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  • AXS TV's 'Paul Shaffer Plus One' sneak peek: Buddy Guy talks learning 'Boogie Chillen'

    AXS TV's 'Paul Shaffer Plus One' sneak peek: Buddy Guy talks learning 'Boogie Chillen'

    AXS TV’s original interview series “Paul Shaffer Plus One” returns on Sunday, Oct. 20 with legendary blues guitarist and singer, Buddy Guy. The all-new episode airs at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. In a sneak peek video clip of the episode, Guy tells host Paul Shaffer about the first time he played John Lee...
  • The Marcus King Band announces 2019 New Year’s run and new album, 'El Dorado'

    The Marcus King Band announces 2019 New Year’s run and new album, 'El Dorado'

    The five-man blues-rock collective The Marcus King Band has announced a special 4-night run of Georgia shows to celebrate New Year's Eve. The holiday run — dubbed Georgia On MKB's Mind — will feature live performances from their chart-topping discography as well as new music from Marcus King's Dan...
  • Michael Kiwanuka announces 2020 North American dates in support of 'Kiwanuka'

    Michael Kiwanuka announces 2020 North American dates in support of 'Kiwanuka'

    Ugandan, multi-instrumentalist, Michael Kiwanuka, is preparing to head stateside to perform his upcoming album, Kiwanuka, in a 2020 tour. The "Cold Little Heart" singer will kick off his 2020 North American tour in late January and make stops in cities like Los Angeles (Tickets), Seattle (Tickets...
  • Joe Bonamassa performs onstage during Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea V. The floating festival, presented by Sixthman, sailed from Tampa, Flo

    How Sixthman has redefined the festival experience

    Every day it seems as if a new lineup of artists is announced to play some larger-than-life music festival, offering up a “unique” experience to concertgoers. Certain events focus on genre (you’ve got your Stagecoach and Rocklahoma types), while others (such as Coachella) offer an eclectic mix of...
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    Top 6 moments from Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea V

    From Feb. 25-March 1, making its way from Tampa to Grand Cayman, the Norwegian Pearl set sail on a mission: to prove that blues music is alive and well. In its fifth year, once again, blues-rock superstar and two-time GRAMMY-nominated virtuoso, Joe Bonamassa, teamed up with Sixthman (the premier...
  • 5 best John Mayer music videos

    5 best John Mayer music videos

    John Mayer’s musical roots are steeped heavily in blues guitar, with the Connecticut-native musician frequently citing icons like Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan among his chief artistic influences. The “Why Georgia” singer channeled his musical heroes and quickly grabbed attention in the Atlantic...
  • Grace Askew completes 365 songs a day challenge

    Grace Askew completes 365 songs a day challenge

    Indie singer-songwriter Grace Askew completed 365 days of music on Dec. 31. Every day in 2018, she composed and performed a new original song. In 2017, the "bluntry" artist (blues + country), as Askew liked to call herself, released a few music videos for "Warrior," "Coyote Love" and "Proof." While...
  • Top 13 best blues bassists

    Top 13 best blues bassists

    “I’m all about that bass!” Meghan Trainor had a fun hit with her song about music’s rumbling low end, an important component of most popular music. Whether they’re playing a chunky rhythm, laying down a seductive groove or standing in the spotlight reeling off a solo, bass players do not always get...
  • Top 13 best blues guitarists

    Top 13 best blues guitarists

    Guitars play a major role in most styles of music, and the blues is a genre that loves its guitars. Whether they’re playing a raucous celebratory solo, tuning in to a slinky back alley melody during a cheating song or riffing rhythmically for a dance floor burner, guitars have an indispensable role...
  • Buddy Guy to receive honor in Louisiana hometown

    Buddy Guy to receive honor in Louisiana hometown

    Legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy is set to be honored in his hometown of Lettsworth, Louisiana--where he was born in Pointe Coupee Parish--for his “achievements and contributions to the blues,” as The Advocate reports.  The Buddy Guy Commemoration Ceremony--taking place on Saturday, Dec. 8--will...
  • Top 13 best blues drummers

