Post Tagged with: "Blues"

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

Koko Taylor (1928-2009): An Appreciation

Koko Taylor (1928-2009): An Appreciation

Koko Taylor, a sharecropper’s daughter whose five-decade career earned her the nickname “Queen of the Blues,” has died at 80. Taylor suffered complications Wednesday after surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for a gastrointestinal bleed, according to label Alligator Records. Over the course of her career, Taylor was nominated seven times for Grammy awards and won in 1984. She was alsoRead More

Thomas Edison 'Brownie' Ford – Stories from Mountains, Swamps, and Honky-tonks (1991)

Thomas Edison 'Brownie' Ford – Stories from Mountains, Swamps, and Honky-tonks (1991)

by Nick DeRiso  This is an updated excerpt from a multi-artist piece I had published as part of the statewide Louisiana Folklife Festival’s program book in 1995. Born in 1904, Thomas Edison “Brownie” Ford would travel all over the Deep South — working as a ballad singer, bronc buster, storyteller and craftsman — before settling in Hebert, La. He passedRead More

Jesse ‘Baby Face’ Thomas (1911-1995): An Appreciation

Jesse ‘Baby Face’ Thomas (1911-1995): An Appreciation

This is an updated excerpt from a multi-artist piece I had published as part of the statewide Louisiana Folklife Festival’s program book in 1995. Thomas suffered a fatal heart attack later that same year, in his hometown of Shreveport, La., ending a career that spanned seven decades: On his old records, Jesse “Baby Face” Thomas is a whispering recollection ofRead More