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Monday, August 29 2011

George Thorogood and the Destroyers: 2120 South Michigan Avenue

Proof positive that revisiting one’s past doesn’t mean being incapable of striding boldly forward into the future.


Monday, May 2 2011

Howlin’ Wolf: Rocking Chair Blues - “Down in the Bottom”

Sexual poaching and its consequences become a life and death drama in Howlin’ Wolf’s “Down in the Bottom”.


Monday, March 14 2011

Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf - “The Red/Little Red Rooster”

Whether known as "The Red Rooster" or "Little Red Rooster", this Willie Dixon song has attained classic status in the blues repertoire. And no one does it better than Howlin' Wolf.


Monday, March 7 2011

Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf - “Shake for Me”

In this new Between the Grooves series, George de Stefano digs beneath the nondescript cover of Howlin' Wolf's "Rocking Chair" album -- an urtext for many rock and R&B artists who have been inspired by it or covered its songs -- to examine some of the greatest blues ever recorded.


Wednesday, February 11 2009

Laughing Through the Tears: The Enduring Journey of Etta James

As much as Etta James used her songwriting and vocal skills as primary sources for empowerment and critique, her performances and image were equally significant in reflecting a public persona bursting with wit, wildness, and sassy radicalism.


Sunday, November 16 2008

Bo Diddley: Gold

Bo Diddley may be gone, but he is not forgotten, as this two-disc compilation of his prime Checker years easily proves.


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