Saturday, April 30, 2011

Groove EPK

Looking forward to a copy to review. Initially looks very promising.

The Junkmans Son

New DVD out. I was just made aware of this... watch the trailer. It looks very good. Hope to have an interview with Johnny Childs soon!

Meet Yonah Krohn, a.k.a. Johnny Childs. He's handsome, funny, shrewd, crude and maybe even slightly demented. But no doubt he is one sensational blues artist who has even been likened to a Picasso of the genre. Most importantly Johnny is one of the most determined human beings of our generation. So determined, that within six months, [before the day he turns 30] he's going to get signed to a major Blues record label, against all odds and by any means necessary. And shortly thereafter he will go on to win the "W.C. Handy Award" for "Best New Blues Artist of the Year",

...Or so he hopes.

Along the journey into Johnny Childs’ world, we begin to understand the incredible personal history that fuels his tremendous musical passion. Eight years in the making, and culminated from over 200 hours of footage and other media, this film follows Johnny as a 12 year old runaway, through his restrictive Ultra-Orthodox Jewish upbringing in Toronto, dealing cocaine in Miami and a strange but spirited journey thru Boston, Jerusalem, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Ultimately, THE JUNKMAN'S SON is a candid, off the wall story about human determination and a portrayal of passion, excess, risk-taking, fame and the pursuit of one's own personal happiness.

Stack O'Lee - Peter Lang

Guitar virtuoso Peter Lang plays WC Handys Stack O'Lee.

Peter Lang was discovered in 1972 by legendary guitarist John Fahey. Lang's first solo album, entitled The Thing at the Nursery Room Window, was released in 1972. Along with Lang, Fahey launched the careers of other notable artists on Takoma Records, including Kottke, George Winston, Robbie Basho, Bola Sete and others. Peter Lang toured, and recorded for nearly ten years, developing a reputation as one of the nation's top acoustic players. In the 70's he was in good company, having recorded or performed with Ry Cooder, John Fahey, Jerry Garcia, Chet Atkins, John Hartford, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Emmylou Harris, Leo Kottke, Freddie King, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, John Hammond, Keith Jarrett, Phoebe Snow, Maria Muldaur, The Yellowjackets, Robben Ford, and many others.
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Tribute to Elmore

I'm sure that Derek Trucks and Bob Margolin need no introduction. It's great to see them play a fine tribute to Elmore James.

Walkin Blues

Do Irish get the blues. Damn right they do. Does Rory Gallagher ever play acoustic guitar or does he have to have his strat.... see for yourself!

Ball and Chain

Janis Joplin with Big Brother... not the best musicians but this cut always gives me shivers. Janis has the blues. James Gurley is making ungodly sounds on his guitar. Absolutely magnificant!
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Tobacco Road - Animals

Eric Burdon and the Animals... another British band bringing the blues to America.
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Wang Dang Doodle

Believe me, Koko Taylor and Little Walter GOT THE BLUES!

Yes...that's Hound Dog Taylor on guitar!
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Wang Dang Doodle - PJ Harvey

Does PJ Harvey Have the Blues?

Polly Jean Harvey (born 9 October 1969) is an English musician and singer-songwriter. She was raised in Corscombe, Dorset and Yeovil, Somerset. Her parents were both fans of American blues music. Their record collection exposed Harvey not only to the blues but also to Captain Beefheart, which would both become major influences on Harvey’s own musical style.

Harvey is primarily a vocalist and guitarist, but is also proficient with a wide range of instruments including piano, organ, bass, saxophone, and autoharp. She began her professional career in the early 1990s by forming a band she named PJ Harvey. She recorded her first two albums with this trio, and when they broke up she continued as a solo artist. Since 1995 she has recorded her albums with various musicians including John Parish, Rob Ellis, Mick Harvey, and Eric Drew Feldman. She has also worked extensively with the producer Flood.

Musically, Harvey dislikes repeating herself, resulting in albums that can sound different from one to the next. She has experimented with such diverse musical styles as rock, pop, electronica, and folk. She is also known for changing her appearance from album to album by altering her mode of dress or hairstyle. Each look is then incorporated into the album's artwork, music videos, and live performances. She often works closely with friend and photographer Maria Mochnacz in developing the visual style of each album.

