BLUES MUSIC: Were Robert Johnson’s Original 78 RPM Recordings Sped Up?

Writing the liner notes for the Columbia/Legacy single-CD anthology Robert Johnson: King of the Delta Blueswas a great pleasure, since I’ve loved and admired Johnson’s music since the 1960s. I’ve listened to Robert Johnson so much – along with his contemporaries Son House, Willie Brown, and others – that this music feels ingrained on my soul. Recently […]

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BEN ANDREWS: Brilliant Blues Musician

  Whilst looking on American sites to see if Ben had started recording again, the first listing that came up was this  http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/…9EE_story.html from the Washington Post to say I’m totally gutted would be a massive under statement. Ben was imo the last of the Great Blues singer/ players, his stile of picking was unique. […]

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TOM JONES / RONNIE WOOD: interview: Why everyone’s still singing the blues

From the archives Neil McCormick: In a dingy, crowded rehearsal studio in north London, Sir Tom Jones sits on a high stool, facing his five-piece band as they come to the rumbling end of another song. “Sounds a bit timid to me,” says the grey-haired, grey-bearded, deeply tanned 72-year-old veteran. “Let’s do it again.” A […]

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Eddie Boyd – 7936 South Rhodes (Vinyl 180g LP)

  Blues pianist Eddie Boyd’s 7936 South Rhodes was recorded in London in January 1968 with three members of the early lineup of Fleetwood Mac: Peter Green (guitar), John McVie (bass), and Mick Fleetwood(drums). It’s a tantalizing setting for Boyd’s straight up Chicago piano Blues, going heavier on the slow-to-mid-tempo numbers than the high-spirited ones. […]

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TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND: Let Me Get By (Limited Deluxe 2CD)

Let Me Get By is the third studio album from Tedeschi Trucks Band, featuring ten new, original songs that stand together as a testament to the spirit and commitment of the tightly-knit 12-member ensemble. Driven by Susan’s soaring, spiritually charged vocals and Derek’s masterfully lyrical slide-guitar, the band’s musical talents are on display in full […]

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ELMORE JAMES: Blues After Hours (Vinyl LP)

We are told ….. Compiling singles originally released on the Flair label (a subsidiary of the legendary Modern label, known for making a star out of B.B. King, among others), this 1960 LP was released only two years before the death of electric bluesman Elmore James. One of the most important and influential slide guitarists […]

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