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ARTICLE: BLUES DELUXE

Fall 2018

Read "Fall 2018" reviewed by Doug Collette

Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note. It spotlights titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. Introductory text goes here.

Shemekia Copeland
America's Child
Alligator Records
2018

Notwithstanding its topical undercurrent, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Last Waltz 40 Tour at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

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The Last Waltz 40 Tour
NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Westbury, NY
February 3, 2017

On November 25, 1976 (Thanksgiving), the Canadian-American rock group the Band gave its farewell concert at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom. The concert was filmed by director Martin Scorsese and made into the documentary, The Last Waltz. The ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of An American Guitar Hero

Read "Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of An American Guitar Hero" reviewed by Doug Collette

Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of An American Guitar Hero
Ed Ward
224 Pages
ISBN: # 1613733283
Chicago Review Press
2016

Whether he meant to or not, in writing Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of an American Guitar Hero, Ed Ward mirrors his subject's style of guitar-playing. ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Michael Bloomfield: From His Head to His Heart to His Hands

Read "Michael Bloomfield: From His Head to His Heart to His Hands" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Michael Bloomfield
From His Head to His Heart to His Hands
Sony Legacy Music
2014

Il ricordo dell'arte chitarristica sopraffina di Mike Bloomfield va adeguatamente tenuto vivo per i molti estimatori, ma anche per le giovani generazioni che non hanno avuto modo di conoscerlo direttamente. Questo è il compito importante ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Ed Palermo: Not Only In It For The Money

Read "Ed Palermo: Not Only In It For The Money" reviewed by Duncan Heining

It's been twenty years since saxophonist-composer-arranger Ed Palermo and his Big Band began playing the music of Frank Zappa. Twenty years, not a lot of bread but a whole lot of love from fans and musicians alike. Oh No! Not Jazz!! on Cuneiform Records marks the band's fourth Zappa album and the third for that remarkable ...

Mike Bloomfield: From His Head to His Heart to His Hands

Read "Mike Bloomfield: From His Head to His Heart to His Hands" reviewed by John Ephland

Michael Bloomfield was like a shooting star, a rolling stone who catapulted. Sorta like Hendrix, he lasted a little longer than the Purple Haze, until 1981, dying of a drug overdose at age 36. He suffered from insomnia as well as addiction. But for a time, if you were alive then (especially during the 1960s), and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign

Read "Born Under a Bad Sign" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

First things first. Left-handed blues guitarist Albert King played a right-handed, right-strung guitar turned upside down. Left-handed blues guitarist Jimi Hendrix played a right-handed, left-strung guitar upside-down.

That said..

When Albert King came to Memphis and signed with Stax records in 1966, no parties knew exactly what effect King's blues sensibilities would have on ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Blues Harmonica Icon Curtis Salgado Brings 'Soul Shot' to Sellersville, PA

Award-winning vocalist/songwriter/harmonica icon Curtis Salgado will celebrate the release of his blistering Alligator Records debut CD, Soul Shot, with a live performance at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Winner of the 2012 Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Artist Of The Year, Salgado effortlessly mixes R&B, funk and blues with a ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Harmonica Master Charlie Musselwhite to Perform in New Hope

Harmonica Master Charlie Musselwhite to Perform in New Hope

Harmonicist/vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Charlie Musselwhite, touring in support of his Grammy-nominated Alligator Records CD, The Well, will perform live at The New Hope Winery in New Hope on Friday, May 4, 2012. The Well is an authentic slice of Charlie's deep blues roots with musical flavors from Mississippi to Chicago to California, including help on one song from ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Hendrik Meurkens: Harmonica Virtuoso

Read "Hendrik Meurkens: Harmonica Virtuoso" reviewed by Victor Verney

Although at first Hendrik Meurkens' primary instrument was the vibraphone, he has garnered an international reputation as a jazz harmonica player since picking up that difficult-to-master instrument. Born in Germany, Meurkens came to the U.S. to study at Boston's Berklee School of Music. After returning to Europe for a time, he decided to go live in ...