Post Tagged with: "Blues"

Joe Bonamassa – Black Rock (2010)

Joe Bonamassa – Black Rock (2010)

A year ago, we drooled a little over a power blues record by an ascending star on the blues scene, Joe Bonamassa. Since then The Ballad Of John Henry rocketed to the #1 position on Billboard’s Blues Albums charts, #103 on its Top 200, #35 Rock chart and #1 Heatseekers, in addition to seeing other chart action. Last month thatRead More

The Arcangels – Living In A Dream (2009 CD-DVD

The Arcangels – Living In A Dream (2009 CD-DVD

by Pico Since we’re on the topic of Austin-based acts, why not shift our focus to one of the most acclaimed and yet most elusive since the death of Stevie Ray Vaughan? I’m talking of course about the Arcangels. It would be impossible to discuss the Arcangels without a discussing their sometimes-volatile history, since Living In A Dream is aboutRead More

The Best of 2009, Part 2: Blues 'n' Roots

The Best of 2009, Part 2: Blues 'n' Roots

by S. Victor Aaron 2009 has had its share of the blues but there were plenty of blues practitioners making the best of the hard times, as we saw a slew of fine releases by them last year. There were seven of those that really stood out to me, above a large batch of solid, but more run-of-the-mill blues. MostRead More

Robert Cray – This Time (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron Robert Cray’s era of peak popularity from the mid-eighties to the early nineties was due to his strong crossover appeal. Back then, he was a blues man at heart, but poured in a lot of soul and just a little bit of rock. His songs were modernized twists on the old themes of love found, loveRead More

Otis Taylor – Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs (2009)

Otis Taylor might very well be the greatest bluesman of the 21st century. Not the best blues-rocker, not the best Delta bluesman or soul-bluesman; just the best straight-up bluesman. That’s because when I listen to any Taylor record, I hear strong echoes of the Delta blues, while detecting a restless musician who pushes the dusty genre forward with unusual instrumentationsRead More

One Track Mind: ZZ Top, "I Thank You" (1979)

One Track Mind: ZZ Top, "I Thank You" (1979)

by Pico There’s plenty of Christmas rock songs out there, but I’m struggling to think of any Thanksgiving-themed songs. Heck, a year ago we were even able to showcase a song about the day after Thanksgiving (well, sort of). But if you expand the definition of a Thanksgiving-themed song to include any song that gives thanks, well then, the searchRead More

Robert "Jr." Lockwood – Plays Robert and Robert (1982)

Robert "Jr." Lockwood – Plays Robert and Robert (1982)

by Nick DeRiso An honorable, if ultimately somewhat superficial, tribute to the thing that makes Robert “Jr.” Lockwood such an important element to modern blues. Lockwood was something of a stepson to Robert Johnson. The doomed Delta bluesman would stop in to stay with Lockwood’s mother in Helena, Ark., during early 1930s road trips along the chitlin’ circuit, and theyRead More

Mia Vermillion – Alone Together With The Blues (2009)

Mia Vermillion – Alone Together With The Blues (2009)

by Pico This site had its beginnings, believe or not, as a blues-oriented site. These days we’re ten times more likely to cover jazz than we are the Blues, but there’s nonetheless twenty-three entries in the Blues category so far this year. We’ve covered everything from soul-blues and blues-rock new releases to glances back at vintage older Delta blues records.Read More

Robben Ford – Soul on Ten (2009)

Robben Ford – Soul on Ten (2009)

It’s been a while since the jazz/soul-flavored blues guitarist and singer Robben Ford has last released a live album, and given that he’s one helluva performer, Soul on Ten was the exact right album he needed to put out right now. Since 1998′s The Authorized Bootleg, Ford had since moved on from his Blue Line blues power trio to recordRead More

Johnnie Bassett – The Gentleman Is Back (2009)

Johnnie Bassett – The Gentleman Is Back (2009)

Refined, yet deliciously groovy, 72-year-old Johnnie Bassett’s music — and his bearing — belies his family’s rascally bootlegger roots. It’s perhaps no surprise, though, that many of the more well-known Florida-area bluesmen of the Prohibition era — Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, Lonnie Johnson, Tampa Red — would stop by to sample the product. A young Bassett got to know themRead More