Post Tagged with: "Blues"

Irma Thomas – Simply Grand (2008)

Irma Thomas – Simply Grand (2008)

Irma Thomas, whose Louisiana legend of a voice has darkened into a more expressive place, is taking a similar career tack. The new “Simply Grand,” in fact, finds Thomas moving deeper into the emotional underpinnings of her best work at a time when safer environs would probably be more profitable. That perhaps started with her most recent recording on Rounder,Read More

Quickies: Claudio Roditi, Linda Presgrave, Matt Criscuolo, Ruthie Foster

Quickies: Claudio Roditi, Linda Presgrave, Matt Criscuolo, Ruthie Foster

The last two Quickies were an investigation of jazz records only. We’re still hacking through some recent noteworthy jazz records of different stripes, but this time, I threw in some non-jazz right at the end. Still on a blues bent that started with coverage of Shemekia Copeland’s and Joe Bonamassa’s latest offerings earlier this week, it wouldn’t feel right toRead More

Something Else! Reviews on the 2009 Blues Hall of Fame honorees

Something Else! Reviews on the 2009 Blues Hall of Fame honorees

by Nick Deriso The Blues Foundation announced its 2009 inductees for the Blues Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Lucky us. We already love ‘em: Multiple Grammy Award-winner Taj Mahal; Irma Thomas, the “Soul Queen of New Orleans”; as well as late Chicago bluesman Son Seals and the Reverend Gary Davis. Several singles or album tracks are also set to beRead More

J.J. Cale – Roll On (2009)

J.J. Cale – Roll On (2009)

The question for rock musicians has always been how they might navigate into middle age, and later. No previous format — from country pickers to down home blues men to doomed jazzmen — was so inextricably tied into youth. That makes the lasting relevance of J.J. Cale, 70 now, all the more notable: “Who knew?” he admits during a chuggingRead More

Joe Bonamassa – The Ballad Of John Henry (2009)

Joe Bonamassa – The Ballad Of John Henry (2009)

by Pico When talking about major figures in blues, the conversation is almost guaranteed to include such luminaries as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Steve Ray Vaughan, Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson, Koko Taylor and the like. But if you’re talking about the blues scene of today such talk has to include Joe Bonamassa. Think not? Consider that Bonamassa’s last three albumsRead More

Shemekia Copeland – Never Going Back (2009)

Shemekia Copeland – Never Going Back (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron It’s no throwaway phrase to say Shemekia Copeland was raised on the blues; her Dad Johnny Copeland established a proud tradition of quality blues as a singer, songwriter and guitarist and put out a slew of notable records in the 80′s and 90′s until his death in 1997. The following year at just nineteen years old,Read More

Snooks Eaglin (1936-2009): An Appreciation

Snooks Eaglin (1936-2009): An Appreciation

by Nick DeRiso Snooks Eaglin, who had been battling prostate cancer, shot to prominence on the strength of 1959′s “New Orleans Street Singer,” a record that even today is a revelation. Mostly, because it sounds nothing like Eaglin, who was as modern and as inventive and as non-traditional as they came. Still, for all of the foot-stomping joys of hisRead More

One Track Mind: Lightnin' Hopkins,  "Back Door Friend" (1965)

One Track Mind: Lightnin' Hopkins, "Back Door Friend" (1965)

by Nick DeRiso A song about not giving up, even when you discover that your woman is cheating, then give her another chance, only to then find out she is still off with this other dude. And Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins, as always, did it in just one take — with the money up front. That was the deal with thisRead More

A Special Benefit Concert In Memory of Sean Costello

A Special Benefit Concert In Memory of Sean Costello

by Pico In the last year I’ve written here to first sing the praises of Sean Costello’s new We Can Get Together album, then bereave his sudden death a mere month later, and finally, recognize his album again at year-end evaluation time. And now, I’m back to discuss Sean once more, but this time for a higher purpose. Doing publicRead More

Chuck Bernstein – Delta Berimbau Blues (2009)

Chuck Bernstein – Delta Berimbau Blues (2009)

by Pico A berim-what??? Yeah, that’s right, a berimbau. Indigenous to the northeast region of Brazil, this bad boy is a single wire-stringed percussion musical instrument that’s sort of like a bow with a hollowed-out gourd on the bottom of it and played with a wooden stick, with the tone modulated by using a coin-like piece of metal. The berimbauRead More