Friday, September 21, 2007
I found another video from youtube, that features Alan Lomax. What I found out is that the two players with Woody are Sonny Terry, and Brownie McGee!!! This is a nice clip worth watching again just to hear the stories about Woody Guthrie:-)
Sometimes I wonder just what the reviewers are smoking, when I wade through their reviews! This review from blogcritic (click here) is 80% about the reviewer, blogcritic, and the BC podcast. Oh yeah, and then two paragraphs about Joe's CD. Boy, I bet Joe is happy about that review:-) I haven't heard the disc, so I can't help you with any details. However, as I always say if you are a fan of Joe's buy the CD!!! Blues cats are having hard times right now. Think about how to make a living when gas is 3-4 dollars a gallon!!!! Add on top of that people that download your music for free! Personally I don't mind if you download my original music, since I need the exposure, but guys who have press already need the money. SO QUIT STEALING THEIR MUSIC!!! Steal mine instead:-)
The Corvallis Gazette Times has an article about David Jacob Strain a 23 year old delta style bluesman. I really like what he has to say about the blues, and his respect and knowledge of pre war blues. Unlike a lot of kids that I have made fun of on this blog for talking about what they don't know, this kid actually knows what he is talking about. Check out this cool interview HERE.
Blogcritic has a review of a Delmark Reissue of Sleepy John Estes. This recording features Carey Bell, Sunnyland Slim, and Jimmy Dawkins. For more info check out the review from Blogcritic HERE.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Otis Taylor is one of the good ones. Tonight he played a benefit for Midland School. It is a private school near Santa Barbara. To read more about it, check out this article for the Santa Barbara Independent.
I am sure my friend Dick Deluxe is singing the blues somewhere, but not at the House of Blues! (Click Here to hear Deluxe sing about the house of blues) However, Mandy Moore that great blues diva is singing at the house of blues!!!! IN Cleveland!!!! Wow! I wonder how many of dem old bluz standards she is going to sing:-) Yikes!!! Why do they even call it house of blues?????
A nice short interview with Elvin Bishop from the Kansas City Star. Bishop will be part of the blues Paw a Looza show in Kansas City. Also appearing are Little Ed and the Blues Imperials, and Blues Caravan. Read the interview HERE.
The schedule for Saturday from the Kansas City Star.
The first Blues-a-Paw-Looza, a benefit for Wayside Waifs and the Kansas City Blues Society, begins at 3 p.m. Saturday at 3901 Martha Truman Road. Satellite parking and a shuttle service will be available. The schedule: Mike Elrod’s Blues All-Stars, 3-3:45 p.m.; the Blues Caravan, 4-6 p.m.; Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, 6:30-8 p.m.; and Elvin Bishop, 8:30-10 p.m. Tickets are $30. For more information, visit waysidewaifs.org or call 816-761-8151.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Lansing Michigan, a town that truly knowns the blues, has a cool festival this weekend. known as the Old Town Blues Fest. It has some great bands, plus movies! For more information please check out their website HERE.
Here is the lineup from the festival website:
Friday, September 21
5:00-5:35 pm — Happy Hour with Frog & the Beeftones — North Stage
5:00-6:00 pm — Happy hour - beverage tent admission free! 21+ only.
5:30-6:30 pm — Stories in the Blues: Down by the Riverside Acoustic Jam — River Stage
6:00-6:45 pm — Those Delta Rhythm Kings — South Stage
6:30-7:30 pm — Stories in the Blues: Why I Play the Blues — River Stage
7:00-8:15 pm — Old Town Blues Band — North Stage
7:30-8:30 pm — Stories in the Blues: Our Town, Our Songs, Our Blues — River Stage
8:15-9:30 pm — Reverend Raven — South Stage
9:30-11:15 pm — Harper — North Stage
11:15 pm-12:30 am — 6 Hands Down — South Stage
Saturday, September 22
2:00-2:45 pm — Messing with the Kidz — South Stage
2:00-3:00 pm — Kids Harmonica Fun Shop — River Stage
2:30-3:30 pm — BlueMovie: Born in the Honey, The Pinetop Perkins Story — Studio 1210
3:00-3:45 pm — Kathleen & the Blues Junkies — North Stage
3:30-4:30 pm — New Orleans Blues Dueling Pianos — River Stage
3:45-5:00 pm — BlueMovie: Ten Days Out ... Blues from the Backroads — Studio 1210
4:00-4:45 pm — Mike Espy Band with Yakity Yak — South Stage
4:30-5:30 pm — Delta Blues, Slide Guitar - Workshop with Stan Budzynski — River Stage
5:00-6:15 pm — Josh Boyd and the V.I.P. Band — North Stage
5:15-6:30 pm — BlueMovie: Last of the Mississippi Jukes — Studio 1210
6:00-7:00 pm — Mike Daniels Blues Drum Clinic — River Stage
6:15-7:00 pm — Stan Budzynski & 3rd Degree — South Stage
6:45-8:00 pm — BlueMovie: American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966 — Studio 1210
7:15-8:00 pm — Jan James — North Stage
7:30-8:30 pm — Joe Baldino — River Stage
8:15-9:00 pm — Root Doctor — South Stage
9:15-10:30 pm — Smokin' Joe Kubek featuring Bnois King — North Stage
10:30 pm-12:30 am — Bad Gravy Blues Jam Showcase — South Stage
The Blue Shoe Project is a great Blues in Schools outfit that brings some great blues players to schools. Honey Boy Edwards participated in a few of them recently. Here is an article from Pegasus News about the latest Blues Shoe Project in Texas.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
The Forth Worth Weekly has an outstanding review of a reissue of Black Ace's I Am The Boss Card In Your Hand. What makes the review so great is that it is also great history. It tells not only the story of Black Ace, but also of Chris Strachwitz, who founded Arhoolie records. This is a must read for anyone interested in blues history. Check it out HERE.
