What is the Chicago Blues Style?

by Reverend Keith A. Gordon Updated February 12, 2017 When American became embroiled in World War II, it served to increase the exodus of African-Americans from the Southern states northward to cities like St. Louis, Detroit, and Chicago. Former sharecroppers were moving out of the rural areas of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia to find jobs […]

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DEBATE: Old 70’s vinyl

Just spend an evening trawling through some of my old vinyl I rescued from the loft. A lot of 70’s stuff that I found absolutely incredible to listen to; crackles and all. All analogue from master tape through to my speakers…wonderful. I think my ears have been ‘detuned’ by digital over the last 30 years […]

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ROBERT CRAY: The Redux Club, Dallas Tx.Jan 21st 1987 (CD) by Robert Cray w/ special guest Stevie Ray Vaughan

Smokin’ set from Club Redux, Dallas, Texas, Broadcast live by Q-102 FM. Riding high on the success of this Grammy Award winning 4th album ‘Strong Persuader’ Cray is joined by Stevie Ray Vaughan for a stunning Strat duel finale. U.S.FM Radio Broadcast 01 I Guess I Showed Her 02 Still Around 03 T-Bone Shuffle 04 […]

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Aretha Franklin – The Atlantic Albums Collection (19CD Box Set)

From humble beginnings touring American churches in her father’s caravan, Aretha Franklin has since been crowned the ‘Queen of Soul’ and is not only the definitive female soul singer of the Sixties, but also one of the most influential and important voices in pop history. Franklin fused the gospel music she grew up on with […]

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Six Overlooked Blues-Rock Guitarists

Reverend Keith A. Gordon / ThoughtCo writes: Let be honest here, shall we? Blues-rock fretburners like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan typically receive all the love while other talented guitarists are too often forced to wait in line to gather up whatever crumbs of critical acclaim remain. These skilled musicians bring plenty […]

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Henry Gray – How Could You Do It

Henry Gray was raised outside of Batton Rouge, Louisiana but made his mark on blues music history from 1946 through 1969 when he was one of Chicago’s most respected old-school blues pianists. A longtime member of Howlin’ Wolf’s band, Gray also recorded or performed with Jimmy Rogers, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, […]

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ELMORE JAMES: A very useful mini-biography

Not my words, but …….. “No two ways about it, the most influential slide guitarist of the postwar period was Elmore James, hands down. Although his early demise from heart failure kept him from enjoying the fruits of the ’60s blues revival as his contemporaries Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf did, James left a ……..” […]

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