Blues in Elsewhere

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Lipbone Redding: Hop the Fence (Bepop)

3 Mar 2007  |  <1 min read

American Redding has been an itinerant musician through Europe, the States and Asia whose music is so memorably enjoyable -- and his vocal technique of sounding like a trombone -- it would certainly make you stop to listen and throw paper money into his hat. He has played jazz and blues festivals, has a touch of early Tom Waits about him sometimes, and here makes a great groovy and soulful... > Read more

Lipbone Redding: Love is the Answer

Eric Bibb: Diamond Days (Telarc/Elite)

26 Jan 2007  |  <1 min read  |  1

Bibb is one of that new generation of bluesmen who sounds utterly authentic: this despite Bibb growing up in New York, having John Lewis of the Modern Jazz Quartet as an uncle, and studying psychology at Columbia University. But in his late teens -- he's now 55 -- he took off to Europe with his guitar, studied the blues and hooked up with international musicians in the burgeoning world... > Read more

Eric Bibb: Diamond Days

C.W. Stoneking: King Hokum (Inertia)

22 Oct 2006  |  <1 min read

Okay, this one had me stumped -- and increasingly impressed. The guy on the black'n'white cover sitting outside a clapboard shack is a round-faced thirty something white guy, but the guy singing on the album is quite obviously a sixtysomething black guy from somewhere in the Old South, maybe even recorded in the Thirties. I could only think the cover was some kind of joke. Fact is that the... > Read more

Guy Davis: Skunkmello (Red House)

12 Sep 2006  |  <1 min read

Before you look at the title and the cover art -- Davis laughing and surrounded by smoke -- let's get it straight: this isn't a stoner album but (apparently) takes its title from a notorious chicken thief F. Samuel Skunkmello "who founded the Lazy Liars and Loafers Club Inc. which was not really incorporated because he was too lazy to go downtown to fill out the paperwork". If you... > Read more

Eddie Turner, The Turner Diaries (Northern Blues/Southbound)

2 Jul 2006  |  <1 min read

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 everyone's taste -- it is best enjoyed loud so you... > Read more

Eddie Turner: Save My Life

DUKE ROBILLARD INTERVIEWED (2004): Still in that room full of blues

15 Aug 2004  |  3 min read

When you think of Rhode Island, you don't immediately think of it as a crucible of the blues. It's the state north of New York so small you could carpet it, the home of the red chicken - Rhode Island Red is the state bird, correct? - and JFK and Jackie were married there. But as a home of the blues? Maybe not. Unless you remember that Newport, which some America's Cup contenders... > Read more