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This may not be the best live album King has made -- there is a case made for another under Essential Elsewhere, see tag -- but from his comments in the tie-in DVD bonus footage it will be his last.
In interviews King is breathless and wistful, and he has, at 82, all but retired.
He speaks now about when he is gone . . .
These Allstars aren't really, but two of them are the sons of the great James Luther Dickinson whose last album was one of the Best of Elsewhere 2007: a swirling implosion of country, psychedelic rock, blues and cornmash liquor.
The boys haven't fallen too far from the tree but sometimes bring a swag more gritty psychedelic blues into the...
Some might say that the last thing the world needs right now is another live Stones collection.
After all Get Yer Ya Ya's Out (released a whopping 38 years go!) is the hardcore fan's classic, and we've had Love You Live, Still Life, Flashpoint, Stripped and No Security since. And it was only four years ago that we had Live Licks, a...
Having once stood in torrential rain and mud up to my boot-tops at a New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to watch guitarist Sonny Landreth, I have always felt a strange loyalty to him.
I have faithfully reviewed his many albums but always came to the same conclusion.
Gifted though he obviously is -- and conceding his career performing...
Two years ago when this Auckland singer-songwriter and very special guitarist released his Recollection album (acoustic treatments of Street Talk and solo songs) I noted that it served to remind what a great songwriter he was.He'd long been acknowledged as an expressive bluesy singer and guitarist, but it had been too easy to forget just how...
The intersection of highways 61 and 49 near Clarksdale in northwest Mississippi doesn't look particularly special: there's a car yard, a service station, a couple of kids listlessly kicking a ball outside Abe's barbecue shop . . . Just the usual stuff.
The only thing to distinguish it from hundreds of other such intersections in the state is...
It should be easy to get together a thorough Jimi Hendrix collection. After all, his recording career lasted fewer than four years.
Presumably, all you'd need would be his exceptional debut album Are You Experienced, the follow-up Axis: Bold As Love and the expansive, Essential Elsewhere double album Electric Ladyland. The Smash Hits...
This seventysomething year old has earned to right to sing the blues: his father was lynched by the Klan back home in Alabama when he was boy; he was moved around staying with various relatives; played with John Lee Hooker for a while; has recorded for about as many blues labels as there are; lived in Europe for a while . . .
You -- well, I -- admire a rock'n'roll r'n'b band that names itself after the late lead singer of the British pub rock band Dr Feelgood whose Stupidity album from '76 is mandatory in any Essential Elsewhere collection.
And this four-piece who make their energetic pub-rock sound at jazz and blues festivals (and I am guessing excellent...
The old joke -- usually applied to the death of Elvis -- is “good career move”.
Death sells, just ask -- if you could -- Elvis, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Otis Redding, John Lennon and Kurt Cobain who saw their record sales soar after their deaths. Or would have, if they could have.
As a magazine cover said of Jim Morrison:...
Armatrading makes an embarrassing admission for someone whose most
recent album Into the Blues debuted at number one on the Billboard
blues charts: she doesn’t listen to the blues and while some
interviewers have noted the influence of John Lee Hooker in a couple
of tracks she couldn’t identify a Hooker song if she was...
English musician John Mayall repeats his familiar refrain: he’s
never had “a hit record, never won and Grammy and isn’t in the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame“.
76 and having played professionally for more than 45 years he might
have reasonably expected one or more of those. But in 2005 he did get
They used to say
“when the times get tough, the songs get soft” – but hard times
is good times for the blues which articulates the concerns of the
the US economic downturn means hard times which this 70-year old,
electric and electrifying guitarist/singer from Texas (on a Chicago
First, there is no Vol 1 or Vol 2, but this addition to Taylor's catalogue of "trance blues" which follows the excellent Pentatonic Wars and Love Songs of last year is certainly a welcome one.
Taylor takes a very different view of the blues: while others see it as an idiom with strict stylistic codes if not chord progressions,...
