Post Tagged with: "Blues"

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

Ronnie Earl – Spread The Love (2010)

Ronnie Earl – Spread The Love (2010)

Photo by Tommy Hazeltine by Mark Saleski It was many years ago, in the early 1990’s, that I had my first encounter with Ronnie Earl. He was playing at Raoul’s Roadside Attraction in Portland, Maine. I had never heard of him before but a friend of mine was sure that a good time would follow. The start of the showRead More

Buddy Guy – Living Proof (2010)

Buddy Guy is a great, living blues legend who can still play guitar and sing as well as he’s always has. But his albums of late have been inconsistent. In the case of his last album, Skin Deep (2008), all the guest appearances diluted that hard-driving Chicago electric blues sound, a sound of which he was one of the arcthitects.Read More

Otis Rush, "Live in Europe" (1993)

Otis Rush, "Live in Europe" (1993)

By Nick DeRiso Otis Rush is the star-crossed guitar god, always in the right place at the wrong time. Close but no rock star. That despite his role as a principal architect of the modern Chicago blues-guitar vernacular, and a memorably emotional style of singing that echoes some of the genre’s most recognizable figures. He’s in his prime on “LiveRead More

Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter – Bourgeois Blues (1997)

Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter – Bourgeois Blues (1997)

Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter was a man of sweeping appetites, for songs, for drink and for life. This made his music rugged and true, but also got him into his share of big trouble. Very big. Ledbetter, born on Jan. 29, 1885 on the Jeter Plantation near Mooringsport, La., would spend several stints in jail, once reportedly lived as aRead More

Junior Kimbrough, "All Night Long" (1992)

Junior Kimbrough, "All Night Long" (1992)

by Nick DeRiso Recorded not at his own country juke, but in a booming, hollow-sounding church, the late North Mississippi bluesman Junior Kimbrough’s debut was ghostly, and vivid. Why he didn’t record it at his house — which became such a popular neighborhood party spot that Kimbrough eventually conceded its nightclub status by putting a “Junior’s Place” sign out frontRead More

Mississippi Sheiks, Bo Carter, Bessie Jackson, Lil Johnson, others – Roots n' Blues: Raunchy Business (1928-39)

Mississippi Sheiks, Bo Carter, Bessie Jackson, Lil Johnson, others – Roots n' Blues: Raunchy Business (1928-39)

by Nick DeRiso I always chuckle when I pull out this Columbia-Legacy compilation, a CD of pre-war tracks that boasts one of those blocky black PARENTAL ADVISORY stickers for explicit lyrics. It’s an album of steadfastly dirty blues songs — though innuendo replaces the jarring language of today’s brazen new world. Still, their very content, even by suggestion, meant manyRead More

Eden Brent – Ain't Got No Troubles (2010)

Eden Brent – Ain't Got No Troubles (2010)

by Mark Saleski I wish I had a cool story about where I learned about the blues. I never had an older brother who gave me his Howlin’ Wolf records. There was no cousin who pointed out the line that runs backwards from Jimmy Page. Despite the early appearance of my inner music nerd, I doubt that I was curiousRead More

Hurricane Katrina’s musical journey

Hurricane Katrina’s musical journey

This site’s ties to Louisiana have provided a rich vein of musical delights over the years, but also a moment of staggering loss when Hurricane Katrina swept ashore near New Orleans five years ago today. A legacy of recovery for the city, and the wider Gulf Coast, subsequently found voice in songs from across the spectrum, and helped many sortRead More