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Zoe Schwarz: The Blues and I Should have a Party

Read "The Blues and I Should have a Party" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

That most durable and indivisible of popular music genres: the blues. Traditionally of an eight-or twelve-bar architecture, if not something more primordial from the pre-Great Depression shellac of Mamie Smith, Tommy Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Charlie Patton. After years of sepia-toned, nostalgic reportage regarding the Ur-nature of this folk art, most of the cobwebs of ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Landon Spradlin, Jack Mack, Tom Craig, In Layman Terms, Bobby Rush, and the 2016 International Blues Challenge

Read "Landon Spradlin, Jack Mack, Tom Craig, In Layman Terms, Bobby Rush, and the 2016 International Blues Challenge" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

For two music genres often thought dead or near death, the blues and jazz continue to be two densities attracting talent for interpretation. The blues has been due a resurgence since the death of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and is likely to take off in the wake of the Rolling Stone's Blue and Lonesome (Polydor, 2016). Here ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bobby Rush: Porcupine Meat

Read "Porcupine Meat" reviewed by James Nadal

They don't call Bobby Rush the King of the Chitlin' Circuit for nothing. With an extraordinary discography, and legendary status as an enthusiastic live performer, Rush was recognized in 2015 with a fifty year, retrospective box set, titled “Chicken Heads," by Omnivore Recordings. Returning to his home state of Louisiana, and recorded in New Orleans, the ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Various Artists: Groove & Grind: Rare Soul 1963 - '73

Read "Groove & Grind: Rare Soul 1963 - '73" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

We call it “soul music" for a reason: Because from Ray Charles grooving on “America the Beautiful" to Maxwell gently hammering out his steps to “Ascension," the best soul music hits deep in our ears, our minds and our hearts.

Groove & Grind: Rare Soul 1963 -'73, which compiles more than 100 rare soul ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bobby Rush, Dr. John & Blinddog Smokin' Unite on "Decisions"

Bobby Rush, Dr. John & Blinddog Smokin' Unite on "Decisions"

Louisiana music legends Bobby Rush and Dr. John, two of the most colorful figures in the blues, have known each other for more than 50 years. They met as young men in their 20s on the early 1960s R&B circuit and have remained good friends ever since. “When they’re telling stories it’s hilarious because they’re talking about ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Bobby Rush Earns Grammy Nomination for Down in "Louisiana"

Bobby Rush Earns Grammy Nomination for Down in "Louisiana"

Mississippi roots artist Bobby Rush’s Down in Louisiana (Deep Rush/ Thirty Tigers) has been nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Blues Album. Produced by Paul Brown at his Ocean Soul Studios in Nashville, the disc revels in the grit, grind and soul that’s been the blues innovator’s trademark since the 1960s, when Rush stood ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Grammy-Nominated Bluesman Bobby Rush Stakes His Claim As A Living Legend

Grammy-Nominated Bluesman Bobby Rush Stakes His Claim As A Living Legend

New studio album Down in Louisiana, due February 19, 2013, updates the sounds of the swamps and the juke joints JACKSON, Miss. —Bobby Rush’s new Down in Louisiana is the work of a funky fire- breathing legend. Its 11 songs revel in the grit, grind and soul that’s been the blues innovator’s trademark since the 1960s, when he stood shoulder ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Voodoo Experience: New Orleans, USA, October 28-30, 2011

Read "The Voodoo Experience: New Orleans, USA, October 28-30, 2011" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

The Voodoo Experience
City Park
New Orleans, LA
October 28-30, 2011
Halloween in New Orleans can only mean one thing. Voodoo...a three day music festival, highlighted by a blending of high profile national and local musical acts representing many different genres. It also features food, amusement park rides, interactive art installations--including The ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Alphonso Sanders and Bill "Howl'n Madd" Perry: Twice as Nice Down in Mississippi

Read "Twice as Nice Down in Mississippi" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Down-home Delta blues is what can be expected from the duet of Alphonso Sanders and Bill “Howl-N-Madd" Perry. A popular act at clubs and festivals, the pair has released its first recording, Twice as Nice Down in Mississippi.

Sanders has been involved in music education for more than 25 years, and is currently chair ...