Post Tagged with: "Blues"

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

Mark “Pocket” Goldberg – Off the Alleyway (2010)

Mark “Pocket” Goldberg – Off the Alleyway (2010)

by Nick DeRiso Mark “Pocket” Goldberg’s Off the Alleyway, a rootsy Americana recording with the flickering neon-soul of a blues joint, stays well away from the beaten path. His sound is as eclectic as the country’s rolling byways, bringing in low-country pedal steel, back-pew harmonizing, the nostalgic wheeze of an accordion, and crunchy late-night guitar growls. Rumbling this musical gumboRead More

Buddy Guy – Living Proof (2010)

Buddy Guy – Living Proof (2010)

by Nick DeRiso News this week that Buddy Guy had been Grammy nominated for best contemporary blues album had me revisiting the scalding blisses of Living Proof. I loved it from the first solo, this sharp outburst of gnarled sexuality on “74 Years Young”: “There ain’t nothing I haven’t done,” Guy yowls, giving the finger to old age. “I’ve beenRead More

Carolina Chocolate Drops – Genuine Negro Jig (2010)

Carolina Chocolate Drops – Genuine Negro Jig (2010)

by Mark Saleski Sometimes, the history of music is full of surprises. Another way of looking at it: I’m surprised by my own ignorance. When I think of the South and old-time music, the blues, whites, and blacks, I tend to think of the musics as being mostly separated, with old-time music being a purely white phenomenon while the obviousRead More