Post Tagged with: "Blues"

Solomon King – Medicine (2011)

Over the course of the striking, stripped-down Medicine, former Detroit autoworker Solomon King returns to that moment when the blues moved inexorably away from the uplift that defined gospel music, and ultimately toward rock ‘n’ roll and then hip hop.

Edith Wilson – He May Be Your Man … But He Comes to See Me Sometimes (1973)

A pioneer as just the third African American woman to make a phonograph recording back in the 1920s, Edith Wilson later fell on hard times — and was reduced to appearing through the mid-’60s (and quite anonymously) in the first Aunt Jemima TV commercials.

Houndog, featuring David Hidalgo and Mike Halby – Houndog (1999)

Los Lobos guitarist/accordian player and all around musical polyglot David Hidalgo got together with vocalist Mike Halby (Canned Heat, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers) to create this fantastic chunk ‘o blues.

Forgotten series: Johnny Winter – Guitar Slinger (1984)

Gas up Johnny Winter’s Guitar Slinger if you’re in the mood for some good old hell-raising Texas blues.

Half Notes: Kent DuChaine and Johnny Shines, "Sweet Home Chicago" (1992)

by Derrick Lord I’ll never forget my first night at a “real bar” when I turned legal. There used to be this place called Daddy Rawshucks Oyster Bar, which was the typical cool joint so common then and so rare now. No corporate logo needed. I was legal anyway but my brother was not. No problem there: I bought, weRead More

Alive Natural Sound Records Two-Fer!: Left Lane Cruiser and James Leg (2011)

Patrick Boissel’s Alive Natural Sound record company, an outfit he founded in 1994, has become a haven for music acts in the realms of garage rock, punk, power pop, and just about any band that plays the blues with bluster and the volume up at 10. It’s the smaller labels like this one who find those diamonds in the rough,Read More

Popa Chubby – Stealing the Devil's Guitar (2006)

by Derrick Lord It has long been the first trap any musician must jump once they hit it big. A successful record means a lot of people hear your music and from that point on you have a decision to make

Booker T. Jones – The Road from Memphis (2011)

His name is linked forever with the town, and the sound, of Memphis. But Booker T. Jones’ influence moves beyond Beale, into hip hop and today’s rhythm-and-blues — something that’s underscored on The Road from Memphis

Half Notes: Robert Cray – Twenty (2005)

by Tom Johnson My dad introduced me to Robert Cray long ago and, even into a new century, little had changed with Cray: He was still putting out dependable, if unspectacular, albums of his smooth brand of blues — a sound that fills in that overlooked category of music that can be played in the background for pretty much anyoneRead More

Something Else! Reviews on the 2011 Blues Music Awards winners

The 32nd annual Blues Museum Awards ceremony was held Thursday night at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Produced by the Memphis-based Blues Foundation, the event belonged to Buddy Guy.

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