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Archive for the ‘Blues’ Category


February 7, 2008

Bobby Blue Bland Two Steps from the Blues Bland’s music incorporates just the right mix of gospel, blues and R&B. I dig it. You know when you hear a song and the first thing you want to do once it ends is just hear it again that you found a sinker. Caught me hook and […]

Odetta is Queen

January 14, 2008

I wandered if I would find another album that I enjoyed listening to as much as I did Judy Mowatt’s Black Woman an album that is full of soul and spiritually enlightening. That’s a strong statement, at least I didn’t expect it to happen so soon. A little birdie dropped The Essential Odetta my way […]

Jukebox Blues

January 7, 2008

After listening to my blues playlist in my ipod yesterday while working out, I realized there were some precious gems I really wanted to share. The greatest part about an inchanting music experience is being able to give it to sombody to help them deal or just for their listening pleasure. For me, there’s no […]

Come on in my kitchen

January 7, 2008

I first heard this Cassandra Wilson cover of a Robert Johnson song while taking a modern jazz class at Arizona State. If you know anything about taking class on a professional level, you’d know classes tend to be about 2 hrs long the first hour usually reserved just for prepping and warming the body. This […]

Blues Lesson

December 30, 2007

There’s a certain level of understanding about life, I believe one needs in order to fully understand the blues. You can’t testify to something you’ve never witnessed plain and simple. But, what exactly is the blues? and How come I know it when I hear it? This video gives vivid definition of what the blues […]

Ball n Chain

December 26, 2007

You may remember a song called Ball and Chain done by rocker blues legend Janis Joplin. What you may not remember is Big Mama Thornton wrote and originally sang this soulful blues classic. She also original sang Hound Dog, a song Elvis would later cover and popularize amongst the white community. Unfortunately, like many incidences […]

Beyonce who?

December 21, 2007

Ruth Brown often goes under the raidar being overlooked and sometimes completly forgotten as a great soul singer way before her time. Brown underwent a lengthy battle with The Rhythm and Blues Foundation as one of the many underpaid blues artist seeking rightful payment and dues from previous works. She, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Bo Didley, […]

Duel Piano boogie woogie

December 20, 2007

A good friend of mine just emailed me this video. Allen Toussaint, Tuts Washington, and Professor Longhair duke it out vibing on the piano. Ain’t no faking the funk here these are real musicians jamming out improvising you just won’t find anywhere today. If you listen carefully you can hear the musicians talking and calling […]

Champion and King

December 19, 2007

Champion Jack Dupree performs a scorching blues joint with King Curtis. For those of you who don’t know King Curtis was part of The Soul Saxes, a saxophone trio that included Hank Crawford and David Newman who all played with Ray Charles for some time (The Soul Saxes are most notable for their collaboration with […]

Rock n Roll Etta

December 19, 2007

Jovial is the only word that comes to mind when watching this video. I don’t think I’ve seen an artist be this excited and fun to watch yet. Etta James stomps passionately around the stage as she performs live with no inhibitions known to man. It’s sad because I have trouble finding good footage of […]

Early Morning Booze

December 19, 2007

You know you got it bad when the first thing you do before and above anything else is pour you a shot taking it straight to the head. Bessie Smith came from an impoverished household forced to perform on the streets with her guitarist brother to earn money to feed herself and her siblings. Saying […]

Dinah kills Bessie

December 19, 2007

In this 3 minute 27 second, colorless video without the hottest dance trend, a lengthy hair piece, or numerous wardrobe changes Dinah Washington manages to intrigue, excite, amuse and I’m quite sure offend a large number while stationary on top a stool. Her rendition of a great Bessie Smith song is all too powerful for […]