Among the accolades she has received have been the 2001 Mercury Prize (for 2000's Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea), seven BRIT Award nominations, five Grammy Award nominations and two further Mercury Prize nominations. Rolling Stone named her 1992's Best New Artist and Best Singer Songwriter and 1995's Artist of the Year, and placed two of her albums (Rid of Me, To Bring You My Love) on its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. She was also rated the number one female rock artist by Q magazine in a 2002 reader poll and was awarded Outstanding Contribution To Music at the 2011 NME Awards.
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Tech Talk - Masco MU-5

Older tube amps made in the 40's and 50's make terrific blues guitar and harmonica amps. This is a great review of the kind of sound you can expect from a Masco MU-5.


Country: United States of America (USA)
Manufacturer/Brand: Masco Mark Simpson Company Inc., Long Island

Year: 1948 ? Type: Audio Amplifier
Valves / Tubes 3: 6SL7GT 6V6GT 5Y3GT
Principle Audio-Amplification
Wave bands - without
Power type and voltage Alternating Current supply (AC) / 110-130 Volt
Loudspeaker Permanent Magnet Dynamic (PDyn) Loudspeaker (moving coil) / Ø 8 inch = 20.3 cm
Power out 4.5 W
from Model: MU5
Material Leather / canvas / plastic - over other material
Shape Tablemodel, Tombstone = decorative upright, not cathedral but can have rounded edges.
Dimensions (WHD) 350 x 250 x 180 mm / 13.8 x 9.8 x 7.1 inch

Dust My Broom

Anyone who has ever played slide guitar has played a tribute to Elmore James. Fleetwood Mac was one of the original British bands to exposure America to the Blues acknowledging it and promoting it. I haven't found any footage of Elmo, but there are plenty of bands to play his songs and his style. Keep listening...and thanks Elmo!

As the Years Go Passing By

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Healey was raised in the city's west end. He was adopted as an infant;[1] his adoptive father was a firefighter. When he was eight months old, Healey lost his sight to retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eyes. His eyes had to be surgically removed, and he was given artificial replacements. After being signed to Arista Records in 1988, the band released the album See the Light, featuring the hit single "Angel Eyes" and the song "Hideaway", which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. While the band was recording See the Light, they were also filming (and recording for the soundtrack of) the Patrick Swayze film Road House. Healey had numerous acting scenes in the movie with Swayze, as his band was the house cover band for the bar featured in the movie. In 1990, the band won the Juno Award for Canadian Entertainer of the Year. The albums Hell to Pay and Feel This gave Healey 10 charting singles in Canada between 1990 and 1994, including a cover of The Beatles' While My Guitar Gently Weeps which featured George Harrison and Jeff Lynne on backing vocals and acoustic guitar.

On January 11, 2007, Healey underwent surgery to remove metastatic tissue from both lungs. In the previous eighteen months, he had two sarcomas removed from his legs.[4]

On March 2, 2008, Healey died of cancer[5] at St. Joseph's Health Centre in his home town of Toronto.[6] His death came a month before the release of Mess of Blues, which was his first rock/blues album in eight years.[7]

Healey is survived by his wife, Cristie, and two children.[8] A tribute concert was held on May 3, 2008 to benefit Daisy's Eye Cancer Fund, which, according to Cristie Healey, had helped make major strides in research and future advances for people born with the same genetically inherited retinoblastoma[9] which had plagued her husband since he was one year of age. Cristie and Jeff Healey's son was also born with the same disability.[10]

In 2009, he was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame.
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Little Brown Bird - Elvin Bishop

I think I warned you I love Elvin Bishop. If you haven't had the chance...see him!
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Outside Woman Blues

I saw these guys ...I think on SPIKE Tv. They have a good groove here doing a traditional blues song via Cream arrangement.Back Door Slam is the name of the blues rock band started by Davy Knowles on the Isle of Man in 2003/4. The band got its name from a Robert Cray song of the same name. Originally a four piece, with Castle Rushen High School friends Jamie Armstrong (bass guitar), Ross Doyle (drums) and Brian Garvey (rhythm guitar), the band was torn apart in 2004 when Brian was killed in a car accident along with their close friend Richie Brookes.

