Post Tagged with: "Blues"

Gary Moore (1952-2011): An Appreciation

Gary Moore (1952-2011): An Appreciation

by Something Else Reviews Gary Moore, former guitarist with Thin Lizzy and Skid Row, has died at age 58. The Belfast-born Moore, perhaps most famous for his 1979 hit “Parisienne Walkways” with the late Phil Lynott, was found dead in a hotel room Sunday while vacationing at the Costa del Sol, Spain. The cause of death was not immediately known.Read More

One Track Mind: Pinetop Perkins, with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, "Grinding Man" (2010)

One Track Mind: Pinetop Perkins, with Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, "Grinding Man" (2010)

by Nick DeRiso With “Grinding Man,” a rollicking rapscallion highlight from his Grammy nominated album with Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, we get a winking glimpse into how 97-year-old Pinetop Perkins has kept himself going all these years.

Gregg Allman – Low Country Blues (2011)

Gregg Allman – Low Country Blues (2011)

You can’t fault Gregg Allman his nostalgia on Low Country Blues. Legendarily restless, he’s still a man, and the leader of a band, that’s been through a great deal. Just as importantly, this record’s hat-tips to blues, R&B, gospel and jazz only underscore how each provided uniquely American spices in the Allman Brothers Band’s bubbling Southern-rock synthesis. Still, listening toRead More

Something Else! sneak peek: Big Head Blues Club, featuring B.B. King, "Crossroads Blues" (2011)

Something Else! sneak peek: Big Head Blues Club, featuring B.B. King, "Crossroads Blues" (2011)

by Nick DeRiso Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads Blues” remains one of the most terrifying, wonder-filled songs, even if you don’t know the oft-told tale of how the doomed Mississippi bluesman became so proficient so quickly at playing his guitar. It’s one of the reasons that, despite the brevity of his time on this earth — born about 1910 and dead byRead More

One Track Mind: Gregg Allman, "I Can't Be Satisfied" (2011)

One Track Mind: Gregg Allman, "I Can't Be Satisfied" (2011)

by S. Victor Aaron I know no one will believe it, but a couple of weeks ago I heard Muddy Waters‘ 1948 classic recording of his first hit “I Can’t Be Satisfied” for the first time in a while and decided then and there that it needed the One Track Mind treatment. Really, I was going to do it. ThatRead More

Big Apple Blues – Brooklyn Blues (2010)

Big Apple Blues – Brooklyn Blues (2010)

by Nick DeRiso Big Apple Blues came by this vintage sound honestly. They put down tracks for Brooklyn Blues in an old hometown studio, Excello Recording, playing live before analog equipment on throwback instruments. Then they picked out a series of cuts by giants of the genre. Included on this Stone Tone release are covers of songs by Chess RecordsRead More

Forgotten series: Tab Benoit – Wetlands (2002)

Forgotten series: Tab Benoit – Wetlands (2002)

By S. Victor Aaron Ten years before Wetlands, a young Cajun kid from Baton Rouge walked into a Houston studio and produced some of the most refreshingly honest rock-tinged swamp blues ever heard. Yet, one worried that Benoit would go the way of may bluesmen who’ve tasted success and eventually dilute the pure sound of 1992’s Nice And Warm untilRead More

Forgotten series: Melvin Taylor – Dirty Pool (1997)

Forgotten series: Melvin Taylor – Dirty Pool (1997)

by S. Victor Aaron Electric blues guitarist Melvin Taylor had been sporadically recording solo albums for 20 years when Dirty Pool arrived — and was somehow just beginning to find fame. Already a hit in Europe, it had taken a steady run of performing in Chicago’s famed blues clubs to slowly earn Taylor a well-deserved reputation as an equal talentRead More

The Best of 2010, Part 2: Blues 'n' Roots

The Best of 2010, Part 2: Blues 'n' Roots

Nobody plays it like Buddy, as his Living Proof testifies. by Pico This part of the Year End series is typically the shortest, and not because there’s less excellent blues and roots records than other kinds of music, but because I regrettably have little time leftover to delve into these idioms as much as I’d like to after soaking inRead More

Chandler Travis Philharmonic – Chandler Travis Philharmonic Blows! (2010)

Chandler Travis Philharmonic – Chandler Travis Philharmonic Blows! (2010)

by Mark Saleski When I was a little kid, we used to take vacations out on Cape Cod. Back then there was a target ship anchored out in the bay, the SS James Longstreet. There was something both creepy and majestic about that ship. Of course, the boy in me wanted to walk out there at low tide. Me &Read More