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Ry Cooder | Ry Cooder: 15 essential songs - Music
Ry Cooder loved working for director Walter Hill and the soundtrack album Crossroads featured the great blues harmonica player Sonny Terry and blues musician Terry Evans. Cooder had loved the blues of Robert Johnson since he was a teenager and this spirited version of his classic Crossroads features some great bottleneck guitar playing. As Cooder said: "I am playing Johnson's music the way I know how to play bottleneck, which is to hold the guitar upright, wear a bottleneck on your finger, and fingerpick the thing, and play in the tuning that I’m certain that he used."
guitar  blues  movies  soundtrack  80s 
15 days ago by rgl7194
AMY ANNELLE | ENTER, stranger, and hear the haunts of nature | The Great Unveiling : wild geese from the west
"The Evil Devil Blues" by Johnny Temple (1935), adapted by Amy Annelle
Johnny Temple's "The Evil Devil Blues" was his adaption of Skip James' "Devil Got my Woman"
I'd rather be dead and in my lonesome tomb, lonesome tomb to hear another woman, some woman done taken my room, take my room I'd rather be with the devil than be with man, with that man even when I love thee, man I love, the man I love, he don't pay me no mind, me no mind so I packed my things, goin' further down the line, down the line angel last night I, down last night, I laid down last night and I tried to take my rest, take my rest oh, I'm got to ramblin, like the wild geese from the west, from the west see, there was evil, changed my baby's mind, baby's mind if I'll be your woman, be your woman, if I'll be your woman, I tell you what you will do, you will do you'll cut my kindlin', you will steel my plow, steel my plow You tote my water from the boggy bough, boggy bough angel last night, down last night, I laid down last night and tried to take my rest said "get to ramblin like the wild geese from the west, from the west" who'll cut my kindlin', who will steel my plow? who'll tote my water from the boggy bough?
music  blues  women  lyrics  2010s  cover  songs 
26 days ago by rgl7194
Cinderella's Tom Keifer Plays His Favorite Riffs
Tom Keifer came ready to play and he packs in the riffs in this edition of Loudwire's Gear Factor, powered by Sweetwater. The longtime Cinderella vocalist and current solo artist has a new album coming out, but took some time to reflect on some of the music that helped him get to where he's at today.
Keifer takes it back to the early days, telling us, "There were a lot of kids in my neighborhood or teenagers that were older than me and they were coming up on that '60s hard rock stuff. There were a few garage bands that played around and they were older than me and I used to sit and watch them jam in their garages and one of the guys across the street showed me the Cream riff for "Sunshine of Your Love," which was the first hard rock riff that I ever played. It just felt so cool that I played it over and over and over again."
music  hard_rock  guitar  video  cream  ufo  rolling_stones  blues 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Robert Plant's Friendly Role In 'Green Book' Soundtrack And Other Behind The Scenes Secrets
Green Book director/co-writer and co-producer Peter Farrelly knew he wanted an authentic soundtrack to complement the jazz/classical hybrid of the late pianist Don Shirley that the Oscar-nominated film celebrates.
So he turned to an unlikely source. "My wife's friend was going out with Robert Plant of all people, we went out to dinner and I picked his brain," Farrelly recalls. "I said, 'Robert, tell me some songs that you listened to in the late '50s and early '60s that nobody plays anymore. I want to hear the cool songs to you but that you haven't heard on the radio in 50 years.'"
Farrelly says Plant, yes, that Plant, lead singer of Led Zeppelin, suggested songs like "Pretty Lil' Thing," by Sonny "Golden Boy" Williamson and "Goodbye, My Lover, Goodbye," by Robert Mosley, among many others.
"It was an amazing night because I had just finished writing the script and he came to visit with his girlfriend, who was my wife's friend. And my wife and her are both smokers, so they were outside smoking cigarettes and we were on YouTube and he was pulling up song after song after song and I was sitting there like a crazy student writing down all the stuff."
It takes a whole team to make a movie that garners five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. So as I spoke with Farrelly and composer Kris Bowers about the music in Green Book and why the message is so resonant today, that Plant helped shape the soundtrack is just one of the fascinating things revealed, along with how Bowers turned to his grandfather for information and the congratulatory call Farrelly got from Harry Belafonte after he saw Green Book.
music  movies  jazz  robert_plant  soundtrack  blues  50s  60s 
february 2019 by rgl7194
Christmas Music for People Who are Sick of Christmas Music: Gimme Five
ROOMFUL OF BLUES – ROOMFUL OF CHRISTMAS (1997): Rhode Island’s favored sons, Roomful of Blues turns in a Christmas set that’s both swingin’ and rockin’. Their version of “Run, Rudolph, Run” will make you want to dance ’round that Christmas tree.
music  christmas  blues  90s 
december 2018 by rgl7194
Ry Cooder's 'The UFO Has Landed' Finally Put His Amazing Career in Context
An underrated artist with an eye for the offhand gem, Ry Cooder remains an all-but-anonymous, genius-grade poet in the American vernacular of brown bottles, trailer parks, stray dogs and rascals. Give Cooder a guitar, and he becomes this sweep-the-kitchen pot of bubbling gumbo, too, mastering everything from blues to dust-bowl folk, Tex-Mex to soul, gospel to mid-century rock. He’s also the guy on approximately 1 million or so film soundtracks.
Yet nobody’s ever heard of him. So, he’s paid the bills with some impressive sessions work. You find Ry Cooder palling around with the Rolling Stones (including key sessions work on Let It Bleed and Sticky Fingers, among other projects), Van Morrison (on 1979’s Into the Music), jazz genius Earl “Fatha” Hines, John Haitt’s Little Village, John Lee Hooker and on Mavis Staples.
music  guitar  2000s  blues 
november 2018 by rgl7194
The Allman Brothers Band's Ubiquitous 'Whipping Post': One Track Mind
From “Statesboro Blues” to “One Way Out” and “Trouble No More,” the Allman Brothers Band’s performance of blues classics epitomized the compliment, “they made it their own.”
Just as “Trouble No More” passed from the country blues of Sleepy John Estes to the Chicago blues sound of Muddy Waters’ version in 1955, it surfaced once again in 1969 – rocking with Duane Allman’s blistering slide guitar on the Allman Brothers Band’s eponymous first album. In the blues tradition, one does not do “covers” of others’ music. Rather, one reinterprets and pays homage to those who passed it forward, and the Allmans did so with uncanny virtuosity for 45 years.
music  blues  guitar  60s  RIP 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Dave Grohl Reveals Grunge Classic He'd Listen To 'When I Was Lonely' -
The Ringer have up a new article on the 25th anniversary of Nirvana’s Unplugged performance. In the piece, Dave Grohl praises a solo album by then Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan.
One of the musicians he respected most, the man he called his favorite performer, was Lead Belly. Cobain’s take on the early 20th-century folk singer’s version of “Where Did You Sleep Last Night”—itself an adaptation of “In the Pines”—was the night’s last song. Cobain had played guitar and added background vocals on friend Mark Lanegan’s cover of the track, which appeared on the Screaming Trees frontman’s 1990 solo album The Winding Sheet.
music  lanegan  grunge  90s  blues 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Reliquary: Jimi Hendrix - The Blues Project Outtakes (2014 WM 1007/2) [SBD]
Jimi Hendrix
'The Blues Project Outtakes'
(2014 Wonder Minnow : WM 1007/2)
Soundboard Recordings
Encoded: 320 Kbps MP3
music  hendrix  blues  60s  70s  SBD  bootlegs  download 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Lucius share video for “Goodnight, Irene” with Roger Waters: Watch | Consequence of Sound
From their acoustic album, Nudes, out now
Lucius, the mellifluous pairing of singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, just released an album of acoustic songs meant to showcase their the particular strengths of their signature harmonies. One of those cuts was a cover of Leadbelly’s “Goodnight, Irene”, which the women recorded with former tour mate Roger Waters. Now, they’ve shared a video of the performance.
