Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Jews with Blues

Now this is an interesting article

Peter Greenbaum aka Peter Green

B3 magic

Some of you know that I'm a fan of the colour instruments - the free-reeds (the squeezebox family), saxes, and of course that crazy bulky wonder, the Hammond B3.

Here's a fantastic player, Barbara Dennerlein.

Suffering Music, featuring Dr. Lonnie Smith on organ

I love the organ on this next piece, None of us are Free by Soloman Burke

I believe Rudy Copeland is the organ player. The Blind Boys of Alabama are singing with Mr. Burke. What a great cut!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Good Times

Wynonie Harris born in Omaha, Nebraska, was an American blues shouter and rhythm and blues singer of upbeat songs featuring humorous, with often ribald lyrics. With fifteen Top 10 hits between 1946 and 1952, Harris is generally considered one of rock and roll's forerunners, influencing Elvis Presley among others.

OK that's the official line - his voice and the style of records are just as relevant today I think.

On Mr Anchovy's recommendation - because I haven't heard these before and I like to learn!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Canadian Blues

Benjamin Darvill is a Canadian musician and singer–songwriter. Since 2000, he has been busy with his solo project Son of Dave, which has resulted in four albums.

I like this animation - it has a happy feel is technically sound and it gets my feet tapping.

The next two live sessions make we want to be there - I get the feeling that he is intimate regardless of the venue. Listen and enjoy.

Folk, Gospel & Blues - Will the Circle Be Unbroken

I don't think I can recommend this mp3 album more enthusiastically. I love it, and think that fans of the blues, folk music, and gospel music will too. Just check out the various artist who are included here.

The cool part about mp3 albums is that you only have to buy the tracks that you like, but in this case each track is a keeper.

Folk, Gospel & Blues: Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Folk, Gospel & Blues: Will The Circle Be Unbroken
click image for mp3s @Amazon.com

1. Ezekiel Saw De Wheel - Fisk Jubilee Singers
2. Crazy Blues - Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds
3. Careless Love Blues - Bessie Smith
4. Frankie - Mississippi John Hurt
5. Lord I Can't Just Keep From Crying - Blind Willie Johnson
6. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today - Washington Phillips
7. Sitting On Top Of The World - The Mississippi Sheiks
8. Blues Before Sunrise - Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell
9. If You See My Saviour - Thomas A. Dorsey
10. Broke Down Engine - Blind Willie McTell
11. Mister Tom Hughe's Town - Leadbelly
12. Cross Road Blues - Robert Johnson
13. Key To The Highway - Big Bill Broonzy
14. Nine Foot Shovel - Joshua White
15. Cowboy's Lament - Burl Ives
16. Me And My Chauffeur Blues - Memphis Minnie
17. Swing Down Chariot - The Golden Gate Quartet
18. Dere's A Man Goin' Round / I Know De Lord - Paul Robeson
19. Baby Please Don't Go - Big Joe Williams
20. Hard Day Blues - Muddy Waters
21. I'll Never Forget - Ira Tucker & The Dixie Hummingbirds
22. I'll Fly Away - The Trumpeteers
23. I Will Move On Up A Little Higher - Mahalia Jackson
24. Greenfields - The Brotehrs Four

1. Blowin' In The Wind - Bob Dylan
2. The Patriot Game - The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem
3. Green, Green - The New Christy Minstrels feat. Barry McGuire
4. We Shall Overcome - Pete Seeger
5. The Sound Of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
6. Death Letter - Son House
7. Little Boxes - Malvina Reynolds
8. Will The Circle Be Unbroken - The Staple Singers
9. Suzanne - Leonard Cohen
10. Going Up To The Country, Paint My Mailbox Blue - Taj Mahal
11. These Days - Tom Rush
12. Mean Mistreater - Johnny Winter
13. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man - Willie Dixon
14. Blue River - Eric Andersen
15. Longer - Dan Fogelberg
16. Romeo's Tune - Steve Forget
17. Pride And Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble
18. Steady On - Shawn Colvin
19. Galileo - Indigo Girls
20. Stand Still - Shirley Ceasar feat. John P. Kee
21. Every Morning - Keb'Mo'

Music of Ray Charles

This DVD is published in the US on 20th October - the following suggest this might be quite an event.

Recorded Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall on February 10, 2009, the DVD features Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, and the stunning songstress Norah Jones. The artists collectively bring their unique musical perspective to the legendary Ray Charles' hits such as “Hallelujah I Love Her So,” “Hit the Road Jack,” and “Unchain My Heart.” The evening’s musicians are supported by insightful and vibrant performances from saxaphonist Walter Blanding, pianist Dan Nimmer, bassist Carlos Henriquez, drummer Ali Jackson, and harmonica great Mickey Raphael.