Singer Wilson from North Carolina is yet another of those US blues (and jazz) artists who found a more sympathetic and profitable environment in Europe and these days operates out of Germany playing festivals and clubs across the Continent.
Ironically -- because he grew up in the church, listened to country music at home and joined the army...
The blues goes in cycles of visibility: there were those great days of the late Forties/Fifties in the South and the early Sixties in Chicago; the British blues boom of the early/mid Sixties (John Mayall, Clapton, the first Fleetwood Mac etc) and then . . .
You can tick them off just by a name alone: Alligator Records (Hound Dog Taylor and...
It has been almost half a century since
Elmore James bent over to pull up his socks before going out to play
in an Chicago nightclub . . . and went face down on to the floor with his
third and final heart attack.
Although he was not widely known, the
world lost a good one who left an immense legacy.
James had an agonised vocal style...
For an album which is a cornerstone in any serious consideration of the British blues boom of the Sixties, the Blues Breakers record -- John Mayall with Eric Clapton -- of July '66 hardly had an auspicious gestation.
In March '65 Mayall and the Blues Breakers had been dropped by their label Decca after just one album (a live outing, John...
For a man who changed the landscape of rock -- and not so coincidentally my life -- his last resting place looks extremely modest. It is late 2002 and I am standing at a simple plaque in the grass with only a single glass of fading flowers on it. There are no visitors here other than me and my companion Tommy, a Norwegian music journalist from...
It's been far too long between albums for Wellington blues-rocker Watson -- frontman-guitarist for Chicago Smokeshop, later simply Smokeshop -- because his excellent South Pacific Soul album (under his own name) was five years ago.
In some ways Watson has mellowed, inasmuch as the vocals and guitar work here are taut as if the passions are...
Buddy Guy is talking about his club
Legends in his home town of Chicago. Every Sunday and Monday it is
open for all-comers, just sign at the door, get up there and play
Since Guy won a Grammy for his raw and
soulful Damn Right I Got The Blues album this year, he’s seen a few
more up-and-corners through the door.
The great Guy has been one of blues' most enduring and endearing characters: he upstaged the Stones in his cameo slot on their Shine A Light doco, and way back influenced Hendrix.
He's been picking up awards for the past couple of decades, but unlike some others who have become part of the institution (and tailor albums for awards, as...
Most reviews of this frequently funny, sometimes insightful and too often rambling autobiography -- Keith + tape recorder + ghost writer Fox -- have concentrated on the obvious: the sniping at Mick Jagger which occurs a little in the first three-quarters but reaches a peak in the final throes where the autobiography/chronological account runs...
It's well known that Jimi Hendrix didn't have much business sense, but he sure knew how to play guitar. This track -- one of about 60 recorded with the little known singer/guitarist Curtis Knight at a small studio in New York -- is a measure of both.
Hendrix -- at that time Jimmy James -- had recently been fired from Little Richard's touring...
In 1964 the Isley Brothers – a
doo-wop/r'n'b outfit from Cincinnati who had scored a hit with Twist
and Shout – were playing a show in a baseball stadium in
Bermuda. They had their own in-built support act, they simply sent
their band out to warm up the crowd. But on this night there was
whooping from the audience and a guy came...
Aside from the obvious reason (40th anniversaries), there is another explanation for some much Stones stuff from the late Sixties/early Seventies: that was when they became the bad boy phenomenon which most people associate with them. There is also a lot of footage and music, and by the late Seventies and early Eighties things were less...
Scroll down the Wikipedia entry for
Gregg Allman and two things will surprise: first how brief it is for
a musician who has lived such a full, creative and often dangerously
And second the interestingly inexact sentence
which reads, “Allman has been married at least six times . . .”
By the time he was...
It's a joke that never ages, at a rock concert someone yells out "Free Bird". It's such a standard that the American writer Mitch Myers entitled his collection of rock anecdotes and fiction The Boy Who Cried Free Bird. Whoever that guy is, he's as notorious as the one who shouted "Judas" at Dylan.