As intimate as the album itself, the video captures the trio recording the track direct to vinyl at Electric Lady Studios, with Waters behind an acoustic guitar. Watch it below.
lucius  music  video  blues  cover  acoustic 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Tight But Loose » Blog Archive » ERIC CLAPTON A LIFE IN 12 BARS
Eric Clapton Life In 12 Bars – directed by Lili Fini Zanuck.
Vue Cinema -Bedford January 10, 2018:
I had read recently that this film was about to premiere – by chance I saw it mentioned on the Planet Rock website. The official London South Bank premiere was to be streamed to cinemas across the UK – and the Bedford Vue cinema was one of them.
Having seen some of the trailers and read a review, I knew this was going to be a fairly comprehensive overview of Eric’s career…However,I was certainly not prepared for what I witnessed.
Firstly some words about me and Eric. I’ve loved his music since I was 12 years old. One of the first albums I ever purchased was Cream’s Fresh Cream. For a while in 1969, before I heard Whole Lotta Love, Eric Clapton was my favourite guitarist, Jack Bruce my favourite bassist and Ginger Baker my favourite drummer.
blues  clapton  documentary  guitar  movies  music  review  TBL 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars (2017) | Official Trailer | SHOWTIME Documentary - YouTube
Published on Sep 7, 2017
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, directed by Oscar-winner Lili Fini Zanuck (Rush, Driving Miss Daisy), is an unflinching and deeply personal look into the life of legendary 18-time Grammy winner Eric Clapton. SHOWTIME documentary films to world premiere Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars at 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Following the debut at TIFF, the documentary will premiere on SHOWTIME February 10th at 8pm ET/PT.
Told through his own words and songs, ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS is a moving and surprising film about one of the great artists of the modern era — a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and the only artist ever inducted three times into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Spanning more than half a century of legendary popular musical innovation, the film contextualizes Eric Clapton’s role in contemporary music and cultural history. This rare and deeply intimate film reflects on Clapton’s traumatic childhood, his long and difficult struggle with drugs and alcohol and the tragic loss of his son and how he always found his inner strength and healing in music. The documentary features extensive interviews with Clapton himself, along with his family, friends, musical collaborators, contemporaries and heroes – including late music icons B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison. The film is directed by Oscar-winner Lili Fini Zanuck with Passion Pictures’ John Battsek (One Day In September, Searching for Sugar Man) amongst the producers. BAFTA winner Chris King (Amy, Senna) serves as editor.
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music  clapton  documentary  blues  guitar  movies  youtube  trailer 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie - YouTube
Published on Feb 12, 2016
"Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie"
Traditional American Folk Song
Attributed to "Leadbelly" Huddle Ledbetter
Arr. by Moira Smiley
Women of the Sea Chanters Chorus
Recorded at Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, Vir. May 2015
music  chorus  navy  women  uniform  youtube  blues 
june 2017 by rgl7194
American Epic (Trailer) - YouTube
Published on Apr 18, 2017
Premieres May 16 on PBS in the US and May on BBC in the UK
Directed by Bernard MacMahon
Created by Allison McGourty, Duke Erikson and Bernard MacMahon
Supervising Editor Dan Gitlin
Executive Produced by T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford and Jack White
Produced by Adam Block, Bill Holderman, Allison McGourty, Duke Erikson and Bernard MacMahon
Broadcast includes a three-part historical documentary and The American Epic Sessions, a feature-length film starring Jack White, Taj Mahal, Elton John, Nas, Beck, Rhiannon Giddens, Ana Gabriel, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Steve Martin, Alabama Shakes and more
Companion Soundtrack, 100-Song Box Set, and other music products to be released by Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings and Columbia Records, and Third Man Records on May 12th
Companion book to be released by Touchstone on May 2nd
blues  documentary  jack_white  movies  music  youtube  trailer 
june 2017 by rgl7194
American Epic (Teaser) - YouTube
Published on Apr 7, 2015
Get your first look at American Epic in the new teaser.
American Epic, three-part historical documentary and The American Epic Sessions, a feature-length recording studio film will air in May 2017 on PBS and BBC Arena
Subscribe to American Epic for more videos.
blues  documentary  jack_white  movies  music  youtube  trailer 
june 2017 by rgl7194
American Epic (PBS Preview) - YouTube
Published on Apr 18, 2017
Premieres May 16 on PBS in the US and May on BBC in the UK
Directed by Bernard MacMahon
Created by Allison McGourty, Duke Erikson and Bernard MacMahon
Supervising Editor Dan Gitlin
Executive Produced by T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford and Jack White
Produced by Adam Block, Bill Holderman, Allison McGourty, Duke Erikson and Bernard MacMahon
Broadcast includes a three-part historical documentary and The American Epic Sessions, a feature-length film starring Jack White, Taj Mahal, Elton John, Nas, Beck, Rhiannon Giddens, Ana Gabriel, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Steve Martin, Alabama Shakes and more
Companion Soundtrack, 100-Song Box Set, and other music products to be released by Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings and Columbia Records, and Third Man Records on May 12th
Companion book to be released by Touchstone on May 2nd
blues  documentary  jack_white  movies  music  tv  preview  youtube 
june 2017 by rgl7194
American Epic - Official Trailer - YouTube
Published on Apr 19, 2017
American Epic is a series of music films focusing on the birth of modern music in the United States. It comprises a three-part historical music documentary, a feature-length performance film, and a set of companion album releases. The project is executive-produced by Jack White, T Bone Burnett, and Robert Redford, directed by Bernard MacMahon and written by Bernard MacMahon, Allison McGourty, and Duke Erikson of Lo-Max Films.
American Epic features Beck, Nas, Elton John, Alabama Shakes, Willie Nelson, the late Merle Haggard, and more.
PBS (in the U.S.) and BBC (in the UK) will air the three-part documentary every Tuesday beginning May 16th, 2017. The film airs on June 6th, 2017.
blues  documentary  jack_white  movies  music  trailer  youtube 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Jack White - Matrimonial Inclinations from the American Epic Sessions - YouTube
Published on Jun 16, 2017
Jack White performing "Matrimonial Inclinations" featured on the American Epic Sessions Soundtrack available on
Produced by Jack White & T Bone Burnett, the official American Epic soundtrack album featuring “Matrimonial Inclinations” and all the performances from the Sessions film, along with additional recordings not seen in the film, is out now on vinyl from Third Man Records (hyperlink to TMR store) and CD/Digital via Columbia Records ( For more information on all the music from American Epic including the historical releases, visit
blues  documentary  jack_white  movies  music  video  youtube 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Jack White covers old-timey blues song “Matrimonial Intentions”” — watch | Consequence of Sound
From the ambitious project documentarian project American Epic
Jack White has shared another video from his ambitious documentary project American Epic. Coming from White and fellow executive producers T Bone Burnett and Robert Redford, the project is a massive undertaking that “takes us on a journey across time to the birth of modern music” via a three-part documentary, a feature-length film and a collection of recordings entitled The American Epic Sessions.
blues  documentary  jack_white  movies  music  video 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Elton John & Jack White – “Two Fingers Of Whiskey” - Stereogum
A couple weeks back, we found out that Elton John and Jack White had teamed up to make a new blues song called “Two Fingers Of Whiskey” for the American Epic PBS documentary and soundtrack. Today, a video has been released of the two of them recording the song — the clip will be featured in The American Epic Sessions, which premieres on 6/6 and features Beck, Steve Martin, Alabama Shakes, and more recording songs using old-school technology. Watch and listen to the song below.
blues  documentary  jack_white  movies  music  video 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Watch Jack White and Elton John perform new duet 'Two Fingers Of Whiskey' - NME
Clip is taken from forthcoming documentary series, 'American Epic'
Jack White and Elton John have duetted on a new blues song together. Watch footage of their performance below.