The DVD gives music lovers a front-row seat to the sold-out concert in New York City at Rose Theater, and includes rehearsal footage, exclusive interviews and photos.

An Introduction

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Elvin Bishop (w/ Lil' Ed)

Guitar face, that look on Mr. Bishop's face cracks me up. LOL.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Blues Funny - Funny Howlin' Wolf Photo

Every time I see the below photo, I laugh. Howlin' Wolf could be so intense at times, here he is comic. The other two guys in the photo are being straight men.

Funny Howlin Wolf Photo

Howlin' Wolf @Amazon.com

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Last of the breed?

Jamaica-born, Texas-raised and Phoenix-based Big Pete Pearson

In a review of his CD "I'm Here Baby" (Blue Witch Records) in the Phoenix New Times, Mark Keresman writes, "Likely among the last of the breed of Chicago-style bluesmen, Pearson has a burly, somewhat raspy, heartfelt bellow of a voice in the vein of late icons Muddy Waters and Junior Wells." .

Good stuff!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Settle in to that Geraint Watkins groove.

You may know Geraint Watkins as a side-man to the likes of Nick Lowe and Van Morrison. He also plays a mean accordion!

Here's Mr. Watkins back on keyboards, with a bluesy version of the great Van Dyke Parks / Brian Wilson tune, Heros and Villains. I heard him play this one a few years ago at Lee's Palace here in Toronto when he was opening the show for (and backing) Nick Lowe.

Finally, Watkins and co. mess around with Johnny B. Goode. It sounds kind of like a Cab Calloway thing through part of it.

Monday, September 21, 2009

For the Love of a Good Woman

"Not quite country, somewhere beyond folk, Holcombe's music is a kind of blues in motion,mapping backwoods corners of the heart." ~David Fricke- Rolling Stone Magazine

Who Carried You

I just think this is one of the best renditions of any tune I've heard in a long time.

New Blues pioneer

In the mid 1980’s, inspired by the British blues boom of the 1960s and 1970s, and fascinated by the differences between the UK and his hometown, Petit moved from California to London, England. During his initial years in the UK, Petit played alongside Phil May (The Pretty Things), David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) and Ian Stewart (The Rolling Stones) in May's “Friends Band” which performed dozens of gigs in London's Leicester Square and Little Venice.

"The reason I am on the planet is to play blues guitar. I’m on a mission to spread the word about the blues and about the guitar – especially to young music lovers." - Stephen Dale Petit

The UK press and media have pronounced Petit an artist at the forefront of a new and predominantly UK based musical phenomenon referred to as the new blues revolution, a recent revival of the blues as an independent cutting edge genre of music.
Petit feels the Blues has faded to the background of the British music consciousness, and so his career and promotional efforts have become an integral part of the New Blues Revolution, which seeks to restore the Blues to the popularity it experienced during the British Blues Boom of the mid 1960s.


Sunday, September 20, 2009

"I love to play and sing,"

Another guy who it's hard to slot into a particular genre - jazz? blues? I don't think it matters - just enjoy.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Grits Aint Groceries


Super Chicago Guitar

High octane stuff to get you feeling good.

"Emotion-laden and incisive, it's Specter's guitar work you'll remember."
-Guitar World

"Specter effortlessly juggles rhythm and lead guitar, tossing off elegant, precise solos." - Living Blues

Friday, September 18, 2009

Walk that Walk

Happy Friday everybody. Isn't it about time? Your Friday treat for the day features David Clayton Thomas and the Shays from 1965. This is pre-Blood Sweat and Tears material, and I just love that groove. Note the nod to John Lee Hooker, when Thomas sings "Boom Boom Boom Boom". You might also call this a bit of Canadiana, as Mr. Thomas grew up in a suburb of Toronto, and I believe this was recorded up here.

Friday Blues Funny - Devil Got My Woman

These two video clips are from the critically acclaimed movie Ghost World. One of the subplots of the movie revolves around the relationship of Seymore (played by Steve Buscemi), and a young lady named Chloe.

The first scene is one where Chloe is teasing Semore about dropping his Skip James record. For some odd reason this is funny to me. The second scene is of her listening to the record. I thought it was cool and amusing how they wove this song into this movie.