    Top 13 best blues drummers

    There are lots of blues songs that are downtempo, that play out with a slow burn that may feature lyrics about a lost love, about being broke and downtrodden, about how the thrill is gone. But a visit to any blues club reveals that much of the blues music that fans are so rabid about is fast-paced...
  • Jazz Aspen Snowmass: Complete event guide and schedule for 2019 JAS Cafe

    Jazz Aspen Snowmass: Complete event guide and schedule for 2019 JAS Cafe

    Jazz Aspen Snowmass has announced another world-class lineup for their JAS Cafe Winter Series. The 2018-19 JAS Cafe Winter Series kicks off on Dec. 21 with shows taking place at the Cooking School of Aspen and Downstairs at The Little Nell where you can enjoy candlelit performances with amazing...
  • Top 13 best blues singers

    Top 13 best blues singers

    Singing the blues. It’s not something that just any singer can pull off. And while the genre is often thought of as songs about hard times, the fact is there are plenty of blues songs that celebrate the joyous things in life. Here’s a list of 13 outstanding blues singers. Some of these folks are no...
  • Interview: Eric Bibb talks about new album 'Global Griot' and Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea cruise

    Interview: Eric Bibb talks about new album 'Global Griot' and Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea cruise

    It’s not always easy to find the right words to describe what a musician is all about. In the case of singer, songwriter and guitar player Eric Bibb, "roots musician" and "bluesman" come to mind first. But Bibb himself has offered perhaps the best synopsis of his oeuvre with the African word “griot...
  • Interview: Larkin Poe talks about new album 'Venom & Faith' and Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea cruise

    Interview: Larkin Poe talks about new album 'Venom & Faith' and Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea cruise

    Fans of earthy roots rock and blues haven’t had to look too far this year for a fun time; they’ve only needed to check social media to find out where Rebecca and Megan Lovell, better known as Larkin Poe, are performing. And they’ve been performing everywhere. The sisters have been on the road with...
  • Ana Popovic announces show at The National in Richmond

    Ana Popovic announces show at The National in Richmond

    Ana Popovic is a musician who represents her country well. Popovic was born on Belgrad, and it was her dad who showed her the art of playing the blues. In 1995 she formed her own band, Hush. She would be part of that band until 1999 when she embarked on a solo career. 11 albums later, Popovic has...
  • Peter Frampton will join Joe Bonamassa on the Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea cruise in 2019

    Peter Frampton will join Joe Bonamassa on the Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea cruise in 2019

    The initial line up for Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea: Mediterranean has been announced and it is a dandy that includes the likes of acoustic blues specialist Eric Bibb, roots rockin’ sisters Larkin Poe and fabled rock star Peter Frampton. Presented by music cruise specialists...
  • Listen: Buddy Guy remakes Rolling Stones' ‘Heartbreaker’ with Mick Jagger on Stones tribute album

    Listen: Buddy Guy remakes Rolling Stones' ‘Heartbreaker’ with Mick Jagger on Stones tribute album

    The Rolling Stones have an obvious passion for the blues, so Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger and Keith Richards didn't need much convincing to work with two of their favorite blues artists for the Rolling Stones blues tribute album. Chicago Plays the Stones  is set for release Sept. 14 on Raisin...
  • Joanne Shaw Taylor will plug in on tour this Fall.

    Interview: Guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor talks reissues, U.S. tour

    Cleveland’s Music Box Supper Club will be serving extra sizzle and spice next Wednesday, Aug. 22, when British-born guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor plays the riverside concert hall on The Flats’ west bank. Taylor’s cut several independent solo albums, whose hot licks and Stevie Ray Vaughan-like riffs...
  • Pete Roche

    5 reasons to see George Thorogood in concert

    “Hot damn, here I am!” George Thorogood greeted a packed Hard Rock last night (Aug. 5) in Northfield, Ohio. The 68-year old “Bad to the Bone” guitarist has been playing with his Destroyers band for forty years now, and (judging from his Sunday evening blowout) evinces no signs of slowing down...
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