BLUES: An interview with David Grazian author of Blue Chicago: The Search for Authenticity in Urban Blues Clubs

Question: The blues weren’t invented in Chicago, but they were certainly shaped here: urbanized, electrified, and set to a danceable beat. Suppose I want to hear the real stuff, some authentic Chicago blues, and I go to a local blues club. What will I find there? David Grazian: Nowadays a lot of Chicago blues clubs […]

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BEATLES: If they couldn’t read music, how did they write down the songs and notes they composed for them to remember and for others to play?

They didn’t write them down at all. They remembered them. In their early years, Lennon and McCartney wrote songs together and one of their rules was that if they wrote a song but then couldn’t remember how it went, they’d junk it. Since they were trying to write songs that were catchy, this rule worked […]

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BLUES: This week’s office playlist

The Black Keys – Coal Black MattieGary Primich – Bad Poker HandR.L Burnside – See What My Buddy DoneOli Brown – Thinking About HerBywater Call – Over & Over Dr. Feelgood – RoxetteThe Rats – I Feel FreeJoe Bonamassa – Lookout ManSuperdownhome – Can’t Sweep AwayMarc Ford & The Neptune Blues Club – Arkansas Gas CardNine […]

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P-A-U-L Lamb – the drinks are on him again

His name took up quite a bit of the interview, for his band is P-A-U-L Lamb and the Detroit Breakdown, which would get even longer if you used the names behind those initials – Paul Andrew Ulysses Lamb. This is at least the sixth year Paul has brought his Detroit Blues-Rock to the UK, and […]

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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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