The clip, which is taken from the forthcoming documentary series, American Epic, sees the pair collaborate on a new bluesy number, with John on piano, White on guitar and both singing.
blues  documentary  jack_white  movies  music  video 
june 2017 by rgl7194
See Jack White, Elton John Duet on 'Two Fingers of Whiskey' - Rolling Stone
T Bone Burnett-helmed 'American Epic Sessions' documentary features famous musicians recording with rare 1920s technology
Elton John and Jack White barrel through a rowdy new paean to inebriation, "Two Fingers of Whiskey," in the latest clip from the forthcoming documentary, The American Epic Sessions.
On piano, John drives the jaunty melody with his left hand and adds colorful embellishments with his right. "Two fingers of whiskey, that is all I need to keep drowning the devil livin' in me," he drawls like a vexed man on a barstool. To his side, White quietly picks a terse rhythm guitar and a scant solo during the bridge. 
blues  documentary  jack_white  movies  music  video 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Watch Elton John and Jack White Duet on "Two Fingers of Whiskey" | SPIN
In a newly released clip from the sprawling, Jack White-produced documentary (and archival/collaborative recording project) The American Epic Sessions, Elton John joins White to semi-improvise a blues-inspired track called “Two Fingers of Whiskey.” The two harmonize, as John finagles a melody out of lyrics about the proverbial “devil living in [him],” which were given to him by his career-long lyricist Bernie Taupin. Fans of John’s rootsy 1970 album Tumblewood Connection may appreciate the results. Using vintage equipment, the track is pressed to record as they record; you can hear the appealingly thin, worn sound created by the mic on the video’s playback. Watch below. The American Epic documentary, directed by Bernard MacMahon, will premiere this weekend (June 3) on PBS.
blues  documentary  jack_white  movies  music  video 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Jack White and Elton John Team for New Song “Two Fingers of Whiskey”: Watch | Pitchfork
The duo collaborated on the Bernie Taupin-penned blues song for The American Epic Sessions
Jack White and Elton John have teamed up for a new blues song called “Two Fingers of Whiskey.” The collaboration was captured in the upcoming film The American Epic Sessions, which showcases contemporary artists replicating early recording processes. In the scene, John is asked to improvise a new song from lyrics that his longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin handed him. John leads on piano, White accompanies on guitar, and their performance is recorded straight to wax. Watch it happen below. The American Epic Sessions premieres June 6 on PBS. The film’s soundtrack arrives on CD and digital download on June 9 via Columbia. It gets a vinyl release from White’s Third Man on June 16.
blues  documentary  jack_white  movies  music  video 
june 2017 by rgl7194
AMERICAN EPIC | Sessions: Elton John and Jack White | PBS - YouTube
Published on Jun 1, 2017
Official website: | #AmericanEpic
Sessions: Elton John and Jack White perform “Two Fingers of Whiskey”
Go inside one of the greatest-ever untold stories: how the ordinary people of America were given the opportunity to make records for the first time.
music  blues  movies  documentary  jack_white  video  youtube 
june 2017 by rgl7194
Jack White and Elton John collaborate on new blues song “Two Fingers of Whiskey” — watch | Consequence of Sound
Taken from The American Epic Sessions film, which premieres on PBS next week
American Epic is a new three-part documentary about “the birth of modern music” and old recording technology, executive produced by Jack White, T Bone Burnett, and Robert Redford. Accompanying the documentary is a full-length film called The American Epic Sessions, which sees artists like Willie Nelson, Beck, Merle Haggard, and Alabama Shakes recording on such #throwback machines.
Our first preview of the film came last month via footage of White covering a 1920s-era song with the help of rap legend Nas. Today, another clip has surfaced, this time of White collaborating with none other than Elton John on an original blues song titled “Two Fingers of Whiskey”.
music  blues  movies  documentary  jack_white  video 
june 2017 by rgl7194
♫ Episode #54 – Guitarist Woody Mann Talks about His Documentary on the Life of Rev. Gary Davis | The Next Track
Guitarist Woody Mann joins us to discuss his documentary about the life of the great blues and gospel musician Rev. Gary Davis.
This week’s guest:
Woody Mann
Show notes:
Harlem Street Singer (documentary)
Harlem Street Singer (album)
Empire Roots Band – music from the documentary Harlem Street Singer
Students of Rev. Gary Davis
Say No to the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis, Ian Zack
Hot Tuna – First Pull Up, Then Pull Down
Our next tracks:
Kirk: Brad Mehldau: Songs: The Art of the Trio, Vol. 3
Doug: The Regrettes: Feel Your Feelings Fool!
music  podcast  next_track  interview  blues  documentary 
may 2017 by rgl7194
Then it happened. Paul introduced some special guests – on walked Robert Plant and Brian Johnson.
This was the cue for your TBL editor to defy his 60 years by making a Usain Bolt like sprint from row P to right down the front to catch this little bit of history.
Flipping heck or words to that effect!
That old Barrett Strong R and B stomper Money (That’s What I Want) as performed by Zep in Frankfurt in 1980 – I was lucky enough to be at that one too, was the chosen song for this unique history making three way vocal performance.
Brian sang with real conviction and as for Robert – he was absolutely loving it, hamming it up with those family poses (even a Knebworth like mic held aloft pose near the drum riser) checking into some Hoochie Coochie Man and Fortune Teller lyrics and blowing a mean harp. As Paul put it earlier ‘’What fun we are having’’.
The two guests left the stage after embracing with Paul happy and smiling. This was of course a significant sighting of Brian on stage as it was his first appearance  since his hearing problems had forced him to leave AC/DC.
music  concert  free  anniversary  review  robert_plant  blues  TBL 
may 2017 by rgl7194
Mark Lanegan Reveals Why Kurt Cobain EP Was ‘Shelved’ -
Former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan discussed collaborating with Kurt Cobain in a new interview with Marc Maron. Alternative Nation transcribed Lanegan’s comments.
“I did, that’s how I actually started making solo records. Kurt and I were friends, and we decided to try and make an EP of Leadbelly covers, Leadbelly being someone that we both liked a lot. We were sitting around listening to him one day and thought: ‘Hey, we should do a record of this stuff.’
music  blues  cover  90s  lanegan 
april 2017 by rgl7194
Jack White’s American Epic project about “the birth of modern music” gets release dates, new trailer — watch | Consequence of Sound
Here’s an ambitious project: Tell the story of music. Furthermore, split it all up into a three-part documentary, a feature-length film, and a collection of recordings. Well, it took three living legends to bring it to life but that’s exactly what Jack White, producer T Bone Burnett, and director-actor Robert Redford are doing with American Epic, the multi-faceted series on which they all serve as executive producers. A press release previously described the series as taking us on “a journey across time to the birth of modern music, when the musical strands of a diverse nation first combined, sparking a cultural renaissance that forever transformed the future of music and the world.” The project was announced back in 2015 and now we have more information on when it’ll all come to light.
music  history  jack_white  movies  trailer  blues  americana 
april 2017 by rgl7194
The CLASSIC Blues Riff for Beginners ! - YouTube
Hi Everyone, if you've subscribed, THANKS! I'm going to be posting a lot more videos based on your requests and great emails. THIS VIDEO HAS A BONUS AT THE END ! Read on...
This lesson will get you cookin' on The Classic Blues Riff. There's no better name for it! It's easy to understand, easy to play and instantly recognizable. Add it to your bag of tricks and bring it out next time someone hands you a guitar.
But later in the video is a Lead Guitar Mini-Lesson that complements The Classic Blues Riff. You're going to want to master it, too. The skills you'll learn here will get you jamming with another guitar player quickly and easily. Just watch and learn ( and practice!!)
guitar  music  blues  youtube 
october 2016 by rgl7194
♫ Episode #20 – You Think You Know about the Blues? Eliah Wald on the History of the Blues | The Next Track
We welcome musician, historian, and author Elijah Wald to discuss the history of the blues.
Show notes:
Elijah Wald’s website
Elijah Wald’s Songobiography
Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues
Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Mayor of McDougal Street
Inside Dave van Ronk (the album with the cat on the cover)
Robert Johnson, The Complete Recordings
Kirk’s review of Dylan Goes Electric
Robert Palmer: Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi Delta
Howlin’ Wolf on Shindig, May 20, 1965...
