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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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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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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BLUES: The 47 Best Blues Songs Of All Time

The great blues artists talked, the savviest rockers listened. Without the blues there’d be no rock’n’roll, but certain tracks were especially pivotal. Either they were famously covered, or the licks got borrowed, or they schooled the rockers in style and attitude. Many of the most influential blues songs reverberate to this day, and a few […]

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ETTA JAMES: New post

  “In our latest visit to Rock’s Backpages – the world’s leading archive of vintage music journalism – we bring you an interview with the late Etta James, by Cliff White for NME in 1978” “Thanksgiving Day in November will be my silver anniversary: 25 years since I cut my first record and I haven’t […]

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From the archives / Dear diary – Borders bargains, The Temptations, valves and ribbons in perfect harmony, no new Buddy Guy and just too many magazines!

An unexpected pleasure this weekend! Found time to sit and listen to music, and to start making inroads into an ever increasing pile of magazines. Record Collector magazine, music mags (Mojo and Uncut), science mags (Focus), car magazines, New Statesman, Spectator and more. Come to the conclusion yet again I’m a magazine junkie. Reflect on […]

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A SHOT IN THE DARK: Nashville Jumps – Blues & Rhythm On Nashville’s Independent Labels (8CD+Book Boxset)

Early blues and R&B recorded in Nashville, Music City USA. Original recordings made for BULLET RECORDS, TENNESSEE and REPUBLIC RECORDS, EXCELLO and NASHBORO RECORDS, a.o. Members of Nashville’s vibrant black music scene including Cecil Gant, Wynonie Harris, B.B. King, Christine Kittrell, Don Q. Pullen, and Louis Brooks, a.m.o. are all presented here.In the accompanying book, Martin […]

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LIVE: Howard Popeck wonders if audience expectations are realistic, unrealistic, reasonable or unreasonable?

Me, as part of an audience: I’m not talking here about the performer turning up on time, or indeed not turning up at all. Actually what I have in mind is more prosaic than that! I tend wherever and whenever possible to attend live music. Among many other genres such as classical, folk-rock and grunge […]

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JOHN MAYALL: News

Hmm. Interesting. JM’s music, although generally categorized as Blues is within that genre pretty variable in terms of interpretation. To me, some of his stuff verges into jazz areas I don’t particularly like. I’m pretty much a novice here myself incidentally. However here are the 3 which I really like: The Turning Point (1969) Bluesbreakers […]

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JOHNNY WINTER: My Father’s Place, Old Roslyn, NY, September 8th 1978 (3CD)

Taped for New York’s WLIR-FM just after the release of the classic White, Hot & Blue album, this epic performance captures the Texan blues great on fiery form, backed by new cohorts Jon Paris (bass, harmonica, vocals) and Bobby Torello (drums). Despite – or because of – being drunk, Winter turns in remarkably extended performances […]

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PAUL BUTTERFIELD: Live New York 1970 (2CD)

  In the sixties when ELEKTRA RECORDS was the go-to label for the coolest releases around (THE DOORS,LOVE, etc.), PAUL BUTTERFIELD recorded three albums including the classic ‘East West’.Featured on the album is DAVID SANBORN on auto saxophone, along with TREVOR LAWRENCE, GENEDINWIDDIE, and STEVE MADAIO, completing the brass section with RALPH WALSH on guitar.This […]

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