Articles tagged blues

Being Human: Rag’n'Bone Man and the Authenticities of Voice

Human fits alongside the works of Alabama Shakes and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, but can Rag'n'Bone Man's distinctive gospel-blues voice find a place on the American charts?

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Jesse Ed Davis: Red Dirt Boogie - The Atco Recordings 1970-1972

A tight musical structure itself was considered uncool when being free was the highest value. The 19 tracks on this anthology embody this type of loose approach.

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Eilen Jewell - “Down Hearted Blues” (audio) (premiere)

Americana's Eilen Jewell realizes a life long dream with her new blues album and a kicking title track.

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Various Artists: Rough Guide to Ragtime Blues

Listeners looking for an entryway to this early offshoot of the blues, or anyone curious about the roots and influences of Jack White and Pokey LaFarge, would do well with this compilation.

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2 Aug 2017 // 9:15 AM

John Mayer and the Nothing Search

John Mayer wants to sell out and still retain his street cred, a foolhardy goal that you must at least credit him for trying.

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Rev. Sekou: In Times Like These

A blistering batch of gospel blues, In Times Like These offers up social and political sentiments more relevant now perhaps than ever from that rare artist who truly practices what he preaches.

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Various Artists: American Epic - The Collection

Think of American Epic: The Collection as a newly definitive survey that captures the fullness of rural American music recorded during the 1920s.

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Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm: Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm

Robert Cray teams up with Memphis's Hi Rhythm for a supergroup album with no pretensions and all soul.

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Garland Jeffreys: 14 Steps to Harlem

There are two types of music fans: people who love Garland Jeffreys and people who've never heard of him. His latest album is proof that the legendary artist still has a lot of great music left.

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The Dustbowl Revival - “Call My Name” (audio) (premiere)

The Dustbowl Revival adds a serious dose of soul and funk to their wide-ranging American roots music as one can hear on their new song, "Call My Name".

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Jug Band Blues

Full of surprises, this lively anthology explores a sometimes under-appreciated genre of early-recorded blues, highlighting its creative diversity.

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Digging the Earth: Michael J. Sheehy on Music, Politics and Personal History

Miraculous Mule introduces politics into their poisonous melodrama on their latest album and frontman Michael J. Sheehy shares his greatest musical inspirations.

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John Lee Hooker: Whiskey & Wimmen - John Lee Hooker’s Finest

Adding to an already voluminous catalog of John Lee Hooker compilations, Whiskey & Wimmen offers up still more of the same without anything new to say.

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Luther Dickinson - “Moanin’ at Midnight” (audio) (premiere)

North Mississippi Allstars' Luther Dickinson co-produced a tribute to Sun Records and here is his take on the Howlin' Wolf classic, "Moanin' at Midnight.

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Contrary to Popular Belief, the Blues Were Not Born on the Mississippi Delta

Historians Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff debunk myths about the origins of blues music, locating them not in the Mississippi Delta but in southern black vaudeville.

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‘American Epic’ on PBS Explores Radio’s Effect on the Record Business in Mid-1920s

“Radio did ruin the record business at that time [mid-1920s], because people could now get music for free,” says producer T Bone Burnett.

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Jake La Botz - “Hobo on a Passenger Train” (audio) (premiere)

Jake La Botz offers up his latest single from one of the year's best Americana albums, Sunnyside.

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Gary Clark Jr.: Live/North America 2016

Gary Clark Jr. continually sharpens the core of what he does without losing the musical curiosity that makes him an engaging artist.

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Person You’d Be Proud of: An Interview With Cataldo

Time to put away the Ben Gibbard comparisons, even as Gibbard himself ended up DJ'ing the record release party for Cataldo's fifth indie-pop opus.

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14 Apr 2017 // 8:56 AM

Tamikrest: Kidal

Desert struggles make for purposeful rock and roll on Tamikrest's latest album of Saharan desert blues.

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