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Various Artists: Blues Kings of Baton Rouge

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Any musical genre gets its own regional twist, and this is especially the case with the blues. Just think of Chicago blues, Memphis blues and Detroit blues. However, a regional variant that has not been examined sufficiently is the blues of Baton Rouge. This fault is corrected by Blues Kings of Baton Rouge, a 2CD-set curated ...

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Shake Your Hips: The Excello Records Story by Randy Fox

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Shake Your Hips: The Excello Records Story Randy Fox 170 Pages ISBN: # 9781947026223 BMG 2018 As almost a vital act of nature, three books that would make a tidy trilogy in any musical world, were recently released independently. These are: Blues From The Bayou: The Rhythms Of Baton ...

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Blues From the Bayou: The Rhythms of Baton Rouge by Julian C. Piper

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Blues From the Bayou: The Rhythms of Baton Rouge Julian C. Piper 159 Pages ISBN: # 978-1455623099 Pelican Publishing Company, Inc. 2018 History may be told horizontally or vertically or some combination of both. Some historians give a 360-degree panoramic view of their subject, while others drill down deep ...

Meredith Monk, Will Mason & The Fabulous Thunderbirds

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Meredith Monk Brooklyn Academy Of Music March 18, 2018 The multivalent Meredith Monk gave the world premiere of her Cellular Songs work at BAM over five days. Your scribe, burdened by a heavy rotation of electronic seances, live soundtrack silent movies and late night jazz jointing, opted for the Sunday ...

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood: Betty's Blends Volume Three - Self-Rising Southern Blends (Limited Edition at The Warfield)

Read "The Chris Robinson Brotherhood: Betty's Blends Volume Three - Self-Rising Southern Blends (Limited Edition at The Warfield)" reviewed by Doug Collette

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood deserves special kudos for the creative approach they've taken to the latest release in their series of live concert recordings. The limited edition three-LP version of Betty's Blends Vol. 3 Self Rising Southern Blends includes a pair of CD's containing a West Coast concert recorded on a 2015 tour earlier than the ...

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Slim Harpo: Blues King Bee of Baton Rouge

Read "Slim Harpo: Blues King Bee of Baton Rouge" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Slim Harpo: Blues King Bee of Baton Rouge Martin Hawkins 416 Pages ISBN: # 978-0807164532 LSU Press 2016 James Moore, AKA, Slim Harpo, was a musician that existed at ground level. In his heyday, one was as likely to see him exiting the Excello Records in Nashville, TN one ...

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Live From Chicago: Matthew Skoller, Dengue Fever & Christian Scott

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Matthew Skoller Buddy Guy's Legends September 6, 2015 Perhaps the B.B. King Blues Club in NYC was modelled on Buddy Guy's Chicago joint, which opened way back in 1989. It certainly has a similar feel and concept, although Buddy's is more intimate than B.B.'s and noticeably more devoted to ...

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Grana Louise: Gettin’ Kinda Rough

Read "Gettin’ Kinda Rough" reviewed by Nic Jones

Blues singer Graná Louise has the kind of authoritative voice that broaches no contradiction, and on Gettin' Kinda Rough she delivers a batch of songs which nicely showcases her range. In view of the sublime authority of the original, she plays with fire in covering what was Slim Harpo's “I'm A King Bee" ...

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd to Tour with Experience Hendrix

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band has released LIVE! In Chicago, which showcases Kenny and his band, Noah Hunt, Chris Layton, Scott Nelson and Riley Osbourn, along with special guests, blues legends Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes" Smith, Buddy Flett, Bryan Lee and Tommy Shannon (of Double Trouble). While Kenny's musical career has been nothing short of phenomenal, ...


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