Articles tagged blues

C. Gibbs - “Unchaperoned” (audio) (Premiere)

"Prince meets Crazy Horse" on the latest tune by C. Gibbs (Lucinda Black Bear), "Unchaperoned".

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Billie Holiday: The Centennial Collection

The Centennial Collection serves as a masterful representation of Billie Holiday’s enduring legacy.

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Dave Alvin, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Billy Boy Arnold, Joe Louis Walker: Live in Long Beach 1997

Dave Alvin leaves little doubt about his commitment to the blues.

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18 May 2015 // 8:06 AM

B.B. King Built a Bridge to the Blues for the World

While the white boys went one direction, blues and R&B were experiencing their own revolution through B.B. King and kindred spirits Ike Turner, Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf, who were amplifying and expanding the music.

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Leo Bud Welch: I Don’t Prefer No Blues

On this latest album, Leo Bud Welch makes the blues sound like the future and, at 82 years old, his future is bright.

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Seasick Steve: Sonic Soul Surfer

Seasick Steve shows excellence while away from his comfort zone, but re-re-fried blues is a dead end.

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Bettye LaVette: Child of the Seventies

This re-release provides evidence that Bettye LaVette should have been famous decades earlier.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Unsung Heroes of Country Blues

Filled with beautiful obscurities and aural surprises, this collection will delight fans, new and old, of the genre it celebrates.

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How Pioneering Blues Women Were All But Written out of “Official” Blues History

While industry gatekeepers were invested in a specific image of black performance, black performers themselves had different ideas.

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Jerry Lee Lewis: Rock & Roll Time

The Killer makes an album worthy of his reputation, aided by an all-star cast and co-producer (and fellow music legend) Jim Keltner.

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23 Oct 2014 // 1:04 AM

Gary Clark Jr.: Live

This disc marks the official arrival of a major talent: clearly steeped in the blues tradition who can shift seamlessly between feedback-frenzied rawness and cool, old school soul and funk.

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17 Oct 2014 // 1:06 AM

Ry Cooder: Soundtracks

Rhino’s seven CD retrospective box set Soundtracks covers off the bulk of Ry Cooder’s ‘80s film work. Interesting and varied, this is a worthy re-issue.

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Hiss Golden Messenger: Lateness of Dancers

The latest from M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch's country-leaning band serves as an re-introduction and a rebirth for their signature sound.

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13 Oct 2014 // 11:30 AM

JW-Jones: Belmont Boulevard

With some luck, we’ll be talking about JW-Jones in the same breath as we do Johnny Winter and Jimmie Vaughan.

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Tinariwen - “Arhegh Danagh” (video) (Premiere)

The Saharan band Tinariwen have been going strong since coming to international acclaim in the late ‘90s, playing the largest music festivals in the world and receiving a Grammy in 2012 for the album Tassili.

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Bonnie “Prince” Billy: Singer’s Grave a Sea of Tongues

Existential dread is nothing new for Will Oldham's performing persona, but this new record might be his most harrowing yet.

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‘JAMerica’ Skillfully Assembles an Oral History of America’s Jam Bands

The jam band scene may be one of the most diverse in the US, though many tend to paint Disco Biscuits with the Grateful Dead's brush. This volume clears some of that up.

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Moreland & Arbuckle: 7 Cities

Electric blues that's steeped further in the past than usual.

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Tedeschi Trucks Band: Made Up Mind

Made Up Mind is a brilliant throwback without ever truly sounding anachronistic.

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Valerie June: Pushin’ Against a Stone

Singer/songwriter Valerie June breaks through capably on Pushin’ Against a Stone.

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"Radio 104.5's birthday show featured great bands and might have been the unofficial start of summer festival season in the Northeast.

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