African Blues of the highest order
Saturday, July 31, 2010
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Ford was born in , Woodlake, California, but raised in Ukiah, California, and began playing the saxophone at age 10, picking up the guitar at age 13. Robben and his brothers Mark (mouthharp) and Patrick Ford (drums) had a band they named the Charles Ford Blues Band in honor of their father
Soul on Ten isn't Ford's first live album but it's a hot one, cov
Supernatural (Live) | Robben Ford
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Yet another new singer for me but enjoyable
I would imagine all but the most seasoned collector has ever heard of blues singer Willie Headen. I for one certainly had not but I have blind faith in the good folks at Ace Records plus a collector’s curiosity, so I picked up the Willie Headen collection Blame It On The Blues with no idea what to expect. Ace, as most folks know, issues terrific post-war blues reissues circa the 40′s through the 60′s, very collector oriented, loaded with previously unreleased tracks and in depth notes. Blame It On The Blues spotlights an exceptional blues singer who recorded a handful of excellent 45′s in his five year on-off-on stint with Dootsie Williams’ Dootone, Dooto labels and the offshoot Authentic imprint.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
There is a lot to take in here – Tribal contains 16 deeply detailed, fidgety tracks – but it’s never hard work. It’s a warm, gently funny album – Them suggests Van Morrison with a sense of humour, and Only in America has a whiff of the waspish wit of Randy Newman.
As a whole, it’s an altogether welcome updating of an unusually gilded resume.
Friday, July 23, 2010
The Blue Bishops are a London based band and have been in existence for a number of years and, following the departure of their original bassist in 1999, the Bishops enlisted the services of long time friend Martin Turner, the former bass player and vocalist of Wishbone Ash.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Praise & Blame
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NPR reviewed Tom Jones' New Album Praise and Blame. Tom Jones: 'The Lady Gaga Of Elvis Impersonators' by Ken Tucker. It caught me by surprised, I really like what I've heard of it so far, and I just love the below videos.
If ever there were a time for Mavis Staples to return to recording, 2004 is it. Her tenure with her family's group the Staple Singers led by her late father Pops offered a steadying, positive presence on the pop scene during the late antiwar unrest and civil rights struggles of the 1960s through the 1970s. They offered up notions of personal responsibility, dignity, and spiritual hope in a heady and uncertain time. Have A Little Faith is a stellar collection of bluesy folk gospel and classic soul grooves recorded for modern times... The album is subtle, laden with beautiful dark grooves, moody guitars, organic percussion, and B-3 and Rhodes piano... Have a Little Faith is a glorious return for Staples and is capable of inspiring those who are lucky enough to encounter it.
—an excerpt from Thom Jurek, Allmusic
Can't find tracks from this album - but her voice is so good!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
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Bo Diddley (December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008) was the stage name for Ellas Otha Bates, an American rock and roll vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and inventor. He was known as "The Originator" because of his key role in the transition from the blues to rock & roll, influencing a host of legendary acts including Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton
I spell, B-A-D
That mean no messin' me
Friday, July 16, 2010
Born in Paris from Vietnamese parents, he began to play drums at the age of 15, then took up guitar & electric bass.
Fragile Beauty personifies "world music" that combines Vietnamese folk-songs/poetry with African, Japanese, and western influences. Thanh's voice is as lovely, evocative and mysterious as her homeland. Each song seems to tell a story, as her singing, coupled with Le's thoughtful compositions (articulated by skilled performers), provides aural landscapes that have the dichotomy of being timeless and contemporary. The delicate balance of voice, atmosphere and instrument comes to life on "Drifting On The Water," as Thanh's singing is exquisitely accompanied by guitar and piano. Its message can still be appreciated even if you don't comprehend the language.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Koop is an electronic jazz duo from Sweden, consisting of Magnus Zingmark and Oscar Simonsson. Though the music may sound as if it is played by a tight jazz group, it is actually sample-based. Thousands of small clips of drums, strings, horns, and choirs are taken from old records and puzzled together into new songs.
So a matter of taste - but interesting - I think
Monday, July 12, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Hazmat Modine is a blues and roots musical group from New York. 'Hazmat' is a portmanteau of 'hazardous material' and 'Modine' is the name of a company that manufactures commercial heaters but may be used to refer to the heater itself. According to lead singer, Wade Schuman this is appropriate since the band 'blows a lot of hot air' including harmonicas, tubas and saxophones
Friday, July 09, 2010
Mac Rebennack, more commonly known as Dr. John, The Night Tripper and his band Lower 9-11 (pronounced "nine, eleven")
To become a genre unto oneself must be the supreme dream of any artist, and it was one realised by venerable New Orleans rhythm & blues institution Dr John decades ago. He is therefore familiar with the other edge of this particular Excalibur: that it makes it next to impossible to surprise your audience, at least short of doing something plain silly, like appearing on stage dressed as a panda, or collaborating with Sting. It is therefore both a compliment and an expression of sympathy to note that, at this point, it is barely necessary to listen to a Dr John song entitled Feel Good Music, as the opening track of this album is: you already know, down to the last exquisite swell of piano and languidly drawled vocal, exactly what it is going to sound like
In New Orleans
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Monday, July 05, 2010
Jeff Golub is a contemporary jazz guitarist with 11 solo albums and 3 CD's as the leader of the instrumental band "Avenue Blue". Before becoming an instrumentalist, Golub worked as a sideman to a number of very successful rock and pop artists.
He's arguably best known for his work with Rod Stewart, whom he played with from 1988 until 1995 performing on 4 albums and 5 world tours as well as recording the live DVD "One Night Only" live at Royal Albert Hall.
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Saturday, July 03, 2010
I can't find Lifestyle on video but I like the lyrics
You wake up in the morning and you're smokin' like a house on fire.
'Cause you've been out all night, and you're burnt down to the wire.
I really love you baby, but you put me through the fire.
Your lifestyle...is killin me. [x2]
And if I don't do somethin' 'bout it there'll be nothing left for me.
I used to listen to a couple records by Rev. Gary Davis - well, back when we had records. He was a fantastic guitar player who straddled the line between blues and gospel music.
Sally Where'd you get your Liquor From?
Children of Zion
That's Pete Seeger and Donovan looking on.