A Short, Sad History of the Blues

by Bob Strauss Updated September 13, 2017 The musical genre known as the blues is difficult to define, but you know it when you hear it: a simple chord progression, a deep bass line, and lyrics that evoke wisdom, sadness, and resignation. A “standard” blues is twelve bars long: lyrics are repeated twice in the opening […]

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Old 70’s vinyl – any point?

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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Warren Haynes / Roy Buchanan

Bundle includes two limited edtion live radio broadcasts, as follows: Live from Emerson College, (Boston, Ma. 29th Nov 1993 – Wers-FM Broadcast)  by Warren Haynes Best known as longtime guitarist with The Allman Brothers Band and Gov’t Mule, this performance sees Warren Haynes promoting his just released, Chuck Leavell produced debut album ‘Tales of Ordinary […]

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MICHAEL MESSER: Slide guitarist, singer and songwriter interview

From our archives ….. “Michael Messer recently toured the UK with Louisiana Red  – “A collaboration of two great musicians from totally different backgrounds, brought together through a passion for playing blues slide guitar and many years of mutual admiration for each others’ work”. I had the privilege of interviewing Michael on tour at Bury […]

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WALTER TROUT: Luther’s Blues (CD)

We are told: OVERVIEW: Walter Trout’s backstory is a page-turner you won’t want to put down. Five decades in the making; it is equal parts thriller, romance, suspense and horror. There are musical fireworks, critical acclaim and fists-aloft triumph, offset by wilderness years and brushes with the jaws of narcotic oblivion. There are feted early stints […]

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PETER GREEN: Blues Don’t Change (CD) by Peter Green Splinter Group

Peter Green was discovered by John Mayall and was lead guitarist in the late 60’s Bluesbreakers before leaving to form Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac with Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. After well documented health problems, Green reappeared in the mid 90’s, much changed but with his talent and love of the blues still intact, as […]

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Bonnie Rait – Dig In Deep (CD)

The record follows Bonnie’s hugely successful 2012 release ‘Slipstream’, which was one of the best-selling independent albums of 2012 and earned Bonnie a GRAMMY for Best Americana Album — her tenth career GRAMMY win. Now, with ‘Dig In Deep’, Raitt returns with her characteristic, incomparable blend of blues, rock, R&B, and pop, and a healthy dose of the signature slide […]

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Lightnin Hopkins – Texas Blues Giant

  Dave Thomas writes: A 3 disc set. 82 tracks in all. No information other than track listings on my copy – but with a beautiful wood-cut of Lightning on the paper slip-case. (£7.99 from Amazon) Playing these CDs I realised that I’d first heard some of these tracks fifty years ago on the LP […]

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JUNIOR PARKER: New release – Like It Is / Honey-Drippin’ Blues (CD)

  They tell us ….. Junior Parker’s two albums for Mercury Records, dating from 1967 and 1969 Parker’s driving blues made him a force to be reckoned with, with his distinctive vocals and harmonica style Sadly he was cut down in his prime, dying during surgery for a brain tumour in 1971 Digitally remastered and […]

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ERIC BIBB: The relationship between the blues and Los Angeles:

Brilliant blues artist Eric Bibb carries the experiences of performing with Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt, Tommy Sims (Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, Eric Clapton), of touring with Ray Charles, John Mayal and Robert Cray. Bibb received honors twice for “Acoustic Album of the Year” at the Blues Music Awards (2006 & 2008). Best yet, he keeps growing and developing, as […]

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JOHN MAYALL: Talk About That (CD)

They tell us ….. Iconic musician and Blues Hall of Fame member John Mayall releases his latest CD, Talk About That. Joining Mayall (vocals, keyboards, harmonica and guitar) and Greg Rzab (bass), Jay Davenport (drums) and Rocky Athas (guitar) as special guest is legendary guitarist Joe Walsh, who plays on two tracks, “The Devil Must […]

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CHAMPION JACK DUPREE:Live At Rockpalast – Cologne 1980 (2CD+DVD)

We are told ….. In 1959, former boxing Champion Jack Duprée bid his farewell to the US and settled in Europe where he toured and recorded constantly. One of the highlights in Duprée’s career was his appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1971. His live shows were a mixture of barrelhouse blues and boogie, […]

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Woodstock Revival, 10 Year Anniversary Festival 1979 on 8th September 1979.(CD) by Johnny Winter

We are told …..   Johnny Winter, live at Woodstock Revival, 10 Year Anniversary Festival 1979 on 8th September 1979. There have been several high profile anniversary reunions for Woodstock 10, 25 and 30 years after this iconic event first took place, but one of the most interesting occurred when many of the original musicians […]

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The Real Chicago Blues

  Blue Chicago offers a revealing look at an important part of Chicago life. David Grazian spent lots of time in blues clubs all over the city, schmoozing with musicians, bartenders, club owners, and audiences, sometimes even taking the stage himself. What he uncovers is how people involved with the Chicago blues scene define the blues […]

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