The Houston Chronicle has an interview with Lyle Lovett. Lyle is one of those eclectic artists who can play any style. He is loved by blues, jazz, and country fans, and never disappoints with outstanding live shows. For the interview click HERE.
I did receive word that my blues history class is on the schedule again for J-Term at Buena Vista University. Once again I am lining up artists to perform. I am very interested in any national artists who would like to give a short lecture to a class of 20 kids, and then perform a set for them in the school auditorium. If anyone is interested please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, September 17, 2007
Louisiana Weekly has a cool interview with the late Willie Tee. It also includes an obit as well. It is a nice article to remember one of the good ones. Read it all HERE.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I stumbled onto this kid while watching Ballykissangel videos. Okay, I know very unblues like, but hey I like Ireland ok!!!!!!!!! So anyway, I saw this fan video, and I really like the music, so I followed up on it, and found this kid who is a soul singer in England named James Morrison. This is some good stuff, so enjoy the videos located at the left side of the blog.
This is the first review of a blues disc here at Blues Historian, so lets start!
Robben Ford's Truth, is an outstanding disc for your CD collection. It is a nice mix of blues rock, soul, and jazz/blues/rock/fusion. Perhaps blues purists use to shuffle, shuffle, slow blues wont find something here for them, but for the rest of us who like good music, this disc is great.
The disk really takes me back to the late 70s when bands were still experimenting with combining blues, jazz, and rock. This disk is very much like Climax Blues Band's Reel to Reel, or any of the great albums put out by Blood Sweat and Tears after the mid 70s. This disc, and those albums features complex arrangements, with incredibly tight bands that could make seamless transitions from blues to jazz to rock. Ford has a great mix of Musicians that truly know how to craft a song, and mix it up with something more than the old standby shuffle, followed by a slow blues.
I like Lateral Climb, which is probably the only real blues song on the disc. It is a contemporary blues shuffle, that rocks out with the best of them. I imagine that Lateral Climb is probably the cut for the blues radio shows. If not it should be. A song that I really like that for some reason has been panned by the critics, is Riley B King. This is a nice mellow blue eyed soul tune. I can even imagine James Taylor singing this one in his hey day. I have never understood why a good pop tune can be panned so universally, and yet be so good. I suppose that critics and their tin ears just don't get it. Most of them have never played an instrument, and have no clue what goes into making music, but they have listened to hours of music so I guess that makes them an expert. I think it is too bad, because Riley B King, is a nice song, and a heartfelt tribute to BB King. One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Floor is an old Paul Simon song, that also features the vocals of the amazing Susan Tedeschi. I must admit that my current upstairs neighbors have made this song almost a theme song of my current situation:-) Tedeschi vocals really add a lot to the song. Her voice just bleeds soul! Moonchild Blues ends up the set of songs. It starts out as a pretty typical blues tune, but towards the end it veers into more a jazz fusion song, which is pretty interesting. It really is a lot like the whole album a pleasant mixture of some great music.
So does this album rate in the top of the blues pantheon of blues recordings. Nope, probably not, but is this the type of CD that you want in your car or CD changer at home on high rotation. YUP!! This CD sits in my car and I listen to it as I travel all over Iowa. It is one of those albums that may never get any real recognition, or a lot of airplay, but it will probably be one of your treasured albums (if it they were still vinyl that is:-) that you will play until the groves wear out:-)