Cold at Midnight” from Hey Joe Opus / Red Meat (2015): One Track Mind

Otis Taylor, “Cold at Midnight” from Hey Joe Opus / Red Meat (2015): One Track Mind

Otis Taylor’s “Cold at Midnight,” a white-knuckle ride into the very heart of worry, advances the forthcoming ‘Hey Joe Opus / Red Meat.’

Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers boasts an underrated complexity

Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers boasts an underrated complexity

The Rolling Stones’ ‘Sticky Fingers,’ released on April 23, 1971, might just be better – shhhhh! – than the far-more-heralded album that followed it.

The Word [Robert Randolph, John Medeski + North Mississippi All-Stars], “When I See the Blood” from Soul Food (2015)

The Word [Robert Randolph, John Medeski + North Mississippi All-Stars], “When I See the Blood” from Soul Food (2015)

Robert Randolph helps set a new standard for improv gospel-jazz country blues supergroups. Because, yeah, they’re the only one.