Jimmie Vaughan’s ‘Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites,’ released five years ago this summer, shined a needed spotlight on some largely unheard covers.
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In the period immediately after New Orleans’ levees failed under Hurricane Katrina’s onslaught beginning on Aug. 29, 2005, musicians began trying to make sense of things.
JJ Grey and Mofro started out as a very good band. ‘Georgia Warhorse,’ released on August 24, 2010, catapulted them to greatness.
I’m not one to snap up everything Willie Nelson or Wynton Marsalis puts out. But ‘Two Men With the Blues,’ released in the summer of 2008, was special.
‘The Keith Emerson Band featuring Marc Bonilla,’ released on August 20, 2008, found Emerson fully – and finally – embracing his storied past.
‘3 + 3,’ released on Aug. 7, 1973, found a newly expanded Isley Brothers taking on a very recent hit by Seals and Crofts. Something magical happened.
Released in August 1974, ‘Not Fragile’ hurtled Bachman-Turner Overdrive to stardom with an old-fashioned recipe of hard rock rooted in the blues.
“Rock Lobster,” released on July 6, 1979 on the B-52’s eponymous debut, was zany enough to soften the defenses of even the most stubborn music snob.
Released on June 15, 2010, Tom Petty’s ‘Mojo’ built off a rootsy foundation, extending their reign as the most sophisticated garage band in America.
There were technical things that made Ornette Coleman’s work great. But stressing that gives away the one thing that really mattered: Its freedom.