Our next tracks:
Kirk: Hot Tuna
Doug: Howlin’ Wolf: The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions
music  podcast  next_track  history  blues 
september 2016 by rgl7194
MOONZz – Satisfy | Sunset in the Rearview
“Imagine if Purity Ring and Banks formed a super group after listening to Blu Cantrell’s “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)” and TNGHT for two months solid.” – Noisey. While I’m not to usually quote press releases, that line was just too good to pass up, and I have to give credit where credit is due because Noisey absolutely hit the nail on the head with that description.
“Satisfy” is MOONZz‘s debut single, and she’s not just knocking on the door and coming in politely, rather she’s blowing the door down and making sure everyone knows her name. The LA-based singer-songstress is already well known in various industry circles for her vocal work for producers like Dr. Fresch, Luca Lush, and Prince Fox, but she’s breaking out from their shadow to make a name for herself, and she’s started her solo career off in spectacular fashion.
Her sultry, sexy voice provides the perfect edge for Cozyra’s production on the track. Her offbeat, avant-garde vocals will lull you into the track, until the track takes a left turn with cleverly-placed chopped and screwed vocal samples and gritty, futuristic electro-pop production as if you’re watching the moon in the sky disappear into nothing.
music  commercials  blues  soundcloud 
may 2016 by rgl7194
How Rising Star MOONZz Landed Her Music on a Victoria's Secret TV Spot
The singer's breakout track "Satisfy" pairs well with lingerie.
In August 2015, LA-based rising star MOONZz turned heads with her debut single “Satisfy” on burgeoning label Taste & Tone. With the singer’s gusty vocals set against sparse, skittering trap beats, the track hinted at impressive things to come.
“Satisfy” also caught the attention of lingerie empire Victoria’s Secret, who reached out to use the track in its new national TV commercial for the Body by Victoria spring collection. While we only hear 15 seconds of “Satisfy” in the ad, the track is a fittingly seductive accompaniment to the quick cuts of Victoria’s Secret Angels on a windswept beach. (There’s an extended cut coming on The Victoria’s Secret Swimsuit Special.) Last year, the brand chose Alison Wonderland’s “Cold” to soundtrack one of its high-profile TV spots, so they know how to spot next-big-things.
music  commercials  blues 
may 2016 by rgl7194
What's The Song On The Victoria's Secret Commercial Body By Victoria? | DaysTune
The latest commercial from Victoria’s Secret may only be fifteen seconds long, but it’s not one you’re going to be forgetting to soon. Candice Swanepoel, Jasmine Tookes and a few other sexy ladies move in slow seductive motion for the commercial’s black and white ad, promoting the latest Body by Victoria collection. But it’s not just the visual that leaves a lasting impression, the song is going to get you too.
If you’re wondering “what’s the song” on the new Victoria’s Secret “Body by Victoria” commercial, we’ve got the answer. That finger snapping, bluesy treat is called “Saitisfy” and it’s performed by LA singer, MOONZz.
commercials  music  blues 
may 2016 by rgl7194
Rock Guitar Daily with Tony Conley: SIDEMEN: Long Road To Glory - A Big Hit At SXSW Film For All The Right Reasons
"People said, 'Pinetop, it looks like you ought to have plenty of money.' How you gonna have plenty of money when you a sideman? No way!" ~ Pinetop Perkins (July 7, 1913 - March 21, 2011)

SIDEMEN: Long Road To Glory opened this past week to unanimous rave reviews and acclaim at the SXSW Film festival, and while it is a great film, likely as good a musical documentary as you'll see released this year, it's also a movie that has a great story of its own.

In his 97 years on earth, Pinetop Perkins never made himself a rich man by playing the piano, but he still went out of this life a rich man, celebrated by fans, friends, getting some of the acclaim due an artist of his stature by way of his third Grammy Award in 2011, and now having his tale told in this passionate documentary.
music  blues  movies 
march 2016 by rgl7194
Watch Amazing Trio: Buddy Guy, Jack Bruce & Buddy Miles - uDiscover
Imagine what might have happened if the great bluesman Buddy Guy had joined Cream, or Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys. Imagine no more — because here's an extraordinary clip from 1969 of Guy performing his 'Mary Had a Little Lamb' and 'My Time After Awhile' live with Jack Bruce and Buddy Miles. The footage comes from the Supershow documentary, which was directed by John Crome and dubbed “The Last Great Jam of the '60s!” It was reportedly filmed in a disused factory in Staines, England over two days in March, 1969. Bruce had just left Cream at the time, while Miles, a founding member of Electric Flag, was appearing on their debut album A Long Time Comin' and went on to play with Hendrix in Band of Gypsys. Guy, for his part, had released the album A Man and the Blues the year before, his third studio LP and the set on which the super-funky 'Mary Had a Little Lamb' originated. The track was covered by the late Stevie Ray Vaughan on his first album, 1983's Texas Flood. This clip comes...
music  blues  cream  60s 
march 2016 by rgl7194
Tom Waits covers Blind Willie Johnson for new tribute album — listen | Consequence of Sound
God Don't Never Change also features Sinead O'Connor, Lucinda Williams, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi, Blind Boys of Alabama, and more. In 2013, producer Jeffrey Gaskill launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring his long-gestating Blind Willie Johnson tribute album to fruition. On February 26th, he’ll finally see his vision realized when God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson is released via Alligator. Ahead of the release, the entire record is streaming below. God Don’t Never Change sees a number of musicians covering the iconic and influential blues maestro known for his thumb-picking style. Most notably, Tom Waits contributes two songs, “The Soul of a Man” and the epochal “John the Revelator”. With his gravel-laden voice, Waits turns the first into a swinging blues number, while the latter is presented in his own singular style, a stomping, smokey rendition that’s as intimidating as it is beautiful. Elsewhere, Lucinda Williams sings the title track and “It’s...
music  blues  cover  maria_mckee 
february 2016 by rgl7194
Blind Willie Johnson's Gospel Blues | No Depression
This thing is so powerful, it's intimidating. It's like being thrown across a room and pinned to a wall by some unseen, immovable force. You might not have heard of Blind Willie Johnson, but his music has been the backbone of countless folk, gospel and blues artists' set lists since the '30s. Born in 1897, Johnson was blinded at the age of 7 when his stepmother threw lye in his face in retaliation for a beating she received at the hands of Johnson's father for stepping out with another man. Johnson began busking on the streets of several dusty rural Texas town streets at a young age, spending most of his life in Beaumont, Texas as an itinerant street preacher and... Maria McKee leads the congregation in an exuberant camp meeting revival style gospel romp on "Let Your Light Shine On Me.” Saint or sinner, this big bundle of medicine contains a soul stirring potion that's good for what ails ya. You don't need no doctor. Just scarf it up and let the healing gospel goodness do the rest.
music  blues  cover  maria_mckee 
february 2016 by rgl7194
Bonamassa in Clapton, Beck, Page tribute tour - Classic Rock
5 shows in July will pay homage to British electric blues giants Joe Bonamassa will play a five-date UK tour in July, paying tribute to the leading lights of the 1960s British blues boom. He describes the shows as a “homage to the music of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page,” adding: “If it wasn’t for certain British musicians, the blues may never have exploded into rock music as we know it today – and indeed, may have passed into history.” If follows a brief UK tour in March, with two dates added to one that was rescheduled from last year. Bonamassa will release his second album of all-original material, Blues Of Desperation, on March 25. July tickets go on sale on January 29 (Friday) with a fan pre-sale available on January 26. In between the two runs, Bonamassa also has dates in Germany and the US in March and April. Salute to the British Blues Explosion tour Jul 07: Preston Hogton Tower Jul 03: Glasgow Clyde Auditorium Jul 05: Bristol Colston Hall Jul 07: London Greenwich...
music  60s  blues  guitar  clapton  jimmy_page  concert  beck 
january 2016 by rgl7194
Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive Tales Of Brave Ulysses - Lefsetz Letter
I played this for my mother. I didn’t buy “Fresh,” not at first, my initial Cream purchase was “Disraeli Gears,” way before “Sunshine Of Your Love” got airplay, I experienced it as an album, it revealed itself to me with each play, and the song that hooked me was the second side opener, “Tales Of Brave Ulysses.” Not that I knew anything about Greek tragedy, it’s just that the record had a sound that spoke to me, that took me out of my bedroom into a vast world that I thought would understand me. I finally had a stereo, I’d cashiered my record player, that all-in-one unit with platter and speaker and tonearm sporting a coin to make sure the record didn’t skip. And I detached one speaker from my new listening apparatus, it was a Columbia unit, that’s right, the record company also made hardware, and dragged it to my mother’s bedroom so she could hear and share what I did. She did not get it. But I still do. Contemplating Robert Stigwood‘s death I pulled up “Disraeli Gears” on my Sonos...
music  blues  60s  cream  lefsetz 
january 2016 by rgl7194
Is Terry Reid really just “the man who turned down Led Zeppelin”?
