ESSENTIAL LISTENING: Paul Buchanan – Mid Air (Expanded 2CD)

From Newsroom Records, a new 2 CD title consists of the the original 14 track CD plus an additional disc featuring 10 songs, which includes three previously unreleased songs. The limited edition deluxe box set will not be re-pressed. Mid Air is the debut solo album from Paul Buchanan, frontman of the revered and sophisticated […]

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BUDDY GUY: I’ll Play The Blues For You… Live (CD)

  “I didn’t know a Strat could sound like that until I heard Buddy Guy” proclaimed Jeff Beck whose gestures were not alone. Countless accolades from across the music spectrum queue up in honour of the original blues innovator. The likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Wyman, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy […]

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The Mannish Boys Double Dynamite

Who Are The Mannish Boys? Few blues acts have perfected the tricky maneuver of honoring the storied history of the blues, while at the same time keeping the music up-to-date, as admirably as Delta Groove’s The Mannish Boys. It’s a balancing act that they’ve honed over the course of six highly-acclaimed CD releases and countless […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: Muddy Waters – Shook Me – The Chess Masters, Vol. 3, 1958 to 1963 (2CD)

By the time the first tracks on this compilation were recorded, late 1958/early1959, Muddy Waters was a veteran star of Chicago blues. He’d come a long way from his first tentative recordings made for folklorist Alan Lomax 16 years earlier; twelve of his Chess singles had entered the R&B charts, most rising to the Top […]

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Lay It On Down (Jewelcase CD) by Kenny Wayne Shepherd

We are told: Kenny Wayne Shepherd is a five-time GRAMMY® nominated artist who sold millions of albums worldwide This is an essential purchase for KWS fans along with vinyl collectors Kenny Wayne Shepherd will be on the road throughout Europe starting with a festival run in July/August 2017. As a renowned hot-rodder and speed-freak, perhaps […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: John Hiatt, Laura Nyro, John Lee Hooker, Emmylou Harris…. – Newport Folk Festival 1989 (3CD)

The Newport Folk Festival takes place at Fort Adams State Park in Newport Rhode Island, a beautiful setting and a favourite of many acts.  This gem saw stunning performances by John Hiatt, Laura Nyro, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, John Lee Hooker, BB King all captured & broadcast by KGNU-FM. Disc 1 01 Radio Intro [0:48] 02 […]

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“Dust My Broom”: The Story Of A Song

The passionate, hard-driving blues song “Dust My Broom” has been filling dance floors and exhilarating listeners for more than 60 years. The song’s been covered by countless performers – a quick search on youtube turns up versions by Robert Johnson, Elmore James, Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, The Yardbirds, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Winter, Canned Heat, Ike and […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: Pinetop Perkins – Live At Antone’s Vol. 1 (CD)

New West Records reissue a clutch of classic blues albums from the Antone’s Records label.· This remastered album features four unreleased bonus tracks from the original live recording session.· Each package comes in a one of a kind embossed leatherette CD / LP jacket.· The CD booklet and LP insert include original liner notes from […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: A Rhythm & Blues Chronology 1: 1940-1941 (4CD Boxset)

Rhythm and Blues was not generally recognised as a distinct musical genre until the years following the end of World War II. These 4CD sets centred on 1940-1944 attempt to pinpoint records typical of the various strands of music which coalesced into what can now be seen as a historically definable form of black popular […]

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JOHNNY WINTER: Raisin’ Cain (CD)

John Dawson Winter, III, known as Johnny Winter was an American blues guitarist. He was a multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer. Johnny was prominent session man and toured with Muddy Waters. Johnny is the brother of Edgar Winter. Sadly, Johnny passed away in 2014; Raisin Cain on CD. This was originally released in 1980. 1. The […]

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Essential Listening: Texas In My Blues (2CD) by Freddie King

  Ten outstanding performances from the legendary Blues man, known as ‘The Texas Cannonball’. ‘Texas In My blues’ is a high energy performance recorded from some live shows in Texas and Oklahoma, and features cracking versions of Storming Monday and Boogie Chillun. Now re-packaged complete with a bonus disc of instrumental songs, previously known as […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: Stevie Ray Vaughan – A Legend In The Making – Live at El Mocamba (Limited U.S. Black Friday RSD Colour Vinyl 2LP)

Available For The First Time on Vinyl, Live At The El Mocambo, The Complete Concert on 2 LPs. Pressed on Grey and White vinyl. 1. Testify 2. So Excited 3. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) 4. Pride and Joy 5. Tell Me 6. Mary Had a Little Lamb 7. Texas Flood 8. Love Struck Baby 9. […]

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How to Appreciate the Blues

Have you heard live blues music at an outdoor bluesfest or at an inside venue? Have you caught some blues on the radio? Has your favorite rock artist mentioned his or her blues influences? Here are some steps to learn how to appreciate the blues: Please click HERE to continue

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: Hot Tuna – Live At The Fillmore West 3rd July 1971 (2CD)

‘The telepathic interplay between Jorma and Jack is always fascinating and Papa John Creach’s violin and Sammy Piazza’s tasteful drumming adds a distinct new flavor to the proceedings… Everything here compares favorably to the released versions, and many surpass them in both length and intensity’ – www.concertvault.com Disc 1 1.       That’ll Never Happen No More […]

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ESSENTIAL LISTENING: Live 1971 (CD) by Mississippi Fred McDowell

“I Don’t Play No Rock & Roll” Fred McDowell famously said, but many Rock &Rollers play Fred’s music. His bottleneck guitar playing is essential to the blues genre and has influenced countless players. Fred was an originator of a style called North Mississippi Blues or Hill Country Blues. The style has been carried on by […]

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Essential Listening: B.B. King – The Life Of Riley (2CD)

BB King-The Life Of Riley is powerful, insightful and heart-warming feature documentary about legendary Blues man, BB King. Narrated by Morgan Freeman and featuring contributions by, amongst others, Eric Clapton, Bono, Ringo Starr, Carlos Santana, Slash, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Bruce Willis. In order to create as insightful a film […]

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