Deciding to carry on in Brian's memory, Davy, Jamie and Ross reformed the band, with Davy writing the emotional tribute to his friend & former bandmate, 'Stay', which was later to appear on a rare EP and on their debut album Roll Away. The trio recorded two EPs togethers, and played hundreds of gigs on their native Isle of Man before moving to London to live with Davy's manager, Bob Miller (Corinne Bailey Rae, Christine Collister). After a handful of gigs in the UK, Jamie decided to pursue a career in music production and left the band to go to University.

In 2007, with a spot secured at the SXSW Festival in Texas, Davy and Ross recruited former schoolmate Adam Jones to replace Jamie on bass. Adam joined Back Door Slam for what turned out to be two extensive tours of the US lasting until January 2009.

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Cried a Million Tears

Morgan was born in Dallas, but grew up in Hillsboro, Texas.[2] He received his first guitar at an early age, and initially concentrated on playing rock music. In 1985 he converted to blues and blues-rock, before relocating back to Dallas in 1986. There he met Darrell Nulisch, who both were founding members of The Crawl. The group was named for a Lonnie Brooks song.[1]

Mike Morgan and the Crawl earned a reputation playing around Dallas and the Fort Worth area, before Nulisch left them in 1989, to be replaced by the singer and harmonica player, Lee McBee. Following a performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, their debut 1990 album, Raw & Ready, saw them undertake national and international tours. Further albums including Full Moon Over Dallas, and Ain't Worried No More ensued, before Morgan recorded without his backing group on Let The Dogs Run (1994) with Jim Suhler. In 1994 Mike Morgan and the Crawl appeared on the bill at the Notodden Blues Festival. Later group releases included their Black Top swansong, I Like the Way You Work It, but at the end of the 1990s McBee left the band. Buoyed by the experience of playing behind Nulisch, Keith Dunn, and Chris Whynaught, 2000's Texas Man saw Morgan's vocalist debut. Live in Dallas (2004) followed before Morgan's latest effort, Stronger Every Day, released in March 2008, included further accompaniment from McBee and Randy McAllister.

Hobo Blues Updated

This is one of the few updated versions of John Lee Hooker that pays respect to his real person. It is performed with Ry Cooder. Must I say more!

Girl Who Wept Stones - Dege Legg

Dege Legg (Dobro bio): Writing in the old, haunted tradition of slide-blues greats, writer/musician Dege Legg breathes new life in the Delta Blues genre, not by imitation, but by infusing original songs with his experience of growing up in the Deep South—young, white, alienated, freak-in-the-country-style. With Robert-Johnson-on-Thorazine-style slide work paired with Middle-East-Meets-South melodies, a mindblowing new take on an old tradition emerges—one that is surreal, warped, odd, and droning, but also firmly rooted in the troubled and death-obsessed masters of old. Dege adamantly avoids the flashy, purist, mid-life-crisis white-guy school of slide playing—with its hokey attempts at singing about country living and faux cottonpicking. Instead you hear battered tales of apocalyptic prophesies, endless darkness, yearning stoners, backwoods drugs, hallucinatory angels, burning barns, junkyards, and the floating ghosts of the Deep South. All of it is told in an honest voice by one who lived through it, born and raised Cajun in small-town southern Louisiana. This is the new real Delta Blues. New All-Slide CD coming in ‘08.

Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong

This is a really great song first introduced to me by Mike Bloomfield on Super Sessions. Check out T-Bone... but don't miss Mike Bloomfield. They both got something to say!

I Can't Quit You Baby - Otis Rush

Otis Rush (born April 29, 1935 in Philadelphia, Mississippi) is a blues musician, singer and guitarist. His distinctive guitar style features a slow burning sound and long bent notes. With similar qualities to Magic Sam and Buddy Guy, his sound became known as West Side Chicago blues and became an influence on many musicians including Michael Bloomfield and Eric Clapton.