1965 was quite a year. As America groaned under the weight of the burgeoning crisis in Vietnam and racial tensions at home reached boiling point, rock music was…
music  blues  60s  70s  ledzep 
november 2015 by rgl7194
The Ann Wilson Thing - '#1' (2015): Review
The interpretive genius of Ann Wilson was writ large during her billowing Kennedy Center rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” this moment so transcendent that it moved Robert Plant to tears. A new band and EP, the Ann Wilson Thing’s #1, traces more deeply into their influence, deeper even than more straight-forward tributes away from Heart that include the Lovemongers’ “Battle of Evermore” and her solo debut’s take on “Immigrant Song.” No, with #1, Ann Wilson follows Led Zeppelin’s original path all the way back to the blues — a primordial gut-check. Along the way, she builds something revelatory into her legacy, something which shows us more than a cover song ever could. The Ann Wilson Thing, in fact, would seem to have little (at least at first) to do with her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame work alongside sister Nancy Wilson in Heart. But when she excavates three covers initially associated with Buffalo Springfield, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin — they’re coupled here...
music  blues  STH 
october 2015 by rgl7194
Cream’s Live Debut, In The Home Of Northern Soul - uDiscover
History records Cream’s official live debut in 1966 taking place at the sixth annual National Jazz & Blues Festival in Windsor. But the trio’s actual first live performance was a last-minute, low-key affair two days earlier, in a club that became synonymous with Northern Soul music. On the night of Friday, June 29 1966, England was in the grip of expectation, nervously awaiting the biggest domestic football fixture the country had ever known, as the nation’s footballers prepared to take on West Germany in the World Cup Final the following afternoon. Twisted Wheel logoScotsman Jack Bruce would have been excused a certain lack of interest, but after soul star Joe Tex pulled out of his engagement at Manchester’s Twisted Wheel, Bruce, Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker suddenly found themselves being driven up north that Friday, in a black Austin Westminster driven by Clapton’s friend, keyboard player Ben Palmer. “It was just called Cream. It wasn’t advertised,” Bruce later remembered...
music  cream  60s  concert  blues 
september 2015 by rgl7194
▶ REESE'S Frosty - YouTube
Published on May 26, 2015 Hey, let's grab a cold one or two. Try REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups in the fridge. Googled music for reese's grab a cold one and got "Evil Ways" by Blues Saraceno.
commercials  candy  music  blues 
july 2015 by rgl7194
Reese's TV Commercial, 'A Cold One or Two' Song by -
About This Commercial Description We have reached the pinnacle of humanity. Those of you who've put a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in the fridge (or freezer for the truly radical) know this to be a fact. People, Places & Things Music Evil Ways - Blues Saraceno
commercials  candy  music  blues 
july 2015 by rgl7194
George Thorogood interview Bad to the Bone In the Studio Redbeard
I have interviewed literally hundreds of the greatest rock musicians, but George Thorogood is the only one who told me that he was planning to be a professional comedian, not a musician. And at the time of that 1978 second release Move It on Over , George actually delayed his tour because he was playing professional baseball. But when he finally took his three-piece outfit on the road that year, nobody tore it up live on stage better than this guy, and Thorogood proves it again tonight 5/29 at New York City’s Beacon Theater, Sunday in Baltimore, then three weeks straight across the Midwest including Detroit, Milwaukee, Denver, San Diego, & Northern CA. -Redbeard
music  podcast  redbeard  interview  blues  70s 
may 2015 by rgl7194
BB King dies blues legend The Thrill is Gone
It is impossible not to resort to hyperbole and cliche when trying to assess the impact of this giant of worldwide twentieth century popular music culture – and beyond -but suffice it to say that before the Beatles, before Bob Dylan, before Elvis Presley, there was B.B. King. He passed away overnight at age 89.
music  blues  RIP 
may 2015 by rgl7194
R.I.P. B.B. King, legendary blues guitarist has died | Consequence of Sound
BB King has died. The legendary blues guitarist passed away Thursday in Las Vegas, his attorney confirmed. He was 89 years old. Riley B. King was born to sharecropper parents on a cotton plantation in Mississippi in 1925. Learning the fundamentals of the blues from his mother’s cousin and blues legend, Bukka White, King began his career in music as early as twelve years old, when he got his first guitar. In his earliest days as a musician, King also disc jockeyed at WDIA, earning the nickname Beale Street Blues Boy, eventually whittling down to Blues Boy before becoming the more familiar B.B. With a playing style that borrowed from the likes of legendary bluesmen such as T-Bone Walker and Blind Lemon Jefferson, King adapted those men’s styles, integrating string bends and a left-hand vibrato that resulted in a focused yet complex sonic signature akin to vocal-like inflections. Over time, his style of playing would become one of the most identifiable styles in the medium and an...
music  blues  RIP 
may 2015 by rgl7194
B.B. King left us with one last reminder of his greatness
B.B. King didn’t have to do this. Didn’t have to experiment with hipster roots producer T. Bone Burnett, New Orleans pianist Dr. John and others on the superlative One Kind Favor, released seven years before his passing at age 89 on May 14, 2015. B.B. King didn’t have to get off a never-ending love-in tour that seemed to draw continuous sellouts of enraptured fans — all perfectly satisfied to be the how-many-ever-millionth customer to sing along with “The Thrill is Gone.” B.B. King could have done what most guys his age are doing nowadays: Put out an overhyped, but essentially soul-free album of duets featuring a head-scratching phalanx of with-it stars like, I don’t know, Kid Rock and Jessica Simpson, then run a rut to the check-cashing place. Instead, B.B. King opened himself up creatively and, in some ways, even musically (since he’s always been more known for a polished, citified sophistication) in the still-stirring winter of his justly legendary career. One Kind Favor was like...
music  blues  RIP 
may 2015 by rgl7194
B.B. King dead at 89 - Classic Rock
Last King Of The Blues passes away in his sleep at home Blues great B.B. King has died at the age of 89 after being ill for some time, it’s been confirmed. His lawyer Brent Bryson reported that he died peacefully in his sleep at home in Las Vegas. Born Riley B. King in 1925, he was known as one of the Three Kings Of Blues Guitar alongside Albert King (1923-1992) and Freddie King (1934-1976). His single-string vibrato style, influenced by Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, is said to have influenced most of the guitarists who followed him. King’s career began in 1943 as a guitarist with the Famous St John’s Quartet in his home state of Mississippi. He later played with Bukka White in Tennessee before starting solo work in Arkansas in 1948. He was soon a regular DJ on Tennessee radio, using the name Blues Boy, which led to his onstage monicker. His first record was launched in 1949 before he signed with RMP Records and worked with producer Sam Phillips. His first hit was...