The joke -- for those...
This too slight, slightly self-justifying, frequently honest and altogether typically disappointing rock autobiography has taken on much more meaning since its 2008 publication, especially with Ronnie's new solo album in late 2010.
In the closing chapters here especially he spends a lot of time proffesing his love for his wife Jo, how she...
John Lennon once said the blues was a
chair. Not a fancy chair, just the first chair.
No, it doesn't make much sense - but
you know what he means. And by making this analogy he placed himself
alongside a swag of blues artists who have their own pithy statement:
the blues is a feeling, the blues is healing music, and so on.
At 90, the great and late-discovered bluesman T-Model Ford still sounds like he is one man who isn't going to let the road of life weary him.
Here with his touring band GravelRoad, he delivers a short sharp shock: eight songs, two hitting past the seven minute mark, closing with a nasty-edged Little Red Rooster. This is roadhouse blues which...
Blues guitarist Earl opens this typically free-wheeling, jazz-inflected instrumental album with a swinging treatment of Albert Collins' burning Backstroke -- then gets into a low mood on Blues For Dr Donna before the Hammond organ of Dave Limina kicks in for the sultry, midnight groove of Chitlins Con Carne . . . and we away go on another...
By the time Eric Clapton flew to Miami
in 1970 to record what would become the Layla and Other Assorted
Love Songs double album, he had spent six years in an emotional
wringer: he was the acclaimed guitarist in the Yardbirds before he
abruptly quit over dissatisfaction with their pop direction; took
time out; joined John Mayall in his Blues...
In his excellent book More Miles
Than Money, subtitled “journeys through American music”, the
expat London-based writer Garth Cartwright meets Bruce Iglauer who
founded the Alligator blues label in Chicago which became that city's
most important label after Chess went belly-up in 1975.
As Cartwright notes, the label was home...
With the great B.B. King due to arrive in Australasia for concerts, this now-readily available album from 2000 is timely. It caught him on a career high with his road-tested band in the studio just peeling off some tough-minded songs which had been part of their repertoire for while, as well as some new songs.
Set aside King if you can and...
Standing between metal-edge
country-rock and disheveled Keith Richards riff-hard rock'n'roll
blues, Social Distortion don't exactly reinvent the wheel, but they
do enjoy burning rubber on this 11-song set which invites you to roll
down the window, rack up the volume and point the bonnet down a strip
of empty highway.
For an American...
Darren Watson of Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, has long been a multiple-threat; powerful and souldful singer; excellent blues guitarist; great songwriter.
He first came to attention in Chicago Smokeshop (an appropriate name for a blues band from another city full of politicians) which later became Smokeshop, and released a series...
As with Bob Marley's "catalogue", it seems only right that Jimi Hendrix's messy existence -- he seemed to a sign a contract at the drop of an offer, and would record with whomever when the mood took him -- should be reined in and given some coherence.
So when the Hendrix family finally wrestled a measure of control after years of...
When the Beatles and the Stones covered songs by black American artists on their early albums and championed Motown soul (Beatles) and Chicago blues singers (Stones) they undoubtedly drew attention to the genius which many locals had overlooked.
The Stones' early shows and albums were stacked with songs by Chuck Berry (Come On, their...
There are some extraordinary guitar talents -- Roy Buchanan comes to mind immediately -- whose gift just seems to go right past an audience you know would appreciate it, if they just shifted their attention in that direction.
Bonamassa -- who also has lungs like leather and can write terrific blues rock songs also -- is another.
One of the assertions on the cover of
this album – released in 69, reissued after a long absence –
isn't true. Bluesman Howlin' Wolf had been an “early adopter” of
What is true is he didn't care for this album (“dog
shit” was his considered judgment) which had him being made over in...
Anyone who caught the husband and wife team of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi in New Zealand recently were perhaps familiar with guitarist Trucks' impressive Allman Brothers/Eric Clapton pedigree, but she came as something of a surprise to most.