Rush is left-handed and, unlike many other left-handed guitarists, plays a left-handed instrument strung upside-down with the low E string at the bottom. He played often with the little finger of his pick hand curled under the low E for positioning. It is widely believed that this contributes to his distinctive sound. Other guitarists who restrung upside down include Albert King, Doyle Bramhall II, and Dick Dale. He has a wide-ranging, powerful tenor voice.
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I Ain't the One

Lynyrd Skynyrd was known as a southern rock band but they were definitely heavily infulenced by the blues (ie Ballad of Curtis Loew). Their music has become an anthem for southern rock through their hit single "Sweet Home Alabama" but as is usually the case, the best music sinks to the bottom. This is one that deserves a good listen,,,and with the original lineup.

Craza Mama

JJ Cale wrote a lot of the "contemporary" blues songs made popular by Eric Clapton such as After Midnight and Cocaine, Bringin it Back by Kansas, Call Me the Breeze by Lynyrd Skynyrd as well as others. Here's JJ Cale doing one of my favorites... also check out Magnolia.

Marijuana Blues- Muddy Waters

Among Muddy Waters famous songs was the Marijuana blues. Pretty daring for his time.
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Friday, April 29, 2011

Mr. Downchild - Robert Junior Lockwood

Robert Lockwood Jr. was born March 27, 1915 in Turkey Scratch, Arkansas, a farming hamlet about 25 miles west of Helena. 1915 was remarkable because several other monumental blues artists were born within a 100-mile radius that year; notably Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Little Walter Jacobs, Memphis Slim, Johnny Shines, and Honeyboy Edwards. They would all meet up in the future.

His first musical lessons were on the family pump organ. He learned the guitar, at age eleven, from Robert Johnson, the mysterious delta bluesman, who was living with his mother. From Johnson, Lockwood learned chords, timing, and stage presence. By the age of fifteen, Robert was playing professionally, often with Johnson; sometimes with Johnny Shines or Rice Miller, who would soon be calling himself Sonny Boy Williamson II. They would play fish fries, juke joints, and street corners. Once Johnson played one side of the Sunflower River, while Lockwood manned the other bank. The people of Clarksville, Mississippi were milling around the bridge; they couldn’t tell which guitarist was Robert Johnson. Young Lockwood had learned Johnson’s techniques very well.

Johnson’s fast lifestyle caught up with him, passing away in 1937. Lockwood was 22 but prepared for the future.

Lockwood’s first recordings came in 1941, with Doc Clayton, on his famous Bluebird Sessions in Aurora, Illinois. During these sessions, he cut four singles under his own name. These were the first incarnations of “Take A Little Walk with Me”, and “Little Boy Blue,” Lockwood staples sixty years later.

Later in 1941, Lockwood was back in Arkansas where he re-united with Sonny Boy II to host a live radio program broadcast at noon from KFFA in Helena, sponsored by the King Biscuit Flower Company. James “Peck” Curtis and Dudlow Taylor provided the rhythm. This show became a cultural phenomenon; everybody would listen during his or her lunch hour. Several generations of southern bluesman can trace their musical roots to the show.

Lockwood moved around, the usual route was Memphis, St. Louis, to Chicago. By the early 1950’s, he had surfaced in the Windy City, where he became the top session man for Chess Records, the epitome of blues labels. Sonny Boy Williamson II, Little Walter, Roosevelt Sykes, Sunnyland Slim, and Eddie Boyd, whom he toured with for six years, you can hear his smooth chords on their recordings.

Blues was giving way to Rock and Roll, even in Chicago, so Lockwood moved to Cleveland, Ohio at the urging of his old pal, Sonny Boy. Settling down and raising a family took priorities but blues was still in his soul, just on the back burner.

In the late 1960s Lockwood would gig all around Cleveland, playing whenever he got the chance. Long-forgotten clubs like Pirates Cove and Brothers Lounge were places where Lockwood taught his blues to generations of local musicians and fans.

Lockwood’s solo recording career, exclusive of the 1941 Bluebird Sessions, began in 1970 with Delmark’s Steady Rollin’ Man, backed by old friends Louis Myers, his brother Dave Myers, and Fred Below, collectively known as The Aces. In 1972, Lockwood hooked up with famed musicologist, Pete Lowry to record Contrasts, the first of two for Trix Records. Does 12 followed in 1975. They have been remastered and repackaged by Fuel 2000 Records.

In the early 1980s Lockwood teamed up with another long-time friend, Johnny Shines, to record three albums for Rounder, which has been comprised into 1999’s Just the Blues. Plays Robert and Robert, a Black and Blue recording of a solo show in Paris in 1982, was re-issued on Evidence in 1993.

