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  • Devon Allman

    Interview: Devon Allman talks music, tour and family

    Devon Allman has cut his own path in the music business in spite of being the son of the legendary Gregg Allman. Allman has played in several bands most notably the Royal Southern Brotherhood and founding member of Honeytribe. His immense talent as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist can now be...
  • Buddy Guy's 'The Blues Is Alive and Well' album features Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck; more 2018 tour dates announc

    Buddy Guy's 'The Blues Is Alive and Well' album features Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck; more 2018 tour dates announced

    The year 2018 is shaping up to be a busy year for Grammy-winning blues legend Buddy Guy. Not only is he on tour for most of the year, but his album The Blues Is Alive and Well comes out June 15 on Silvertone/RCA Records. The album features guest appearances from Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger...
  • 'Blue Mesa' by Luke Winslow-King: modern, yet classic blues

    'Blue Mesa' by Luke Winslow-King: modern, yet classic blues

    Blues has been around for a long time. While it may not be as popular at it once was, good blues records are still being made. Luke Winslow-King proves that with his new album Blue Mesa. Lots of songs have been written with various adjectives to describe women. Winslow-King has a song called...
  • Taj Mahal, Los Lobos, Avett Brothers among stars coming to the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival

    Taj Mahal, Los Lobos, Avett Brothers among stars coming to the Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival

    The line-up has been announced for this year’s Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival and as always it is overflowing with a selection of top roots music performers. Set to take place in Stephens Lake Park in Columbia, Missouri Sept. 28-30, the roster features big names like folk-rock darlings the Avett...
  •  Harry Connick Jr. announces select June 2018 dates

    Harry Connick Jr. announces select June 2018 dates

    As noted in a recent press release, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Harry Connick, Jr. will be bringing a taste of the Big Easy to the City of Brotherly Love this summer. On June 16, Connick will come to Philadelphia’s Mann Center for the Performing Arts for “A New Orleans Tricentennial...
  • Ben Harper at the 2017 Beale Street Music Festival

    Interview: Ben Harper talks new album with Charlie Musselwhite and more

    Singer, songwriter, record producer and activist are but a few of the accomplishments that Ben Harper is credited. Harper does all of these jobs exceptionally well. Harper’s songs are described as cinematic story telling while his vocals and his guitar playing are astounding. Harper has managed to...
  • Watch: Buddy Guy launches spring tour with performance of Hendrix’s ‘Red House’ on ‘Kimmel’

    Watch: Buddy Guy launches spring tour with performance of Hendrix’s ‘Red House’ on ‘Kimmel’

    There are few guitarists left in the realm of mainstream music who have a true understanding of the influence and impact th late Jimi Hendrix left behind for blues musicians. Guitar legend Buddy Guy is one of those select few. The 81-year-old blues guitarist brought his soulful sound and style to...
  • Watch Dries Van Haute's evocative music video for 'Games'

    Watch Dries Van Haute's evocative music video for 'Games'

    To promote his new Blue Roses EP, electronic/soul artist Dries Van Haute has released a music video for his song “Games.” Directed by Frank Luckas, the video is an abstract interpretation of the song’s lyrics, which concerns an initially loving relationship that turns toxic. In it, Zachée Ntambe...
  • Ghalia and Mama's Boys play pure blues on 'Let the Demons Out'

    Ghalia and Mama's Boys play pure blues on 'Let the Demons Out'

    Blues music may not be as prominent as it once was, but that doesn't mean that there is a lack of good blues available. Ghalia and Mama's Boys (with Ghalia Vauthier from Belgium on lead vocals) prove that the blues is alive and well on the new album Let the Demons Out.  We've all indulged in some...
  • Watch: Hamish Anderson's heartbreaking music video for 'U'

    Watch: Hamish Anderson's heartbreaking music video for 'U'

    Recently, Australian rocker Hamish Anderson released a music video for his single “U.” Like the song it was created to promote, the Nicolas Wendl-directed clip is a stripped-down affair that ruminates on the difficulty of trying to shake off the feelings of attachment the narrator has to an old...
  • 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...
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