Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
"The Duck's Yas-Yas-Yas" or "The Duck's Yas Yas Yas" is a hokum jazz-blues song, originally recorded by James "Stump" Johnson, but the most well known version was recorded by Oliver Cobb and his Rhythm Kings.
The song is perhaps best known for the following lyrics:
"Mama bought a rooster
She thought it was a duck
She served it at the table with its legs straight up"
Friday, May 27, 2011
... The Gloucester Blues Project play regularly in KwaZulu-Natal and have enjoyed performing with the likes of Dan Patlansky, Southern Gypsey Queen and Josie Fields. In 2007, 2009 and 2010 they performed at the Splashy Fen Music Festival. The band play has also played at the International Blues Festival in Durban (2009 & 2010) and the Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg (2009). They aim to release an official EP in the near future.
Michael Bernard "Mike" Bloomfield (July 28, 1943 – February 15, 1981) was an American musician, guitarist, and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois, who became one of the first popular music superstars of the 1960s to earn his reputation entirely on his instrumental prowes.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Joseph William Perkins (July 7, 1913 – March 21, 2011), known by the stage name Pinetop Perkins, was an American blues musician, specializing in piano music. He played with some of the most influential blues and rock and roll performers in American history, and received numerous honors during his lifetime including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into the Blues Hall of Fame.
"He is the blues, he is the epitome of it," Mr Southard said. "He lived it, breathed it."
Once asked about his longevity, Perkins said: "I always try to do something different all the time."
Another blues legend, BB King, said: "He was one of the last great Mississippi Bluesmen, and he sure could play the piano. He will be missed not only by me, but by lovers of music all over the world."
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The Blues Project is a band from the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City that was formed in 1965 and originally split up in 1967. While their songs drew from a wide array of musical styles, they are most remembered as one of the earliest practitioners of psychedelic rock, as well as one of the world's first jam bands, along with the Grateful Dead.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Elvin Bishop’s cherry red 1959 Gibson ES-345 howls over meandering blues in the opening track of his newest album, leaving no question as to why it’s earned the name Red Dog and how well it can speak. Red Dog Speaks journeys through old-timey blues and rock ‘n’ roll to zydeco
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
The Chicago legend has released what is surely the blues album of the year. The legendary pioneer of the Chicago blues turned 74 in July this year, and he’s determined to show that he’s still in fine voice, and – more even importantly – that he’s still one of the most exhilarating and inventive guitarists in the world.Observer
It's an engaging, uncompromising affair, charting Guy's ascent from Louisiana roots to Chicago success, en route lamenting lost loves and savaging ex-wives
in his own words
Blues harpist Bob Corritore is one of those vastly underrated musical "MVPs" that seem to forever haunt the edges of the blues scene. His raging harmonica riffs can be heard on over three-dozen recordings, and he's lent his skills in support of artists like Louisiana Red, Tomcat Courtney, Henry Grey, and others.
“If blues, soul, and rock can be said to form a triangle, you’ll find Hamilton Loomis right in the center of it”, says Guitar Player Magazine. An apt description, as Loomis is one of the young artists at the forefront of bringing blues into the 21st century and redefining it for a contemporary audience
Friday, May 20, 2011
Pianist Pinetop Perkins is one of the true originals.... can legitimately claim direct roots in the Delta blues of the 1930s
Perkins himself steps forward for singing duties on “Grindin’ Man”, a four-minute declaration of his sexual prowess. Are you going to argue with him? It’s just one more surprise on an album that consistently delights, albeit in an understated way. Musical pyrotechnics are few and far between on this record. Instead, there is a surfeit of heart, soul and precision. When it comes to the blues, little else is needed.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Leftover Salmon is a jam band from Boulder, Colorado, formed in 1989. Their unique blend of bluegrass, rock, country, and Cajun/Zydeco, which the band calls "Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass", has found favor with the jam band scene. The band took a hiatus in 2005, and spent parts of 2007 in a reunion
Happy stuff indeed
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Robben Ford .... particularly known for his blues playing as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Claus Ogerman, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Greg Allman and many others
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Burke tells it like it is, like the sensitive man, wronged lover and righteous preacher that he truly is. For his final work, Willie Mitchell found a perfect partner, and Nothing’s Impossible sees him depart on a high.
Nils Landgren is a Swedish R&B funk and jazz trombone player.
Nils project to inspire and nourish children with music making has already seen some incredible results and one euro from each cd sold will be donated to the aid organisation for this unique project in Kibera, Nairobi, one of the biggest slums in Africa. Commendable stuff,check out this cd Nils and the boys are totally focussed on the funk and for making it everbody's birthright!