From the early 1980s to 1996, there were no domestic Lockwood releases. In 1998, I’ve Got to Find Myself a Woman was released by Verve, gaining a Grammy nomination. This was followed by Telarc’s Delta Crossroads, also a Grammy contender in 2000. In 2001,
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Slow Down

Lenoir's guitar-playing father introduced him to the music of Blind Lemon Jefferson, whose music became a major influence. During the early 1940s, Lenoir worked with blues artists Sonny Boy Williamson II and Elmore James in New Orleans. Lenoir would eventually find musical influence in Arthur Crudup and Lightnin' Hopkins.

In 1949, he moved to Chicago and Big Bill Broonzy helped introduce him to the local blues community. He began to perform at local nightclubs with musicians such as Memphis Minnie, Big Maceo Merriweather, and Muddy Waters, and became an important part of the city's blues scene. He began recording in 1951 the J.O.B. and Chess Records labels. His recording of "Korea Blues" was licensed to and released by Chess, as having been performed by 'J. B. and his Bayou Boys'. His band included pianist Sunnyland Slim, guitarist Leroy Foster, and drummer Alfred Wallace.

During the 1950s Lenoir recorded on various record labels in the Chicago area including J.O.B., Chess, Parrot, and Checker. His more successful songs included "Let's Roll", "The Mojo" featuring saxophonist J. T. Brown, and the controversial "Eisenhower Blues" which his record company, Parrot, forced him to re-record as "Tax Paying Blues."

Lenoir was known in the 1950s for his showmanship - in particular his zebra-patterned costumes - and his high-pitched vocals. He became an influential electric guitarist and songwriter, and his penchant for social commentary distinguished him from many other bluesmen of the time. His most commercially successful and enduring release was "Mamma Talk To Your Daughter", recorded for Parrot in 1954 which reached #11 on the Billboard R&B chart and was later recorded by many other blues and rock musicians. In the later 1950s (recording on the Checker label), he wrote several more blues standards including; "Don't Dog Your Woman", and "Don't Touch My Head".

In 1963, Lenoir recorded for USA Records as 'J. B. Lenoir and his African Hunch Rhythm', developing an interest in African percussion. However, he struggled to work as a professional musician and for a time took menial jobs, including working in the kitchen at the University of Illinois in Champaign.[citation needed] Lenoir was rediscovered by Willie Dixon, who recorded him with drummer Fred Below on the albums Alabama Blues and Down In Mississippi (inspired by the Civil Rights and Free Speech movements). Lenoir toured Europe, and performed in 1965 with the American Folk Blues Festival in the United Kingdom.

Lenoir's work had direct political content relating to racism and the Vietnam War.

Hideaway Smokin!!

In case you want a closeup of you go!!

Hideaway - Johnny Winter

Everyone knows Johnny Winter is the king of modern electric slide guitar. Who would have thought he would be so hot he would burn his amp up right on stage... watch it here!!
Oh...and he doesn't flinch!
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Got My Mojo Working

What a terrific opportunity to see Mud and Sonny Boy Williams on this old film.


I'd Rather Go Blind - Chicken Shack

Webb was born in Fulham, South West London. Playing firstly in skiffle bands, Webb formed the first version of the blues band, Chicken Shack in 1965. The band played in Hamburg, Germany over the next couple of years, as Webb perfected his playing techniques. They signed to the Blue Horizon record label in 1967, where their label mates were the fledgling Fleetwood Mac. The group was then composed of Webb, Christine Perfect, drummer Dave Bidwell, and bassist Andy Sylvester (who would later play with the British blues ensemble, Savoy Brown). Chicken Shack enjoyed their heyday in the mid to late 1960s, when R&B was a popular music form in England. Their music was traditional in make-up, and the group covered a variety of American blues standards, as well as composing several home-spun tunes. Their repertoire included, arguably, their most played track - "I'd Rather Go Blind". This song was originally recorded by Etta James, written by Ellington Jordan and Billy Foster, and became a modern day blues classic.

Chicken Shack are probably most remembered for including Perfect on keyboards and vocals in their line-up. She rose to far greater fame when she later joined Fleetwood Mac becoming Christine McVie after her marriage to the band's bassist, John McVie.

