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  • Popa Chubby blends rock, soul and blues on 'Two Dogs'

    Popa Chubby blends rock, soul and blues on 'Two Dogs'

    Popa Chubby is generally known as a blues artist and with good reason. He's a fine blues guitarist and vocalist. His new album Two Dogs is based in the blues, but it has many other aspects too. You get a good dose of one of the other aspects of the album in the opening track "It's Alright". This...
  • Jim Byrnes sings soulful blues on 'Long Hot Summer Nights'

    Jim Byrnes sings soulful blues on 'Long Hot Summer Nights'

    One of the great things about music is that you never know when or from where your next good discovery will come. It might even come from an American-born Canadian singer-songwriter who has won six Juno awards and starred on television shows. On the new album Long Hot Summer Nights, Jim Byrnes shows...
  • 'Death and The Blues' by Mark 'Porkchop' Holder: essential slide guitar

    'Death and The Blues' by Mark 'Porkchop' Holder: essential slide guitar

    Mark "Porkchop" Holder was one of the founding members of Black Diamond Heavies. He recently launched a solo career and has shown himself to be not only a prolific artist but also a very good blues musician. He gives another heavy dose of the blues on his new album Death and the Blues - Holder's...
  • Tom Walbank

    Interview: Tucson’s blues man, Tom Walbank remains true to his vision

    Tucson is not necessarily considered one of the country’s music meccas. That said, over the years, Tucson has been home to Linda Ronstadt and more recently Calexico. The music scene is vibrant with many talented singers and musicians. One very well known blues man in Tucson is Tom Walbank. When...
  • Albert Castiglia provides good-time blues on 'Up All Night'

    Albert Castiglia provides good-time blues on 'Up All Night'

    The blues started as a way for singers to express their sorrow and hardships. While that element still remains, a lot of blues is now good-time music. On the new album Up All Night Albert Castiglia is a good example of some good-time blues. If you like slide guitar, "95 South" is a song you'll enjoy...
  • Andra Day confronts racism in America with cover of Billie Holiday’s ‘Strange Fruit’

    Andra Day confronts racism in America with cover of Billie Holiday’s ‘Strange Fruit’

    Andra Day’s 2015 Grammy-nominated hit, “Rise Up” has become an anthem of strength and perseverance to millions of people around the world. Day however, looks to other artists who came before to help find her own means of resilience when times get tough. One of those artists would be the late jazz...
  • Ryan Smith

    At 81, Buddy Guy still has that blues magic

    He opened up with "Damn Right I've Got the Blues," a song that's now over a quarter century old, and was released when he was already a seasoned veteran in his mid-50s. But it's about as good a summation of any of his career and his staying power, as octogenarian guitar great Buddy Guy took the...
  • Savoy Brown still has it on the new album 'Witchy Feelin''

    Savoy Brown still has it on the new album 'Witchy Feelin''

    When you think about bands that have been together for a long time, Savoy Brown may not be the first name that comes to mind. That being said, the band has been making music together for more than 50 years. That is impressive enough. Just as impressive is the fact that even after all these years...
  • On 'Controlled Burn' Paradise Kings has the blues, and that's a good thing

    On 'Controlled Burn' Paradise Kings has the blues, and that's a good thing

    The blues has evolved over time. In the past, it was largely people singing about their troubles. Perhaps Bleeding Gums Murphy summed it up best on The Simpsons when he said, "The blues isn't about feeling better. It's about making other people worse. Modern blues is really the opposite. It's about...
  • The Barr Brothers to tour North America this fall

    The Barr Brothers to tour North America this fall

    On July 18, Canadian folk-blues act The Barr Brothers announced that they will be staging a large North American tour this fall. Although the extraordinarily talented trio has not yet revealed plans to release a follow up to 2015’s excellent Alta Falls, the fact that the band has spent most of this...
  • Boogie with King James & The Special Men on 'Act Like You Know'

