Post Tagged with: "Blues"

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.

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.

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.’

Boz Scaggs, “Some Change” from Some Change (1994): One Track Mind

Boz Scaggs, “Some Change” from Some Change (1994): One Track Mind

‘Some Change,’ released on April 5, 1994, reestablished everything that made Boz Scaggs the master of both lover-man ballads and roots rock.

Boz Scaggs + Bonnie Raitt, “Hell To Pay” from A Fool to Care (2015): One Track Mind

Boz Scaggs + Bonnie Raitt, “Hell To Pay” from A Fool to Care (2015): One Track Mind

“Hell to Pay” doesn’t represent the rootsy Bonnie Raitt pushing Boz Scaggs into a new direction, so much as reminding him from whence he came.

BoDeans, “Slave” from I Can’t Stop (2015): One Track Mind

BoDeans, “Slave” from I Can’t Stop (2015): One Track Mind

If you’re expecting another rootsy upbeat rocker from the BoDeans, the frankly scarifying blues of “Slave” likely comes as something of a shock.

The Blues Brothers insisted on lifting legacy artists: ‘We did not grab a share of it’

The Blues Brothers insisted on lifting legacy artists: ‘We did not grab a share of it’

The Blues Brothers fought their label to make sure early heroes like Floyd Dixon, Steve Cropper and Isaac Hayes received royalties.