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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Blues Styles: Mississippi Delta Blues

by Reverend Keith A. Gordon Updated July 23, 2017 Perhaps the most influential of the many styles of blues music, Mississippi Delta blues, also called Delta blues, rose out of the fertile agricultural triangle located between Vicksburg, Mississippi, to the south and Memphis, Tennessee, to the north, and bordered by the Mississippi River to the […]

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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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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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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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The Six Most 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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Bo Diddley and Ron Wood – Live At The Ritz (DVD)

“In one thrilling 1987 concert, two mighty icons of blues and rock: Bo Diddley and Ron Wood. The two men work out here on a riveting set, combining Bo Diddley’s signature songs – ‘Bo Diddley’ and ‘I’m A Man’ among them – with songs from Ron Wood’s long career as a rocker: ‘Plynth,’ ‘Outlaws,’ ‘Honky […]

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SEASICK STEVE: Interview

Kicked out of his family home at the age of 14, Steve became a genuine hobo, hopping freights all over America. Always travelling with his guitar – having been taught a few chords as a kid by Delta bluesman KC Douglas, an old pal of the legendary Tommy Johnson – in the ’60s he began to play at […]

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