music  blues  RIP 
may 2015 by rgl7194
Eric Clapton Forever Man interview pt2 In the Studio
This portion of my in-depth interview with Eric Clapton is gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, yet ultimately life affirming. It finds the acclaimed musician successfully in recovery after more than twenty years of substance abuse, experiencing a spiritual rebirth that can only be described as miraculous; his musical career at an all time high; and then the most tragic of personal losses with the accidental death of his toddler, Conor, threatening to test it all like a modern day Old Testament Job. Additionally Eric Clapton reveals a surprising humility and lack of certainty when discussing his desire to explore the outer boundaries of the blues while respecting its core absolute values, and how his long storied list of artistic collaborations with other big-name artists clear back to Blind Faith with Steve Winwood, Derek and the Dominoes with Duane Allman, and more recently J.J.Cale, Tina Turner, B.B.King, Robert Cray, and others is by no means a no brainer. “It’s tough doing that stuff...
music  podcast  redbeard  interview  clapton  blues  yardbirds  cream 
may 2015 by rgl7194
Eric Clapton Forever Man interview Tears in Heaven In the Studio
This exclusive interview with Eric Clapton covers a lot of ground simply because no matter what era or decade you pick since 1965, EC was there in a remarkably consistent, influential way: John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers; Yardbirds; Cream; Blind Faith with Steve Winwood; Derek and the Dominos with Duane Allman. And yet he has made a long string of mostly highly-regarded solo albums as well dating back to his first in 1970. Friends and musical peers including George Harrison, Pete Townshend, and Phil Collins helped to revitalize Clapton’s career through periods of drug abuse and turbulent love affairs in the early Seventies and again in the mid-Eighties. This is part one of my two-part career-spanning interview with EC in which he discusses the thirty year period covered by the new mult-disc anthology Forever Man, exploring such topics as trading in his longtime band on 1985’s Behind the Sun sessions for a West Coast group of studio all-stars headed up by fellow Brit Phil Collins; his...
music  podcast  redbeard  interview  clapton  blues  yardbirds  cream 
april 2015 by rgl7194
Gallows Pole by Led Zeppelin Songfacts
This is based on an old Blues song called "Gallis Pole," which was popularized by Leadbelly. The song is considered "Traditional," meaning the author is unknown. Jimmy Page got the idea for this after hearing the version by the California folk singer Fred Gerlach. Page explained when previewing the song for Melody Maker: "He was one of the first white people on Folkways records to get involved in Leadbelly. We have completely rearranged it and changed the verse. Robert wrote a set of new lyrics. That's John Paul Jones on mandolin and bass, and I'm playing the banjo, six-string acoustic, 12-string and electric guitar. The bloke swinging on the gallows pole is saying wait for his relatives to arrive. The drumming builds nicely." (thanks, Jason Lee - New York, NY) The lyrics are about a man trying to delay his hanging until his friends and family can rescue him. Although there are many versions of this song, Led Zeppelin's is unusual in that it ends with the hangman hanging the...
music  blues  ledzep  70s 
march 2015 by rgl7194
Hangman - The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection - Missouri State University
VERSE 1 Slack your rope, hangman Slack it for awhile I think I see my Father comin' Ridin' for many a mile Have you brought me hope? Or have you paid my fee? Or have you come to see me Hangin', from th gallows tree? I have not brought you hope I have not paid your fee Yes, I have come to see you Hangin', from th gallows tree VERSE 2 Slack your rope, hangman Slack it for awhile I think I see my Mother comin' Ridin' for many a mile Have you brought me hope? Or have you paid my fee? Or have you come to see me Hangin' from th gallows tree? I have not brought you hope I have not paid your fee Yes, I have come to see you Hangin' from th gallows tree VERSE 3 Slack your rope, hangman Slack it for awhile I think I see my Brother comin' Ridin' for many a mile Have you brought me hope? Or have you paid my fee? Or have you come to see me Hangin' from th gallows tree? I have not brought you hope I have not paid your fee Yes, I have come to see you Hangin' from th gallows tree VERSE 4 Slack your...
music  blues  70s 
march 2015 by rgl7194
Hangman - The Max Hunter Folk Song Collection - Missouri State University
VERSE 1 Hangman, hangman, hangman Slack your rope awhile I think I see my Father Comin' across th mile VERSE 2 Father, did you bring me any silver Father, did you bring me any gold Or, Father did you come to see me Hangin' from th gallows pole Hangin' from th gallows pole VERSE 3 No, I didn't bring you any silver No, I didn't bring you any gold And yes, I did come to see you Hangin' from th gallows pole Hangin' from th gallows pole VERSE 4 Hangman, hangman, hangman Slack your rope awhile I think I see my Mother Comin' across th mile VERSE 5 Mother, did you bring me any silver Mother, did you bring me any gold Or, Mother did you come to see me Hangin' from th gallows pole Hangin' from th gallows pole VERSE 6 No, I didn't bring you any silver No, I didn't bring you any gold And yes, I did come to see you Hangin' from th gallows pole Hangin' from th gallows pole VERSE 7 Hangman, hangman, hangman Slack your rope awhile I think I see my sweetheart Comin' across th mile VERSE 8 Sweetheart...
music  blues  60s 
march 2015 by rgl7194
Jimmy Page in The Blues Magazine: Out Now
Issue 20 of The Blues features the guitar icon on his discovery of John Lee Hooker and Howlin' Wolf In an exclusive interview, the hard riff icon talks about…
music  blues  magazine  jimmy_page  interview 
march 2015 by rgl7194
Eric Clapton's 'Me and Mr. Johnson' made the case for British blues
The next statement I make isn’t gonna win a lot of friends and influence in the rock music fan world but, well … here goes nothin': I’ve never liked British blues all that much. John Mayall, the Yardbirds and all that. Yeah, they could play all right … but they just never hit the resonant frequency of my blues-music receptor cells. I do have to give some of them credit though. I mean, the Rolling Stones knew who Howlin’ Wolf was. The real thing. They got him on Shindig playin’ “How Many More Years.” It was a great and respectful move. Our own danged music and we’ve gotta get ‘introduced’ to it by a bunch of skinny, pale English dudes. Oh well, it wasn’t the last time that our culture would reject one of its own art forms. Same danged thing happened with modern jazz. Now, don’t get me wrong. I owned my share of Cream records. But: I am sure that I didn’t know that “Crossroads” had anything to do with Robert Johnson. Maybe Lester Bangs did a little ranting about that name, but I...
music  blues  clapton  2000s 
march 2015 by rgl7194
Jack White and Robert Plant perform Led Zeppelin’s “The Lemon Song” — watch | Consequence of Sound
Robert Plant previously expressed his desire to work alongside Jack White, and last night, we got our first look at the rock legends in action. The Led Zeppelin frontman was a surprise guest during White’s set at Lollapalooza Argentina. They performed Zeppelin’s “The Lemon Song”, and it was as awesome as you’d hope.
music  concert  ledzep  robert_plant  2010s  blues  jack_white 
march 2015 by rgl7194
Free Paul Rodgers interview All Right Now In the Studio Redbeard
(Sadly, we were preparing the 45th anniversary documentary interview for Free‘s Fire and Water album in June when we received word that Andy Fraser, bass player who as a teenager wrote and performed”All Right Now”, had passed away after a lengthy illness ) With the exception of B.B.King‘s Top 40 hit “The Thrill Is Gone”, most white Baby Boomer teenagers had gotten our limited exposure to the blues second-hand via young English bands such as Led Zeppelin. And even though the members of London-based Free were no older than me ( bass player Andy Fraser was a veteran of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers at 15 ), the sound of lead singer Paul Rodgers‘ voice and lead guitarist Paul Kossoff‘s crying sustained notes, in very sparse arrangements, really appealed to me. Drummer Simon Kirke would go on with Rodgers to found Bad Company by 1974, & Kossoff succumbed to the ravages of heroin addiction in 1976, but not before recording six Free studio albums containing “Woman”,”Fire and Water”,”Heavy...
