Post Tagged with: "Blues"

One Track Mind: Mose Allison "My Brain" (2010)

One Track Mind: Mose Allison "My Brain" (2010)

by Pico One of the most enduring singing piano players isn’t Billy Joel or even Elton John. Mose Allison has been at it since Nat King Cole was dominating the charts and although he’s slowed down a lot lately, the eighty-two year old was recently enticed back into the studio for the first time in a dozen years, the productRead More

James Blood Ulmer – In And Out (2010)

James Blood Ulmer – In And Out (2010)

by Pico Part Sonny Sharrock, part John Lee Hooker, James “Blood” Ulmer resides in his own unique space overlapping blues, whack jazz, straight jazz, rock, funk and a smattering of other forms. His ragged vocals and jagged guitar form a trademark weathered sound that’s sometimes calm, usually stormy and always unpredictable. We at SE tend to particularly like guitarists whoRead More

Quickies: New Release Roundup 2010, Vol. 1

Quickies: New Release Roundup 2010, Vol. 1

The hottest band in the land just might be the Drive-By Truckers by S. Victor Aaron Funny how it seems I have plenty of time to listen to new music and precious little to write about. There’s about 9GBs of albums in my iPod rotation and I’m familiar with a good majority of it. And I want to tell theRead More

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