I wish more Hollywood types would go back and take a look at some of the blues music of the past and use it in todays movies.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Traditional Chicago Blues

When Eddie Taylor Sr., a founder of postwar Chicago blues and the genius behind the famous Jimmy Reed, passed away in 1985, his red guitar, a Gibson 355 stereo, was left sitting in the corner.

Eddie Jr., the third son in the family, had grown up hearing blues, but his main interest at the time was the current hip-hop music. One day he started listening to his father's records, picked up the guitar, hooked it up to the old Fender tube amp, and started teaching himself to play and sing.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Even if She is Only Seventeen...Blues Quote

Lot of people talking about young girls being pregnant as of late. I think that poet, philosopher and master bluesman, Muddy Waters said it best;

"Young girls make strong babies."

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sittin' on top of the world

The Mississippi Shieks

Here's a nice take on this theme... Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. What a great band they were!

Here's guitar great Doc Watson from 1962..

Finally, Wolf.

'nuff said.

Galactic Drummer

Stanton Moore is a New Orleans native. Stanton Moore was one of the many musicians who suffered losses in the Hurricane Katrina floods, though afterward, he donated and helped to get donations for musicians affected, arranging and performing at benefit concerts. Moore recorded III after Katrina, and there is a suite of pieces on the CD inspired by the flood, that ends the CD.

He leaves you feeling good!

Emphasis (on Parenthesis)



I heard this on radio last night - WOW!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I Feel Like Going to Church: Strange things happen

Strange things happening every day - Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe @ SqueezeMyLemon

Sister Rosetta Tharpe @Amazon.com

R&B Oldies

Rock and roll pioneer - many of his hits were successes despite being banned.

If you're looking for youth, you're looking for longevity, just take a dose of rock 'n' roll—it keeps you going. Just like the caffeine in your coffee, rock 'n' roll is good for the soul, for the well being, for the psyche, for your everything. I love it. I can't even picture being without rock 'n'roll.
— Hank Ballard

Friday, September 11, 2009

Museum for bluesman B.B. King has strong 1st year

The AP is reporting that "Museum for bluesman B.B. King has strong 1st year"

According to the article;

A year after its opening, the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center has drawn about 30,000 visitors to the Mississippi Delta town roughly 100 miles northwest of Jackson where the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist once made his living on a cotton plantation.

Attendance exceeded a first-year projection of 25,000, despite the museum's opening last fall amid hurricanes, high gas prices, economic woes and the end of the traditional summer travel season, said Connie Gibbons, the museum's executive director.


On a tour of the UK with Bruce Channel, McClinton met a young John Lennon and advised him on his harmonica technique, resulting in the sound heard on the Beatles hit “Love Me Do”.

He won a 1991 Grammy for his duet with Bonnie Raitt, “Good Man, Good Woman”, and reached the Top 5 of the country charts with the Tanya Tucker duet, “Tell Me About It”. He recorded the opening title song “Weatherman” for the Bill Murray film Groundhog Day.

Sending Me Angels

Walking on Eggshells (UK Jazz)

An interesting British musician who's music shows many influences ranging from pop/rock through to jazz, classical and British folk. '21st Century Boogie' shows his attention to blues/boogie-woogie, while 'Based On A True Story' shows much more of an Indie-piano leaning. A very good listen as well.

Based on a True Story

Friday Blues Funny - B.B. King and Redd Foxx


Blues On The Bayou
Blues On The Bayou by B.B. King
click image for info @Amazon.com

Track Listing

1. Blues Boys Tune 3:29
2. Bad Case Of Love 5:28
3. I'll Survive 4:52
4. Mean Ole' World 4:30
5. Blues Man 5:19
6. Broken Promise 3:34
7. Darlin' What Happened 5:26
8. Shake It Up And Go 3:10
9. Blues We Like 5:08
10. Good Man Gone Bad 3:20
11. If I Lost You 4:57
12. Tell Me Baby 3:26
13. I Got Some Outside Help I Don't Need 4:37
14. Blues In G 3:28
15. If That Ain't It I Quit 3:20

B.B. King @Amazon.com

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Jazz Giant

There is an excellent biography of Trane here

I was completely sold the first time I ever heard a Love Supreme. Giant Steps is also a classic

1. Giant Steps

2. Cousin Mary
3. Countdown
4. Spiral
5. Syeeda's Song Flute
6. Naima

7. Mr PC
8. Giant Steps
9. Naima
10. Cousin Mary
11. Countdown
12. Syeeda's Song Flute
13. Giant Steps
14. Naima
15. Giant Steps

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Back to Memphis

Here's the Memphis Jug Band.

