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Charley Patton

Charley Patton - Blues Singer, guitarist ( 1892 - 1934) Scraped and raw as a freshly plowed field, Charley Patton’s voice decries his harsh life amid the plantation system of the Reconstruction-era South. Patton rises defiantly from scratched 78 rpm shellac records, his voice in sync with the relentless clang of the Stella guitar he tuned a whole-step sharp to cut like a scythe in raucous juke joints; his prickly presence makes his protégé Howlin’ Wolf sound like a crooner. His is a brutally uncompromising sound that modern ears may find daunting. Listeners used to standard 12-bar progressions and regular four-beat measures may also find disconcerting the idiosyncrasies of early blues accompaniment, which follows the vocal line, rather than vice-versa

ARTICLE: BLUES DELUXE

Cotton Pickin' Blues

Read "Cotton Pickin' Blues" reviewed by Martin McFie

Blues began with enslaved African peoples' work songs in the cotton fields of the Deep South of America. The Slave Narrative of Mr. Sam Polite, given at 93 years of age, chronicles that life. It was written on St. Helena, a cotton producing Sea Island in the Carolinas, where Mr. Polite was born into slavery. The ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

In Tune: Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Roots of American Music by Ben Wynne

Read "In Tune: Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Roots of American Music by Ben Wynne" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

In Tune: Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Roots of American Music Ben Wynne 296 Pages ISBN: # 978-0807157800 Louisiana State Press 2014 With surgical precision, Ben Wynne teases away all the romantic claptrap surrounding two titan music contemporaries, placing them in their appropriate historical perspectives, perspectives that make ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Noah Preminger: Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground

Read "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

A un anno scarso dal precedente Pivot: Live at the 55 Bar, il trentenne tenorsassofonista newyorchese Noah Preminger torna sul luogo del delitto. Che non è la sede dell'incisione (questo, anzi, è un album in studio, benché inciso in un jazz club, il Side Door, in Connecticut), quanto il repertorio, anche stavolta estratto dalla grande letteratura ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Rollin' and Tumblin'

Read "Rollin' and Tumblin'" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Rollin' and Tumblin' Roberto Menabò 194 Pagine ISBN: 978-8862318228 Arcana 2014 Per quanto il blues sia un genere musicale da tempo largamente diffuso e storicizzato, i dati biografici dei suoi più grandi interpreti sono ancora ampiamente sconosciuti, dispersi nel terreno paludoso tra realtà e leggenda dove spesso le ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Noah Preminger: Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground

Read "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" reviewed by James Nadal

The Delta Blues, spawned from the callous conditions on Mississippi plantations and farmlands, is an artistic manifestation that creativity can overcome, survive, and thrive, amidst overwhelming situations. These sparse, rural blues, which came out of the fields so long ago, continue to influence contemporary musicians seeking a raw form of expression. Count saxophonist Noah Preminger among ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Bilston: Samantha Fish, Jah Wobble & The Magic Band

Read "Live From Bilston: Samantha Fish, Jah Wobble & The Magic Band" reviewed by Martin Longley

Samantha Fish/Laurence Jones The Robin R&B Club November 11, 2015 The blues has a youthful future, across both sides of the Atlantic. Singer and guitarist Laurence Jones is the latest upstart to stir the UK scene, possessing a very 1960s sensibility, as if he's a throwback to the scene ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Roots Magic: Hoodoo Blues

Read "Hoodoo Blues" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

L'inizio è di quelli da far tremare i polsi, perché “The Hard Blues," originariamente registrato nel febbraio del 1972 durante le session di Dogon A.D. ma pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1975 come brano conclusivo di Coon Bid'ness, è totemico marchio di fabbrica di uno straordinario improvvisatore e compositore quale è stato Julius Hemphill. Ma ...

Robert Johnson: King of the Delta Blues Singers Vol I & II

Read "Robert Johnson: King of the Delta Blues Singers Vol I & II" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Without a doubt, when it comes to blues music and its legacy,guitarist Robert Johnson is its preeminent performer and a key figure. For many, he is the greatest blues man of all time, certainly the most well regarded by modern popular culture. As such, his place in the vanguard of that pantheon has been secured. But ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Yazoo Records To Release Follow Up To Critically Acclaimed Collection Of Early Country And Blues Recordings

Yazoo Records To Release Follow Up To Critically Acclaimed Collection Of Early Country And Blues Recordings

46-Track Collection Culled From The 1920s Contains Rare Tracks From Charley Patton, Bukka White, Ishman Bracey, Dave Macon, Eck Robertson and Charlie Poole 54-Page Booklet Chronicles The History of Collecting Old 78 Records From The 1920s Through The 1960s New York, NY: On September 25, 2012, Yazoo Records (a division of Shanachie Entertainment), will release the ...


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