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Big Bill Broonzy

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Although William Lee Conley “Big Bill” Broonzy achieved fame and success in the Chicago blues scene and the folk revival in the United States and abroad, some of his earliest encounters with the blues and his earliest experiences as a performer and song writer were in Arkansas. Born in Scott, Mississippi, on June, 26 1893, to Frank Broonzy and Mittie Belcher, Big Bill Broonzy was one of seventeen children. Broonzy soon moved with his family to the Pine Bluff area (Jefferson County), where he spent most of his childhood years. He began performing music at an early age, playing for social and church events on the fiddle, which he learned from his uncle, Jerry Belcher

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Article: Play This!

Rory Gallagher: I Wonder Who

Read "Rory Gallagher: I Wonder Who" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The blues was always close to Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher's heart. He covered tunes by Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzy, Melvin Jackson, Otis Rush, Blind Boy Fuller, Rosco Gordon, Bo Carter, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Son House. He also recorded with Muddy Waters, Albert King and Albert Collins. This Muddy Waters song from the million-selling live ...

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Article: Film Review

My Name Is Ottilie At The Queen's Film Theatre + Q&A

Read "My Name Is Ottilie At The Queen's Film Theatre + Q&A" reviewed by Ian Patterson


My Name Is Ottilie (DoubleBand Films, 2022) + Q&A Queen's Film Theatre jny:Belfast, Northern Ireland January 28, 2023 Most music biopics tell a linear story, chapter by chapter, and then close the book. History as entertainment. The best documentaries, however, act as catalysts, creating a revival of interest in the subject, ...

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Article: Album Review

Greg Prevost: Songs For These Times

Read "Songs For These Times" reviewed by Scott Gudell


Greg Prevost never hides who or what his early influences were. They include five Brit Brats who journeyed to the blues fountainhead of Chess/Chicago/USA in 1964. When Prevost eventually slammed the garage door on his long lived band, The Chesterfield Kings, he turned his eyes back to the prize of the Chicago and Delta blues. Continuing ...

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Article: Album Review

Jon Cleary: The New Orleans Collection: So Swell

Read "The New Orleans Collection: So Swell" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Newvelle Records, which was established in 2015, believes that in the digital age there is an opportunity to build a new model for the creating and distributing music. Each year, Newvelle releases a series of six albums, exclusively on vinyl, that pairs musicians with celebrated artists, writers and poets. The New Orleans Collection contains four single ...

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Article: Profile

The Very Singular Mr. Ran Blake

Read "The Very Singular Mr. Ran Blake" reviewed by Duncan Heining


There have been few American composers and musicians, with the ability to encapsulate their country's music in all its racial and ethnic complexity. We might perhaps point to Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives and perhaps, in their own distaff ways, Harry Partch and Steve Reich. In jazz, their number is fewer still--Duke Ellington and George ...

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Article: Interview

Dexter Payne: All Things, All Beings

Read "Dexter Payne: All Things, All Beings" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Clarinet, harmonica and saxophonist, composer and bandleader and musical globetrotter Dexter Payne is the type of musician who is most often categorized as “difficult to categorize." Profoundly influenced by physical and spiritual journeys through the cultures of America, the Middle East, Africa and Brazil, Payne's recorded output checks off every box from Mississippi delta blues to ...

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Article: Live Review

Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio at Dazzle

Read "Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio at Dazzle" reviewed by Geoff Anderson


Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio Dazzle Denver, CO November 10, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio. Two acts for the price of one? Two different artists welded together for the sake of a concert? Hardly. Salvant has been performing with Diehl and his trio for ...

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Article: Lyrics

I 10 Cd nel CD-Player di... Dave Rempis

Read "I 10 Cd nel CD-Player di... Dave Rempis" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


01. Secret Museum of Mankind -North Africa 1925-1948 (Yahoo Records-1997). Una fantastica compilation che ho trovato al Papa Jazz, uno dei mie negozi di dischi preferiti a Columbia, mentre ero in tour da quelle parti. 02. Albertina Walker-Platinum Gospel (Sonorous Enterntainment-2011). Un'altra compilation questa volta di grandi cantanti di ...

News: Recording

Alvin Lee still on the Road to Freedom

Alvin Lee still on the Road to Freedom

More than four decades have passed since Alvin Lee stood front and center at the famed Woodstock festival with his band Ten Years After and told half million or so fans, “I’m Going Home . . . by helicopter.” Forty-three years later, Alvin Lee hasn’t arrived at his destination yet, as the title of his new ...


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