Cocaine habit blues

Coal Oil Blues

We're going back, way back, to the late 20's and early 30's today. One of the interesting things about this band is that the personnel changed regularly, usually centred around Will Shade who was the glue holding the group together.

The Youngest Blues Band in America?

These look and sound like ones to watch

Website here
MySpace here

Homemade Jamz Band with Dad on the Harmonica

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Monday, September 07, 2009


Born & raised in Pasadena, California, Guy Tortora is now settled in London, in the UK. He does Americana — blues, jazz, folk and roots

Living on Credit

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Get Away Jordan

Get away, Jordan
Get away, Jordan
Get away, Jordan
There’s one more river to cross

And that’s the stream that flows,
Thru Bethlehem call the river Jordan.
Don’t you want to God Almighty…
O’ my Lord…

Get away, Jordan
Get away, Jordan
Get away, Jordan
I want to cross over to see my Lord

One of these mornings bright and fair
I want to cross over to see my Lord
Going to take my wings and fly the air
I want to cross over to see my Lord

Saturday, September 05, 2009


Bruce Springsteen, Bruce Hornsby, Tom Petty, Don Henley, Iggy Pop, Alanis Morissette, John Mayer, Gavin DeGraw, and Keith Richards all count themselves admirers of Whitley's music. (Just for the record he tragically died of lung cancer in 2005 at the tender age of forty five.)

I like this type of guitar)

Friday, September 04, 2009

Louisiana Shuffle

That was Clifton Chenier. Below we have Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas.

The Original Filé Gumbo Band

Water Skiing Champion

Sometimes a Wikipedia entry just stands out

Dana Gillespie was born to the Baron De Winterstein Gillespie, an Austrian radiologist and his wife. She grew up in England and her family's villa on Lake Maggiore, Italy. She was the British Junior Water Skiing Champion for four years until an injury forced her retirement.

She recorded initially in the folk genre in the mid-1960s, although she was more known at this time for being the girlfriend of Bob Dylan. Some of her recordings as a teenager fell into the teen pop category, such as the 1966 single "Thank You Boy", produced by Jimmy Page. Her acting career got under way shortly afterwards, and overshadowed her musical career in the late 1960s and 1970s. After performing backing vocals on the track "It Ain't Easy" from David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, she recorded an album produced by Bowie and Mick Ronson in 1973, "Weren't Born a Man". Subsequent efforts have been in the blues genre, appearing with her "London Blues Band". She is notable for being the original Mary Magdalene in the first London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar which opened at the Palace Theatre in late 1971. She also appears on the Original London Cast album which was released the following year.

She is a close friend and associate of Angela Bowie, David Bowie's former wife.

Gillespie is a regular at "Basil's Blues Bar" on Mustique Island in the Caribbean, for three weeks in January through to February. This mostly features her "London Blues Band", but she also invites other acts. In 2005, Mick Jagger appeared as a guest and sang songs such as: "Honky Tonk Women", "Dust My Broom" and "Goin' Down".

Blues It Up

Thursday, September 03, 2009

King of the Whammy Bar (UK)

Jump blues is an up-tempo blues usually played by small groups and featuring horns. Jump blues was very popular in the 1940s and was called "rock and roll" in the 1950s.

Jump accomplishes with three horns and a rhythm section what a big band does with an ensemble of sixteen. The tenor saxophone is the most prominent instrument in jump. Jump groups, employed to play for jitterbugs at a much lower cost than big bands, became very popular with agents and ballroom owners. Saxophonist Art Chaney said "we were insulted" when an audience wouldn't dance.

He has been on the UK Blues scene for 15 years or so - appearing on TV, radio and on British Airways radio. He has a good sound as the following should show - I hope you agree.

It's the Birthday of Freddie King

It's the birthday of bluesman Freddie King (aka Freddy King).

Freddie King @ SqueezeMyLemon

And as for the question, "Have you ever loved a woman?"

I have to admit that I have and still do, "so much that it is a shame and a sin."

Have you ever loved a Woman


Freddie King: Ain`t No Sunshine When She`s Gone.


Boogie Funk


Freddie King

The above video all come off (I believe) the below DVDs



Freddie King @ wikipedia

Freddie King THE TEXAS CANNONBALL Official fan site.

Freddie King Article @ There1.com

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009


Died March 2009

On April 3 2008 Mel Brown performed on stage with Buddy Guy in Kitchener, Ontario, mesmerizing the crowd. Guy left the stage to Brown to finish the show to a standing ovation.

Blues: A Beautiful Thing

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Sunshine of your Love

By which all other tunes should be judged? Sometimes you just need to be reminded about the class of Ella's voice.