music  podcast  interview  redbeard  free  blues  70s  RIP 
march 2015 by rgl7194
Free men lead Andy Fraser tributes - Classic Rock
Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke comment on death of bassist at 62 Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke have led tributes to former Free bandmate Andy Fraser, who died on Monday aged 62. His passing was confirmed last night. No cause of death has been reported, but he’d been dealing with AIDS and cancer for many years. Singer Rodgers said simply: “Losing Andy is very personal. No words. Sad day.” Drummer Kirke said: “Andy didn’t think of himself as a bass player, more a musician who could play anything to ‘get the thing going.’ When I last saw him he took me for a spin in his car, while he played some tracks he’d written. He’d played everything, but it was his singing that surprised me the most. “He was a consummate musician. A unique player. We will never see his like again.” Quireboys frontman Spike tells TeamRock of his shock just as his Spike’s Free House project was preparing to tour with Fraser. He says: “Andy was so looking forward to playing with Simon again and reviving those old Free...
music  free  blues  70s  RIP 
march 2015 by rgl7194
Rock Guitar Daily with Tony Conley: Andy Fraser - A Life Well Lived
As soon as I heard the news I teared up. Andy Fraser has died. I wasn't a close friend or a relative, but still I felt like I'd been punched in the gut right at my assemblage point. I walk into the living room and told my wife, and she turned nearly white in an instant. She didn't actually know Andy Fraser either, but she got it - she felt what I was feeling, and understood all that it meant. Andy Fraser was best known for his work as bassist and songwriter in the seminal British blues rock band, Free. Depending upon who's story you accept he wrote either most or all of their greatest hit, 'All Right Now'. He wrote their greatest riff with the brontosaurus bass line that defined 'Mr. Big'. He was an equal quarter of one of the greatest bands this planet has known, but he had left band by the time he was twenty. I vividly remember conversations with such great bassists as my friends Glenn Hughes and Carmine Rojas in which they spoke of the influence of Andy on their art, and for...
music  free  blues  70s  RIP 
march 2015 by rgl7194
R.I.P. Andy Fraser, Free bassist has died at the age of 62 | Consequence of Sound
Andy Fraser, bassist and co-founder of the English blues rock band Free, has died at the age of 62. He passed away at his home in California on Monday morning. Fraser had been living with AIDS and Karposi’s Sarcoma, a form of cancer, though a cause of death has not yet been confirmed. “Andrew McLan Fraser passed away on Monday at his home in California”, an official statement reads. “He leaves behind his daughters Hannah and Jasmine Fraser, and their mother Ri, his sister Gail, brothers Gavin and Alex, and many friends and associates in the industry.” Born in Paddington, England, Fraser began his music career at an early age, learning to play piano by the time he was five. As a teenager, he played as part of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers before forming Free with Paul Rodgers in 1968. Though the band was only together for a couple of years, it managed to achieve great success in the early ’70s, thanks to two Top 10 UK albums. Fire and Water, in particular, spawned the international hit...
music  free  blues  70s  RIP 
march 2015 by rgl7194
JJ Grey and Mofro, "Every Minute" from 'Ol' Glory' (2015)
After all this time, you expect JJ Grey and Mofro to hit you with a simmering gumbo of blues, rock, R&B, gospel, funk and folk — and “Every Minute,” from the group’s forthcoming album Ol’ Glory, doesn’t disappoint. What gives JJ Grey and Mofro its plangency, its lasting import, is the way all of that hearty musical goodness is wrapped around such personal narratives. The determinedly hopeful “Every Minute” begins in the back pew, with a soulful cry for grace in this life. As horns join the processional, the focus widens into a sermon about staying focused on the good that surrounds us. Soon, the Florida-based JJ Grey and Mofro are making an absolutely heavenly, cross-pollinated racket, like a bourbon tabernacle hootenanny. “Every Minute” unfolds as if discovered in a long-lost hymnal item, but then reanimated by the coolest group of Muscle Shoals cats you could scare up. Ol’ Glory, due February 25, 2015 as JJ Grey and Mofro’s debut for Provogue Records, looks to be dotted with such...
music  blues 
january 2015 by rgl7194
Lead Belly, "Been So Long [Bellevue Hospital Blues]" (2015): One Track Mind
He begins with a frank admission — “I make up songs as I go along” — before launching into that rarest of things, at this late date: A new tune from Lead Belly. In this case, a cracked but still resilient old acetate brings us back to a scary moment transformed by the legendary bluesman’s scampish, somehow still-intact sense of humor. Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, the Louisiana-born self-styled King of the 12 String, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 1949, just as he began to achieve some measure of wider fame. By December of that same year, Ledbetter was dead — having spent his final days in a sick bed. But he doesn’t lament that certain fate on “Been So Long [Bellevue Hospital Blues],” even while admitting that he had already lost the ability to walk. Instead, Lead Belly flirts with the first female doctor he’d ever seen, before turning his focus to a friendly nurse. You start out thinking he’s going to talk about his heartbreaking fate; he ends up joking about...
music  blues 
december 2014 by rgl7194
Fricke's Picks Radio: Remembering Jack Bruce by rsedit
3:54 1. Train Time The Graham Bond Organisation 2:54 2. I Feel Free - BBC Sessions Cream 3:40 3. Never Tell Your Mother She's Out Of Tune Jack Bruce 3:33 4. Things We Like Jack Bruce 4:23 5. As You Said Cream 3:28 6. Theme For An Imaginary Western Jack Bruce 4:21 7. To Whom It May Concern - Them Tony Williams 1:33 8. Can You Follow Jack Bruce 6:13 Jack Bruce 4:40 10. Out Into The Fields West, Bruce & Laing 3:43 11. Keep It Down Jack Bruce 4:31 12. Nancy - The Silence Focuses on You... Jack Bruce, Steve Swallow, John Scofield 3:21 13. Weird of Hermiston Jack Bruce 3:18 14. HEY NOW PRINCESS Jack Bruce 3:40 15. Industrial Child Jack Bruce 15:16 16. Sweet Wine - Live Cream
music  streaming  playlist  cream  blues  classic_rock  RIP 
november 2014 by rgl7194
Fricke's Picks Radio: Remembering Jack Bruce, the Deep Tracks
Singer, bassist and songwriter Jack Bruce, who died on October 25th at 71, spent a microscopic part of his life in the power trio, Cream: from the summer of…
music  streaming  playlist  cream  blues  classic_rock  RIP 
november 2014 by rgl7194
Kurt Cobain and Mark Lanegan’s short-lived Leadbelly tribute band | Dangerous Minds
Before either of their bands achieved major national prominence, Screaming Trees’ Mark Lanegan and Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain were briefly members of a tribute band honoring the great blues artist Leadbelly. The band, called “The Jury,” was ill-documented, but it’s been mentioned in passing in numerous articles, like this one in the old Seattle music mag The Rocket. That’s also how he [Lanegan] describes the events that led to his two highly-acclaimed solo albums on Sub Pop. He says the solo records came out of some work he was doing with his close friend Kurt Cobain, and that he felt it was pretentious to release a solo album. “It happened because Kurt and I were going to do this thing—with Krist Novoselic and Mark Pickerel—of Leadbelly covers. And that just kind of fell apart. But Pickerel and Jonathan Poneman kind of dreamt up the idea of doing the solo thing. I had some demos that I’d been working on and a bunch of demos I’d done with Kurt, that I never really gave him credit for.”...
music  blues  lanegan 
november 2014 by rgl7194
Video of Johnny Winter's final session finds him in legendary form
In a performance that has since taken on incredible emotional weight, Johnny Winter gives an energetic new reading to Son House’s darkly resonant “Death Letter” — completing what would be his last studio recording. This newly released video offers fans a concluding glimpse of a legend at work, performing a solo resonator version on February 4, 2013, that’s dominated by Winter’s sense of hard-won experience. His opening comment — a simple “Ready?” — says all you need to say about the deep well of knowledge that Winter brought to this cover. “Death Letter” would become one of the few solo-only moments of Winter’s brand-new, guest-packed album Step Back, released in September. That followed a career-spanning box, appropriately called True to the Blues, and a 2011 comeback album Roots. All of it pointed to a career resurgence that, sadly, never came for Winter — who died suddenly this summer at 70, while on tour. The video also offers intimate glimpses into Winter’s life through those...