Chicken Shack's line-up has evolved and changed considerably over the years with Webb being the only constant factor. In 2001, Webb released his first solo album for over eight years when Webb appeared on the Indigo Records label.
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Tijuana Bible

Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat have been on the music scene now for over twelve years, and have built a fan base worldwide. They are well known for their "no-holds-barred" approach to blues-inspired rock and roll. Their three Lucky Seven releases have shown an amazing depth of songwriting and playing, and their constant touring in both the USA and Europe has garnered many admirers. Jim is also well known as the lead guitarist for George Thorogood and The Destroyers, and has often been included in "Top Ten Guitarists" lists of various music publications.

Tech Talk Amplification

Jeff Becks tech, Steve Prior talks about Jeffs Gear.

Albert King Live

Albert King is one of great inspiration to many of the guitar players that we know and love. His playing has inspired the likes of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughn amongst many others. blues guitar tutorials

Mean Mistreater- Johnny Winter and Dr John

Johnny Got no lack for the blues. Dr John is an excellent piano player. We'll explore him later.
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Turn To Stone - Joe Walsh

We all know that rock is just "jazzed up" blues. So where is the line? Joe Walsh is a really good guitar player and thins is his blues. Enjoy
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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Am I Losing You - Jan Akkerman

This is a recent piece from Jan Akkerman, famed Dutch guitarist of Focus renown. Akkerman left Focus years ago and developed a more continental style over a number of releases. I think that this is terrific. Is it the blues. Doesn't sound like Robert Johnson but neither does Muddy Waters. I like it.
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Can't See Blues

Another great contemporary blues team that I discovered on the documentary done by Robert Palmer (Deep Blues). These guys are absolutely the real deal. They learned the blues well. The legacy of Robert Johnson and his original style was truly carried out here.
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Let Me Love You Baby - Buddy Guy

Nice old film of Buddy Guy doing a modified version of Let me love you baby. Buddy Guy may be the best entertainer on the planet.

Maggot Brain - Funkadelic

Ok. Now how could a band with the name of Funkadelic possibly play the blues? Ask the 50 or so (at least) bands who have copied it and played it in their sets. Gov't Mule is playing it now. Anyone not think they play the blues? I bring you Funkadelic!

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Another Night To Cry - Lonnie Johnson

Alonzo "Lonnie" Johnson (February 8, 1899 – June 16, 1970) was an American blues and jazz singer/guitarist and songwriter who pioneered the role of jazz guitar and is recognized as the first to play single-string guitar solos. Johnson was not only one of the few black blues musicians invited to be 'guest featured' on a number of jazz recording sessions, he was also one of the only classic 1920's blues artists to have a revived a high-charting career after WWII.

Yes, I believe that is Willie Dixon on Bass.
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Tech Talk Part II

Second installment in an interview with Jeff Beck's guitar tech, Steve Prior describing how the wizard does his magic. A must see for guitar enthusiasts!

Where's Your Heart Gone

Listen Up! This is one of the few great players that you are likely to stand 4 feet away from and watch play the guitar in your face for 2-3 hours with no pretense. He will come to your town, he will be cheap to see, he'll play some little club, he'll shake your hand and he'll sign your cd's. What he won't do is make you wonder why he does this. He loves the blues and he loves to please the crowd. Check out Savoy Brown next time they come to town. You won't be disappointed.
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Double Eyed Whammy- JW-Jones

Here's another great performance from JW Jones Blues Band. Tell us what you think.
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I think when Son House said blues wasn't meant for jumpin he was picturing Ana Popovic. Ana Popović's father first introduced her to the blues, through an extensive record collection and sessions hosted at the family home. Popović founded her first serious band at age nineteen. Within a year, she was playing outside of Yugoslavia and opening shows for American blues icons like Junior Wells. Her band Hush released their debut album, Hometown in 1998. The next year, Popović relocated to the Netherlands to study jazz guitar. She quickly became a fixture on the Dutch blues scene and soon ventured into neighboring Germany. Today Ana and her 4-piece band are booked all over the globe, playing major blues / jazz and rock festivals all over Europe, the US and Canada.