Looking like what Americans call a "soccer mom", the slight Tedeschi could sing...
blues with a dark bayou twist is Tab Benoit's musical style, but he also
locates lyrics in this world, whether it be a relationship going to
hell (“We've been fighting over nothing”) or the Louisiana
environment on the same path (“Whatcha gonna tell the
children/trees/spirits when the heart of the bayou...
That this was recorded on a
Caribbean cruise might tell you all you need about its crowd-pleasing
nature. But Walker's guests (guitarists Johnny Winter, Tab Benoit and
Duke Robillard, Watermelon Slim on harmonica among them) get away
serious six-string savagery and down low dirty vocals.
crowd-pleasing – but songs like A
Multiple award winner Robillard founded
Roomful of Blues in the late Sixties, was in the Fabulous Thunderbirds
and has been playing for more than four decades, and shows no signs of
slowing with this fist-tight collection of (mostly) originals.
He's toured with Tom Waits (an influence on the gritty Hong Kong Suit, and whose Make It Rain...
In 2002 after a Rolling Stones concert in Chicago I asked my friend, who lived in the city, to take me down to 2120 South Michigan Avenue, the old home of Chess Records.
Aside from wanting to see this legendary place where Howlin' Wolf, Bo Diddley, Etta James, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon once held court, I also half thought...
When veteran British bluesman John
Mayall played the Civic in Auckland in 2010, the concert was both disappointing
and crowd-pleasing. Disappointing because, although professionally
executed, it failed to really take flight. Crowd-pleasing because he
played his hits.
The joke, of course, is Mayall has
never had hits and at 77 it seems...
This big bluesman with a sometimes gentle and soulful voice has appeared at Elsewhere previously with his fine Love is the Key which featured Eric Bibb, a singer he is close in spirit to.
This all acoustic outing recorded in Germany (where he has lived for many years) with his touring band (and a studio percussion player) continues his...
From the moment Jimi Hendrix arrived in London in the early hours of September 24 1966 to his death in the same city just a few days short of four years later, he seemed to be constantly moving, playing and recording.
He played his first jam in London the night he arrived, and a fortnight later -- after jamming with the Brian Auger Trinity,...
Although you never need an excuse to play this strutting Willie Dixon-penned classic from Chess Records' studio with the great Koko Taylor growling her way through it, it does seem timely on this very day as Tom Waits' new album Bad As Me has a terrific track inspired in part by its raw spirit.
Waits' Satisfied might nod to the Rolling...
Oddly enough, this is not the best time to talk to 64-year-old bluesman Buddy Guy - despite him having released Sweet Tea, one of the finest albums in his long career.It is days after the death of his contemporary John Lee Hooker and Guy is understandably philosophical rather than keen to talk up his new album which was, uncharacteristically for...
Director Martin Scorsese might have his name large on the credits of this 2006 Rolling Stones concert but it is clear from the opening scenes just who is in charge: it is the Stones, and Mick Jagger in particular.
During hilarious opening scenes which recall Spinal Tap and the pilot for Curb Your Enthusiasm, Jagger is seen rejecting a model...
With an American history over a century long, the blues isn't easy an easy journey to begin on: do you go at it chronologically from slave chants and field hollers, or work back from white popularisers like George Thorogood, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Led Zeppelin?
Given that most people live in what we might call the post-rock era it might be...
With his royal surname, a 60-year career which has earned him Godfather status, a sophisticated demeanour and dapper suits, and his own chain of nightclubs it is hard to see BB King as an earthy and edgy blueman: the guy who used to play 300 nights a year, who has fathered at least a dozen children to as many different women, the...
Stephen Stills -- of Crosby, Stills and Nash -- says that Turner reminds him of his old friend Jimi Hendrix, and you can certainly hear that sky-scaling Jimi-approach in any number of the blistering tracks on this powerful album.
But Turner does pull back in some material -- which still seem to seethe with menace.
This album won't be to...
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