Monday, May 16, 2011
Wolf said the song was inspired by watching trains in the night: "We used to sit out in the country and see the trains go by, watch the sparks come out of the smokestack. That was smokestack lightning."
In the early to mid 1960s, it became a live staple of British beat groups, including The Yardbirds, Manfred Mann, The Animals,The Groundhogs and The Who as well as American groups, such as Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Electric Prunes, and The Wailers. The song has also been performed and/or recorded by Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Fenton Robinson, Lucky Peterson, John Lee Hooker, John Mayer, Bob Dylan, Soundgarden, Widespread Panic, Gov't Mule, Lester Butler, George Thorogood, Aerosmith, and Big Head Todd and the Monsters.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
This is the REAL deal. Dege Legg (aka Brother Dege), Cajun born and Louisiana raised.
Santeria frontman Dege Legg presents himself here as Brother Dege, a guitar-slidin’ force of nature whose songs could fill a hall with their effortless, mostly-acoustic verve. Ranging from quietly desperate to careening full-tilt boogie, Folksongs of the American Longhair is a testament to the idea that less can, in fact, be considerably more.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
“Mysticssippi” blues man Harry Manx has been called an “essential link” between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. He has created a unique sound that is hard to forget and deliciously addictive to listen to.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Koop is an electronic jazz duo from Sweden, consisting of Magnus Zingmark and Oscar Simonsson. In 2009, their song "Koop Island Blues" was featured in American TV show So You Think You Can Dance. The song 'Strange Love' was also featured in a commercial for Coca Cola
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
"The Afro-American harmonica, or blues harp, gives us one of America's great traditional art forms. It can't be written down with music notation; you have to hear it to believe it. Charlie Sayles is one of our very best harp players"
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 09, 2011
.... Joe Louis Walker has been one of the most consistently entertaining performers in the idiom. With a grasp of blues history few can match, Walker has released 20 records showcasing his great taste in songs, his soulful vocals, and his stylistically diverse yet always engaging guitar work. Along the way, Walker has befriended a large number of blues luminaries, many of which turn out to help on this enjoyable new record.
Sometimes worth going back a while and listening to some sounds you might have forgotton or just not listened to for a while. He received the W.C. Handy Award in 1985, 1987, and 2001. I wonder how his 14 kids are doing.
The band Phish performed Son's song "Funky Bitch" throughout their career and brought him on stage on multiple occasions, turning a whole new generation on to his music.
Sunday, May 08, 2011
Saturday, May 07, 2011
Todd Sharpville (born The Hon. Roland Augusto Jestyn Estanislao Philipps the younger son of the 3rd Viscount St Davids and younger brother of 4th Viscount St Davids, is a British musician, singer-songwriter and lead guitarist, mainly in the blues field. It is claimed that he is "the world’s first blue-blooded bluesman, being a titled member of one of the UK’s oldest aristocratic families, descending from royal lineage".In 2010, the Conservative Party asked him to stand for election as a Prospective parliamentary candidate, but he declined the offer.
Stunning stuff. World class musicians at the top of their game
Friday, May 06, 2011
... So initially this album for me was a slow burner that may grow on me, but it got there in the end! I think I would prefer to see them live in a random venue or on stage at a festival as I can see myself jumping around like an overly enthusiastic fool!
....The band will be out in support of “Take My Hand” during April and May . . . for those who have yet to catch them they come highly recommended, as does this album, from one of our best British blues outfits.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Kirkland, known as the "Gypsy of the Blues" played and toured with John Lee Hooker from 1949 to 1962; he continued to tour, write and record albums until his death in February 2011.
Eddie Kirkland live at Banana Peel ! by NOWILDW
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
A very good review by the Guardian closing the Cheltenham Jazz festival
Laurie, a lifelong early-jazz and blues fan, triumphantly closed the 2011 Cheltenham Jazz Festival backed by a punchy quintet dominated by the uninhibited Canadian guitarist Kevin Bright, and the material from his debut album, Let Them Talk.
"If I explode in a wet splash of ecstasy," Laurie initially warned the audience, "the gentlemen behind me will take care of all your musical needs."Hey this is fun
Sunday, May 01, 2011
For the last few years Bradford lass Chantel McGregor has been stunning audiences with her own sonic tapestries from heaven from the clubs and bars 'oop North to the Blues festival circuit across the land. I first saw McGregor last year at the Skegness Rock & Blues Festival and was gobsmacked by her ability to bend out every note known to mankind whilst keeping an effortless gentle character about herself.
and at earlyblues
She is well worth a listen!