Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Whistling Alex Moore's Blues

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Henry James Townsend -- Blind Girl Blues

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J J Grey & Mofro - The Sweetest Thing

JJ Grey & MOFRO (formerly billed just as Mofro) is a soul/funk/R&B/blues/southern rock band from Jacksonville, Florida.




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Harry Roy - There's a new day coming

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Monday, May 30, 2011

My Ding-a-Ling - Chuck Berry



but then again

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Julian Sas



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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Miss Martha King - B.B. King

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Harlem Hamfats

from Chicago



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Krissy Matthews - Just 19

Hopefully a long and successful future



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Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Duck's Yas-Yas-Yas - Hokum Blues

Wikipedia

"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"





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the reverend peyton's big damn band

fine country blues outfit - bound to cheer you up




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Knocking on Heaven's Door – Bob Dylan

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Gloucester Blues Project

Web Site
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... 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.

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Gil Scott Heron - RIP



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Larry Garner, with Norman Beaker & Friends —Live at the Tivoli

British Blues at its best



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Mike Bloomfield

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.



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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Legends Of Jazz: Jane Monheit & John Pizzarelli

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd- Live! in Chicago

Married to Mel Gibsons' oldest daughter.





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Pinetop Perkins -Piano

Wikipedia

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.

BBC
"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."



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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Blues Project – No Time Like The Right Times

Wikipedia

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.



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Samantha Fish - Girls with Guitars



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Monday, May 23, 2011

Mighty Sam McClain & Knut Reiersrud - Life

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Girls with Guitars - Dani Wilde



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Elvin Bishop - Red Dog Speaks

pastemagazine

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





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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Buddy Guy — Living Proof

BBC

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


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Bob Corritore & Friends - Harmonica Blues 2010

blues.about

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.





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Hamilton Loomis

movinmusic

“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



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Friday, May 20, 2011

Jeremy Spencer

Original Fleetwood Mac

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Pinetop Perkins & Willy ‘Big Eyes’ Smith - Joined at the Hip

Concord

Pianist Pinetop Perkins is one of the true originals.... can legitimately claim direct roots in the Delta blues of the 1930s

popmatters
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.





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Thursday, May 19, 2011

24Pesos — Give Some Love To Me



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Leftover Salmon - Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass

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



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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

June Tabor - You Don't Know What Love Is (1989)

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Robben Ford

Bio

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





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Bob Malone





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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Three Little Birds - Playing For Change

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Solomon Burke — Nothing's Impossible 2010

BBC
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.





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Nils Landgren Funk Unit - Funk for Life 2010

Nils Landgren is a Swedish R&B funk and jazz trombone player.

bluesandsoul.com

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!




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Monday, May 16, 2011

Smokestack Lightning

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."

wikipedia

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.



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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Dege Legg - Folk Songs of the American Longhair 2010

cdbaby

This is the REAL deal. Dege Legg (aka Brother Dege), Cajun born and Louisiana raised.

popmatters
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.

highly recommended





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Back Door Slam - Coming Up For Air 2009

Wikipedia

Back Door Slam is the name of the blues rock band started by Davy Knowles on the Isle of Man in 2003/4. The band got its name from a Robert Cray song of the same name.





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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Eric Bibb — Destiny Blues

I was reading a review that sums up my feelings " this stuff is like medicine"



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Friday, May 13, 2011

Harry Manx - Raga meets the Blues

Official site

“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.

Springsteen cover


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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Zola Moon

Website

Zola Moon is the powerhouse and the queen of present-day Americana-roots-music and blues/blues-rock. Her no-holds-barred, incendiary live performances are renowned.



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Koop - Koop Island Blues

Wikipedia

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



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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Eric Burdon and Jimmy Witherspoon - Headin' For Home

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Charlie Sayles - Harmonica Genius

Website

"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"
-Pete Seeger



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You Shook Me - Etta James



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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Monday, May 09, 2011

Joe Louis Walker - Blues Conspiracy 2010



About.com
.... 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.






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Son Seals - Blues Guitar

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.







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Finis Tasby -America

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Alice Coltrane - Jazz Harpist

She led a varied and full life - her bio on Wikipedia gives the full low down.

Her Music just gets right to me



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Sunday, May 08, 2011

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Todd Sharpville - Porchlight

Wikipedia
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.

bluesinthenorthwest
Stunning stuff. World class musicians at the top of their game







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Friday, May 06, 2011

King King ft Alan Nimmo - Take My Hand 2011

allgigs

... 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!

bluesinthenorthwest
....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.






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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Eddie Kirkland - "Gypsy of the Blues"

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

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Delta Maid - Liverpool Hillbilly?

Just been watching this very intelligent and personable young lady who is breaking the mold  for Liverpool

Guardian review






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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Hugh Laurie — Blues 'Let Them Talk'

http://www.hughlaurieblues.com/#

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








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JJ Milteau

Jean-Jacques Milteau is an excellent  French blues harmonica player, singer, and songwriter.











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Sunday, May 01, 2011

Chantel McGregor - UK Blues

A very enthusiastic review at Get ready to Rock
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!



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Peter Lang - Testament

Peter Lang (born 1948) is an accomplished acoustic guitarist, from the same genre, American Primitivism, as the better-known guitarists Leo Kottke and John Fahey (lots of collaborations on the net)





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