    Boogie with King James & The Special Men on 'Act Like You Know'

    One thing you can say about music from New Orleans is that it is good for getting people moving. King James and The Special Men will definitely get you moving with the New Orleans blues on the new album Act like You Know. This EP kicks off with "Special Man Boogie". The boogie piano in this song is...
  • Jeffrey Halford and The Healers mix blues and alt-country on 'Lo-Fi Dreams'

    Jeffrey Halford and The Healers mix blues and alt-country on 'Lo-Fi Dreams'

    Some people have a knack for telling a story in song. It doesn't take long on the new album Lo-Fi Dreams to realize that Jeffrey Halford is one of those songwriters with a knack for telling a good story. In this song, Halford sings about a corduroy jacket with abalone buttons that is found in a...
  • 'Songs from the Road' by Andy Frasco & The U.N. is a party album

    'Songs from the Road' by Andy Frasco & The U.N. is a party album

    If you've ever seen Andy Frasco & The U.N. (live or on video), you know that the band puts on an unparalleled live show. It is full of energy, dancing, tuba battles and copious amounts of drinking. In other words, it is pure rock and roll (yes, even with a tuba). It's fitting then that the band...
  • Chicago Blues Festival headliners include William Bell, Gary Clark Jr. and more

    Chicago Blues Festival headliners include William Bell, Gary Clark Jr. and more

    The 34th Chicago Blues Festival is happening this weekend, June 9-11, 2017, at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago. The great Chicago Blues Festival is a huge event that is free to attend. There will be various stages of entertainment, and food and beverages will be available for purchase at...
  • The California Honeydrops announce 2017 summer and fall dates

    The California Honeydrops announce 2017 summer and fall dates

    Bay Area-based roots quintet The California Honeydrops have revealed a slew of dates for the summer and fall of 2017, including headlining gigs and festival plays throughout the country. The California Honey Drops summer schedule gets kicked off on June 9 with a show at  Presqu’ile Winery in Santa...
  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy among bands at Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Fest

    Big Bad Voodoo Daddy among bands at Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Fest

    Here's a pop quiz for you, loyal reader. What's your favorite kind of dance music? Did any of you say zydeco? Even if you didn't, zydeco is undeniably good for dancing. It is infectious music and it is hard to remain still when you listen to zydeco. Whether you're a fan of zydeco or you just want...
  • Premiere: Kyle T. Hurley shares new single, 'Completely Clarissa's Crimes'

    Premiere: Kyle T. Hurley shares new single, 'Completely Clarissa's Crimes'

    Rock and blues musician, Kyle T. Hurley, has recently released his second album, KTH II. Hurley has many stories to tell through his music, blending genre lines, and receiving heavy inspiration from 90s grunge music mixed with a variety of country music styles. He's previously premiered his music on...
  • Watch: Nas and Jack White cover blues song from 1928 in clip from 'American Epic'

    Watch: Nas and Jack White cover blues song from 1928 in clip from 'American Epic'

    PBS recently released a clip of the upcoming series on the early days of recorded sound, “American Epic.” Jack White, T Bone Burnett and Robert Redford executive produced the three-part documentary series, recording project and feature film. In the clip, Jack White and hip-hop legend Nas team up for...
  • The Hooten Hallers show mad genius on eponymous album

    The Hooten Hallers show mad genius on eponymous album

    Some bands deserve a lot of credit for not allowing themselves to be pigeonholed into one genre. The Hooten Hallers is one of those bands, and you don't need to listen to a lot of the band's self-titled album to realize that this band defies easy categorization. "Charla" kicks off the album, and it...
  • Amadou & Mariam plot U.S. summer tour dates

    Amadou & Mariam plot U.S. summer tour dates

    North America will have another chance to witness the rich rock, pop, Afro-blues sounds of the Grammy- nominated husband and wife duo Amadou & Mariam. The Malian couple isn't your average singing group, however. The two are both blind and over 50 years in age, and against all odds, touring the...
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