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Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue: Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue

Read "Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue" reviewed by James Nadal

The road from Texas to California runs right through T-Bone Walker, no detours about it. Since Walker packed his guitar and moved there in the 1940's, what is termed as West Coast Blues revolves around a style he defined. Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue is a blues ensemble founded by harmonica player and singer Mark ...

Dave Stryker: Messin’ with Mister T

Read "Messin’ with Mister T" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Veteran jazz guitarist Dave Stryker's history includes playing and recording with the inimitable Stanley Turrentine from 1986 to 1995.His Messin' With Mister T (Strikezone Records), showcasing Turrentine classics, is a timely testimonial to the accomplished tenor's long career and extensive legacy. The legacy begins in the 50's for Turrentine while performing with adept musicians like Lowell ...

Rhett Frazier, Inc: Every Day is Saturday

Read "Every Day is Saturday" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Rhett Frazier, Inc. might be based in East Los Angeles, but its music was first baked in the working class breadbasket of the American Midwest: Songwriter and vocalist Rhett Frazier grew up in Oklahoma, less than half an hour's distance from the home or birthplace of legendary soulmen Roy Milton ("the father of modern R&B") and ...

Missives from Distant Fronts

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Bio Ritmo

La Verdad

Electric Cowbell Records

2011

In September 2011, Bio Ritmo, the ten-piece salsa band from Richmond (Virginia), celebrated twenty years together, no small accomplishment for a band originally formed (says its official company bio) “as a percussion ensemble brought together by two misplaced Puerto Ricans who met ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats to Perform in Edgely, PA, Sunday 17 April

Blues harmonica master /singer/songwriter Rick Estrin and his band The Nightcats will perform at the Terchon V.F.W. in Edgely on Sunday, April 17, 2011. Estrin and The Nightcats will be performing songs from their Alligator Records debut, Twisted. For more than 30 years and nine albums, Estrin fronted the jumping, swinging Little Charlie & The Nightcats, ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Jay Smith

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Meet Jay Smith:

Jay Smith has performed with dozens of groups all over California, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain in a wide range of music, from bebop and gypsy jazz to Latin rock and funk. He has worked with groups and musicians as Kelulu, Mento Buru, The Fresno Philharmonic, David Baron Stevens, Andre Bush, Mike ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Lowell Fulson: Black Widow Spider Blues

Read "Black Widow Spider Blues" reviewed by Derek Taylor

When it came to playing the blues Lowell Fulson possessed an uncanny versatility born out of necessity. He could reference the unadorned acoustic styles of his youth, or just as easily switch pitches and lay down a high-energy urban jump blues. He’s flexibility was due in part to financial reasons- a greater number of styles under ...