Content by tag "conqueroo"

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jimmy "Duck" Holmes: Cypress Grove

Read "Cypress Grove" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Cypress Grove is the tale of two very different artists following well-tested and successful professional trajectories. While none of the Ur-bluesmen (Charlie Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson, Skip James, Ishmon Bracey) are living, there remain a few musicians who knew them while they were still alive. One such musician is Jimmy Duck Holmes of Bentonia, Mississippi. ...

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Rob Laufer: The Floating World

Read "The Floating World" reviewed by Doug Collette

Rob Laufer's first album in nine years, The Floating World, will no doubt compel repeated listenings after the first one, if only so the curious music lover can better distinguish how much he or she might have missed on that initial hearing. While the LP's main touchstones are a bit obvious, the process of distinguishing the ...

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Bobby Rush: Sitting on Top of the Blues

Read "Sitting on Top of the Blues" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

There exists a fertile underbelly to American Music. It is music that never experiences the success of a Jay Z or Beyonce, but is infinitely more vital and fecund than any of the synthesized, IPad-generated, “genius" generated sounds that have come out over the past 20 year. Sorry, but “rad beats" is not everything and second-hand ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

40th Annual Blues Music Awards at Cook Convention Center

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40th Annual Blues Music Awards
Memphis Cook Convention Center
Memphis, Tennessee
May 9, 2019

Mississippi writer David L. Cohn, in his 1948 book, Where I was Born and Raised (Houghton, Mifflin), defines the length of the Mississippi Delta thusly:

The Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of the Peabody ...

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Jimmie Vaughan: Baby, Please Come Home

Read "Baby, Please Come Home" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jimmie Vaughan has never risen to the level of stardom his late brother Stevie Ray Vaughan attained, but the elder sibling hasn't been any less loyal to the blues during the course of his career. Founding and maintaining the Fabulous Thunderbirds since 1974 (quite a bit prior to the renaissance of the genre his younger and ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Lone Justice: Newfound Ways To Be Wicked

Read "Lone Justice: Newfound Ways To Be Wicked" reviewed by Doug Collette

Despite the righteous advocacy of a like-minded artist by the name of Linda Ronstadt at the outset of its ultimately still-born career, Lone Justice stands as one of the most egregious victims of hype this side of Moby Grape. Charmingly guileless in the nascent stages of their evolution, the group ultimately succumbed to errant execution in ...

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Dennis Coffey: Live at Baker's

Read "Live at Baker's" reviewed by Doug Collette

The intimations of springtime on guitarist Dennis Coffey's Live at Baker's place it more closely in line with the balmy tone of Hot Coffey in the D: Burnin' At Morey Baker's Showplace Lounge (Resonance Records, 2016) than the insistent rhythm workout of One Night at Morey's: 1968 (Omnivore, 2018). Nevertheless, this three concert release, like its ...

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Gurf Morlix: Impossible Blue

Read "Impossible Blue" reviewed by Doug Collette

An object lesson in simplicity, Gurf Morlix' Impossible Blue is one fast shuffle away from pure excellence. Yet even with due recognition for this, his tenth album, the Americana Award-winning man may yet remain better known by association: collaboration with Americana master Peter Case on his eponymous debut and as a fifteen-year tenure Lucinda Williams (during ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Luther Russell: Medium Cool

Read "Medium Cool" reviewed by Doug Collette

The photo of Luther Russell wearing shades inside this digipak perfectly captures the attitude of this album's title, albeit with slightly self-effacing charm. But the music resounds even deeper in that regard. Russell's longstanding independence is the source of the infectious immediacy in his rock, and his do-it-yourself approach to making records creates loose, scrappy power ...

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Big Star: Live-r Than They Ever Were

Read "Big Star: Live-r Than They Ever Were" reviewed by Doug Collette

In recent years, the cult of personality surrounding power-pop pioneers Big Star has reached near-obsessive levels. Between band reissues large and small, tribute concerts and archiving of the solo work of its principals, Alex Chilton and the late Chris Bell, the devotion of the fan base has isn't likely to subside anytime soon either, so it's ...