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In the last couple of years this UK-based Canadian-born singer-songwriter (aka Ben Darvill, formerly of Crash Test Dummies) has conjured up the spirit and sound of old bluesmen punctuated with raw harmonica and to his beatbox vocalising or the thump of his shoes on the floor.
He's played a couple of hundred live gigs ("on four...
More so than her Blue Note labelmate Norah Jones, vocalist Wilson (along with violinist Regina Carter on Verve incidentally) has redefined the parameters of what we know as "jazz" in the 21st century.Jones may be a superb jazzy singer-songwriter with a country heart, but Wilson can turn her attention to material from all across the...
You can't say you weren't warned. A couple of years back when he released his '02' album Elsewhere said you'd be hearing more of this human beat-box, one-man foot-stompin' blues band which is Ben Darvill.
Here recorded by Steve Albini in Chicago he once more abuses that harmonica, makes his own percussion and becomes a wall-shakin'...
Given this seminal blueman's low profile in the marketplace this past decade or two, it can only be his impending New Zealand tour which has seen the Antipodean release of this, his 57th, album. Yes, 57 -- and that doesn't count compilations.
You'd expect by now that John Mayall might have run out of things to say, but not at all. Here he...
When the singer/blues guitarist Jeff
Healey first emerged in the late Eighties there were two critical
camps set up: those who heard him as a fiery young player in the
tradition of a Stevie Ray Vaughan, and those who thought he was
getting the sympathy vote because he was blind.
Playing guitar on his lap, he could
certainly strip the...
Sitting in his Sydney hotel room, Canadian guitarist Jeff Healey talks lovingly about his collection of 11,000 78rpm records (“I bought another 30 or 40 today in a shop near here.”)
And he talks about how he played with Albert Collins onstage in Toronto as that guitarist's guest. It was the turning point in his career.
In these days of earnestly crotch-thrusting young women on video clips you long for something which has that long forgotten ingredient: wit.
Old time blues is ripe with innuendo, downhome analogies and suggestive lyrics. When Lonnie Johnson sings of being the The Best Jockey in Town he doesn't mean he brings home the winners.
Talking to 72-year-old blues singer
John Lee Hooker - even in a cursory 15 minute interview - you know
you are confronting a legendary, influential figure. And The Hook, as
he is commonly known, isn’t afraid to tell you so.
“I have inspired so many rock 'n'
roll singers and blues singers and stars - more than any other blues...
It's hard to pinpoint exactly when
Eric Clapton -- once called "God" by his devotees -- ceased
to be relevant. Certainly he still plays to huge audiences and his
guitar playing remains technically undiminished.
But his albums are --with rare
exceptions -- anodyne, his playing often bloodless and despite
genuine efforts to find...
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...
B.B. King (born Riley King on a
plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi in 1925) has arguably been the
blues' greatest populariser, so his track record includes
performances with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Stevie Wonder and the
Memphis Horns, Joe Walsh, the Crusaders, Gary Moore and, of course,
U2 and Eric Clapton.
That kaleidoscope of...
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...
Record companies are usually at their best when close to the street, turnlng up talent rather than just distributing it.
The Chess label was so close to the street it felt the sweat. Polish immigrant brothers Leonard and Phil Chess owned clubs around Chicago and from the late 40s started recording some of the most formative R & B and...
Eric Clapton has made a somewhat sudden appearance in the past month with a survey of his early career here, the album with John Mayall and also his Journeyman popping up as a Bargain Buy.
Now by coincidence this interesting -- and rather detailed -- overview of his rapid career in the Sixties (Yardbirds, Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith)...
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...
When the mobile recording studio was parked outside the Fillmore on New York's 2nd Avenue in March 1971 to record this double vinyl Allman Brothers Band album it was both a beginning and an ending: it was last concert at Bill Graham's Fillmore East (also on the bill were Albert King and the J Geils Band) but also the start of the Allman's ascent...
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...
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.
The Doobies' great Listen to the
Music, Long Train Running and
China Grove in the late 60s/early 70s were driven by urgent
guitars and hammering keyboards delivering a forward momentum (which
denied the stoner reference of their chosen name).
But surely no old
fans could fall for the limp, lame and geriatric opener here A
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...
Gregg Allman is as well known for his
marriage to Cher in the 70s and battles with drug'n'alcohol as he is
for co-founding the seminal Southern blues-rock Allman Brothers Band
with his long-gone sibling Duane.
Sober and straight these past 15
years (and a new liver installed last year), the 63-year old
singer/keyboard player here...
It would be easy to describe -- and acclaim -- this fiery British singer-guitarist as a blues artist, and she is. But there's more to her than that.
Certainly she can peel off blazing solos like Stevie Ray Vaughan (whose producer Jim Gaines is again on hand here) and can also conjure up the more gentle blues-soul of Hendrix (World on Fire)....
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...
By 1964 when the British blues explosion was starting to take off, the great and tetchy Son House was living in retirement and spent most of days drinking. He hadn't played much since his friend Willie Brown had died more than a decade previous.
He'd preached some but mostly got drunk, he hadn't played guitar in five years.
But when his...
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...
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...
Blues singer Geeshie Wylie -- probably not her real name, more likely a nickname because she was of the Gullah people of South Carolina and Georgia -- recorded even fewer songs than Robert Johnson.
Just six known recordings and no photograph of her exists either.
She may have been with a traveling medicine show in the Twenties but, other...
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...
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...
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
Singer-guitarist Rory Block learned directly from
Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Bukka White and others and here –
through originals and retooled covers – acknowledges the great
innovator Mississippi Fred McDowell who (despite singing I Do Not
Play No Rock'n'Roll) influenced blues-rock musicians like the young Stones, and...
Not a lot is known about the Mississippi-based country-blues and gospel singer Boyd Rivers who died in '93, but his growling voice seems to belong to a much older time.
He was born near the town of Pickens in December '43 and after being injured at his casket-making job in '72 he lived off his music and the pay-out. He was also a Reverend....
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...
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...
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...
In the wake of '67s Sgt Pepper's the new thing in rock was "the concept album" and at the tail-end of that decade and well into the 70s a long list of bands weighed in: the Pretty Things with Parachute,The Who with Tommy, The Moody Blues, Genesis, Yes . . .
Mostly these were musicians with an art school background and so testing...
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