In 2003, she was nominated for a W. C. Handy Award in the United States.
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King Biscuit Festival

Earl collected blues, jazz, rock and soul records while growing up. He studied American History at C.W. Post College on Long Island for a year and a half, then moved to Boston to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education and Education at Boston University where he would graduate in 1975. He spent a short time teaching handicapped children. It was during his college years that he attended a Muddy Waters concert at the Jazz Workshop in Boston. After seeing Waters perform in a close setting, Earl took a serious interest in the guitar, which he had first picked up in 1973. His first job was as a rhythm guitarist at The Speakeasy, a blues club in Cambridge, MA. In addition to playing in the Boston blues scene, Earl traveled twice by Greyhound Bus to Chicago, where he was introduced to the Chicago blues scene by Koko Taylor. Later he would travel down South to New Orleans and Austin Texas, where he would spend time with Kim Wilson, Jimmy Vaughan and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. In 1979 he joined The Roomful of Blues as lead guitarist for the band. It was also around this time that he adopted the last name of "Earl". As he put it, "Muddy Waters would invite me onstage, but he could never say my last name. So because I liked Earl Hooker, I took the last name of "Earl".
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Johnny Copeland

Born in Haynesville, Louisiana, while Copeland was becoming interested in music, he also pursued boxing, mostly as an avocation, and it is from his days as a boxer that he got his nickname "Clyde." Also as a teenager influenced by T-Bone Walker he formed the "Dukes of Rhythm" in Houston, Texas, and made his recording debut in 1956, signing with Duke Records the following year. In his early years he played with such acts as Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Mama Thornton and Freddie King. Although his early records met with little commercial success, he became a popular touring act over the next two decades.

Johnny’s early recording career embraced blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll. He cut singles for Mercury, All Boy and Golden Eagle, among others. His first single was “Rock ‘n’ Roll Lily,” and he later cut regional successes like “Please Let Me Know” and “Down On Bending Knees.” For the most part, his singles featured Johnny as a vocalist more than as a guitar player.

Driven by disco to rethink his future, he moved to New York in 1979 and played extensively in the eastern cities. In 1981 he was signed by Rounder Records, releasing a string of critically acclaimed albums including Copeland Special (1981) and Bringing It All Back Home (1985), and touring widely. Copeland appeared at the 1983 Long Beach Blues Festival, and the 1988 San Francisco Blues Festival. He won a Grammy in 1987 for best traditional blues album for the album Showdown!, recorded with Robert Cray and Albert Collins.

Copeland also played at the 1985 Montreaux Jazz Festival as a special guest with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.

His later years were dogged by ill health due to a congential heart defect. He died, aged 60, in Harlem, New York, from complications during heart surgery for a heart transplanted six months earlier. Copeland was a resident of Teaneck, New Jersey.

His daughter Shemekia established a successful career as a singer. He was also survived by his wife, Ethel Lee Copeland, son Dawrence Clyde Copeland Sr., daughter Sharee Copeland all of Houston, TX and daughter Demetria L. Brown of Corpus Christi, TX.

Car Crazy

Ok. So I'm in a different kind of mood today. If you don't like Jeff Beck (get your head checked) then you're gonna love this. And everyone loves cars. Here is some unusual footage about Jeff beck and his love for American Hot Rods.


Tech Talk

This is part 1 of a two part interview with Steve Prior, Jeff becks long term Guitar Tech. Interested in how the king of sound gets it going....listen up!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Europa - Santana

Is this the blues? This is Carlos Santana at his best. Pre Hype, pre PRS guitars (playing a Yamaha Les Paul knockoff)just choking the life out of his guitar and playing with feeling. Not going through the motions cause it's what the people want to hear. Playing it cause he feels it! Sure there are better quality films... but this is the real deal.

Matte Kudasai - King Crimson

King Crimson? Blues? Remove the name of the band, have Stevie Ray play it in concert and it's taken in totally different context. I have an open mind. Who else does. Son House says the blues got no jumpin'. I know the blues got slide guitar...

Let me know what you think!
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Stop - Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield

Ah Yes!!! Here it is! You gotta check out the disc. It's nice to see these out takes but the cd is the real deal... of particular note are Don't Throw your love on me so strong and No More Lonely Nights.