music  blues  2010s  RIP 
october 2014 by rgl7194
Cream detail 6LP box set - Classic Rock
Cream have confirmed details of a career-spanning 6-LP vinyl box set due out next month. Rock's first supergroup release Cream: 1966-1972 on November 24 via Universal Music. It includes the band’s four studio and two live sets reissued with reproductions of original artwork on 180-gram heavyweight audiophile vinyl. Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker roared onto the scene in 1966 with Fresh Cream, introducing a sonic hybrid of blues rock, hard rock and burgeoning psychedelic rock with jazz-influenced drumming. Disreali Gears arrived in late 1967 and was followed nine months later by the double-album Wheels Of Fire, issued at the same time as the group announced plans to break up after a US tour. Cream played two farewell concerts at Royal Albert Hall in November 1968 to close out their career. The band’s aptly-titled fourth album, 1969’s Goodbye, signalled the end of an era and was followed by two live releases – 1970’s Live Cream and 1972’s Live Cream Volume II. Both were...
music  cream  blues  60s  70s  box_set  clapton 
october 2014 by rgl7194
Rock Guitar Daily with Tony Conley: Spike - 100% Pure Frankie Miller - Molten Rock 'N' Soul Gold, 2014's Best?
Rock Ain’t Near Dead….not even close, not as long as there’s new records like this. In which, Spike of The Quireboys goes solo with a set of never before heard…
music  blues  2010s 
september 2014 by rgl7194
One Track Mind: Mike Zito with Sonny Landreth, “Fortunate Son” from Blues Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival (2014)
As Sonny Landreth’s serpentine guitar curls around the familiar Creedence Clearwater Revival beat, “Fortune Son” comes roaring to life once more. And that’s before Mike Zito’s road-rash of vocal comes charging in. Such are the rough-hewn joys of A Blues Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival, a note-perfect idea from Cleopatra Records. After all, John Fogerty’s gritty swamp rock was built upon four pylons of blues-kissed soul in the first place. Elsewhere, the set includes Duke Robillard’s “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” Louisiana Leroux’s “Looking Out My Back Door,” and Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King’s “Run Thorugh the Jungle,” among others. Still, I kept coming back to this first song, to this moment when A Blues Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival made its initial case with such a definitive growl. “Fortunate Son” remains a scorching indictment, of course, because we still fight wars on the backs of the poor. Every bit of that original impetus, that flinty anger, returns as...
music  blues  70s  classic_rock 
august 2014 by rgl7194
Deep Cuts: The Yardbirds, “The Sun Is Shining” from Where the Action Is! (1966)
Recorded at the BBC and included on … Where The Action Is!, a two-disc set released in 2000, “The Sun Is Shining” captures the Yardbirds in their element with jaw-dropping results. Featuring an incredibly rare lead vocal performance from Jeff Beck, whose gruff and gritty pipes are suitably articulated for the Elmore James composition, the Yardbirds are clearly enjoying themselves as they grind their way through the brooding blues tune. Blistering licks, dense and durable drumming, emotion-heavy expressions, and a stunning sense of space and sound make the track the wondrous work-out that it is. It’s easy to hear the birth of Led Zeppelin (the group latter day Yardbirds guitarist Jimmy Page founded for those not versed in rock and roll history) on “The Sun Is Shining,” which is an extremely close kin of Willie Dixon’s “You Shook Me,” a song Led Zeppelin recycled a la Yardbirds style for their self-titled debut album. A winning ode to the band’s heritage, “The Sun Is Shining” examines...
music  yardbirds  60s  blues  bbc 
april 2014 by rgl7194
Deep Cuts: The Yardbirds, “New York City Blues” from Greatest Hits (1966)
Composed by Yardbirds lead singer Keith Relf and rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja, “New York City Blues” was nestled on the B-side of “Shapes Of Things,” which reached the No. 11 position on the charts in the spring of 1966. “New York City Blues” (Epic Records) did not appear on an album until 1967, when it was included on the band’s first Greatest Hits collection, but has since been digitally reissued on a few occasions. Out of all the bands born of the British Invasion, the Yardbirds were easily the bluesiest of the bunch. Citing folks like Muddy Waters, Leadbelly, John Lee Hooker, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Bo Diddley as main mentors, the band assumed these inspirations and modified them in a highly revolutionary context. A forward-thinking band from pillar to post, the Yardbirds soon expanded their repertoire to even greater degrees. It’s no stretch to say they invented psychedelic music, progressive rock, and heavy metal before such classifications existed.
music  yardbirds  blues  60s 
march 2014 by rgl7194
Greg 'Stackhouse' Prevost Official Website - Meet Me
-1973-1974: DJ’d at college, WJFR-FM. Played 60’s punk 45’s, blues and then current glam bands.
prevost  music  rochester  blues  60s  70s 
february 2014 by rgl7194
Paul Rodgers – The Royal Sessions (2014)
In a way, The Royal Sessions project is an enraptured testament to soul that Paul Rodgers has always been destined to release. His whiskey-splashed rasp was simply made for this kind of thing, even as his songs betokened a foundational love for gritty R&B. But that embedded passion often found itself awash in other, more contemporary sounds — the heavy riffs of Bad Company, the sleek corporate feel of the Firm, the outsized stadium rock of Queen. The Royal Sessions (due February 4, 2014 via Pie/429 Records) stripped all of that away, leaving Rodgers to front a grease-popping house band of long-time Memphis sidemen, guys who played on the original sides featuring Al Green and the like. His gift, taken perhaps for granted after so many permutations away from these core influences, is revealed anew. For proof, look no further than Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” as gutsy as choice as Rodgers could have made. The song was a monumental triumph for Redding — a nearly...
music  blues  review 
february 2014 by rgl7194
Best of 2013, No.6: Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood – Black Pudding - 6 Days From Tomorrow
As an aside before I even start (is that even possible?), a plea to EP manufacturers worldwide: label your speeds! The Record Store Day EP that preceded this album back in April features a couple of fascinating reworkings of Cold Molly, not least the one appearing courtesy of the Soulsavers. As the needle hit the groove (as is the parlance of the young folk these days), I sat there thinking “this is great – sounds a bit like Jesus Of Nothing” before realisation dawned with the arriving vocals that this was an EP pressed at 45rpm and not 33 and a bit. Try this at home, it’s startling. For a short while anyway, as it gets a bit odd. You’d never get this sort of entertainment with CDs, etc. Onto business, and I always find it interesting to discover that Time does weird things to music. Anyone’s understanding of their listening to one thing (or at least my own) is always going to be linked to a whole host of things that have been heard before as the brain searches for patterns and...
music  blues  2010s  review  lanegan 
december 2013 by rgl7194
MUSIC FEATURE: Greg "Stackhouse" Prevost | Music Features | Rochester City Newspaper
Anticipation ran high amongst the glitterati and the black-clad hoi polloi as Rochester rocker Greg Prevost mounted the Skylark Lounge stage in his high-heeled shoes. A few in the joint had laid ears on his new bluesy solo disc, "Mississippi Murderer," but most were in the dark, not knowing what to expect on this chilly late March evening. That included Prevost, who felt slightly out of his element. "I hadn't performed in four years," he says. "It was a full house, I was sitting down, I was kind of scared. But I just started ripping into it." What followed was an eardrum-shattering, soul-shaking battle between Prevost's Jagger swagger and wail and his guitar's primal scream. It physically hurt. Audience members could feel it in their molars. But nobody left. That's because, beneath the cacophony and ensuing nose bleeds lurked some incredibly bodacious gut-bucket blues. It was just the right amount of too much, not enough, and just right. But you've got to hear the record.
music  prevost  2010s  blues  review 
november 2013 by rgl7194
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