Live At The Checkboard Lounge: Chicago 1981 (CD/DVD -DVD) by Rolling Stones & Muddy Waters

  On 22nd November 1981, in the middle of their mammoth American tour, the Rolling Stones arrived in Chicago prior to playing 3 nights at the Rosemont Horizon.Long influenced by the Chicago blues, the band paid a visit to Muddy Waters’ club the Checkerboard Lounge to see the legendary bluesman perform. It didn’t take long […]

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PETER GREEN: What should I avoid in his releases?

Well, first off, looking at his Fleetwood Mac career, avoid nothing other than Mr. Wonderful. From his Splinter Group years, most of it is pretty good although the first album, Peter Green’s Splinter Group is a bit weak. Nevertheless everyone was pretty forgiving about this because it was a miracle he could stand on stage, […]

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VAN MORRISON: The triumph of marketing over mediocrity? Part #3 (of 4): Van Morrison. Channa Vithana takes a view, and supplies evidence.

Previously What about Van Morrison? Yes, I think he is a triumph of marketing over mediocrity.Yes, very much so. He’s boring, old and curmudgeonly in a way that has destroyed any semblance of the brilliance from his early years in the dazzling 60s rock & roll group Them. I really liked the sharp, slightly sinister […]

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BLUES MUSIC ON UK TV: First transmitted in 1985, this medley of the blues features Fred McDowell, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Lead Belly and Billie Holiday.

Huddie Ledbetter – better known as ‘Lead Belly’ – performs ‘Pick a Bale of Cotton’, and Billie Holiday accompanied by Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster and Roy Eldridge, performs her own composition ‘Fine and Mellow’ Please click HERE for details

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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, […]

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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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PETER GREEN: Biography

    by Reverend Keith A. Gordon Updated March 08, 2017 If not for the cruel hand of fate, Peter Green (born October 29, 1946 in London England) might today be considered the greatest British blues guitarist, on par with Eric Clapton, instead of the somewhat obscure cult artist he is today. Green’s struggle with […]

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Buddy Guy – ‘I Worry About The Future Of Blues Music’

Buddy Guy is the blues, and he’s our connection to a genre that’s embedded in the history of America. But it’s a sound the guitarist fears is fading. Born and raised in Louisiana without running water or electricity, Guy tells NPR’s David Greene, “They got some mosquitoes in Louisiana that can almost lift you out […]

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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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Early Blues Interview John Anderson, singer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist

I had the pleasure of talking with John Anderson, latterly joined by Alan Draisey, over a jar during their virtuoso performance as The Ragtime Jug Orchestra at the Upton Blues Festival. Alan:   Thank for agreeing to do the interview John.  What are your first musical memories growing up in deepest Gloucestershire? John:   I’m a Londoner […]

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CLIMAX BLUES BAND: FM Live Remastered (CD Slipcased)

Remastered and expanded reissues of the CLIMAX BLUESBAND catalogue, including this newly remastered edition of“FM LIVE”, originally released in 1973. Formed in Staffordin 1968 by Colin Cooper, the band (originally known as theCLIMAX CHICAGO BLUES BAND) recorded their sixth albumin New York City at the Academy of Music with a line up ofCOLIN COOPER (Vocals, […]

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ERIC CLAPTON: JJ Cale got me through my darkest days

Martin Chilton (The Daily Telegraph) writes: Eric Clapton talks about how guitar maestro JJ Cale was his musical ‘beacon’, as he releases a tribute album called The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandpopfeatures/10990285/Eric-Clapton-JJ-Cale-got-me-through-my-darkest-days.html

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