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Big Joe Williams

Big Joe played a 9-string guitar which he pounded, slapped and drove like a demented downhill slalom through a thicket of seminal Delta blues, singing in a gutsy, raw, emotion- exhausting voice. Many of his songs were loosely constructed around the beaten chassis of a familiar Mississippi tune or riff, but in his hands they were totally personal, often topical masterpieces.” - Ian Anderson - Folk Roots Born in Mississippi as one of 16 children, Williams learned to play guitar at five on a homemade instrument. By the time he was 12, he left home to hobo around Mississippi, playing and singing music wherever he could

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Noah Preminger: Some Other Time

Read "Some Other Time" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

After several releases, tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger's uniqueness has become more evident. In large part, this curve is due to Preminger's own patient development of a creative process; part is an individual style but much of the appeal is in how he creates around the broader dynamics of his various groups. What has been consistent, from ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Van Morrison at The Limerick Jazz Festival

Read "Van Morrison at The Limerick Jazz Festival" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Van Morrison Limerick Jazz Festival University Concert Hall Limerick, Ireland September 25, 2014 Who would have thought that Van Morrison commands a following as loyal and dedicated as fans of the Grateful Dead? The tickets for the singer's concert in Limerick had sold out in an hour and 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 ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Charlie Musselwhite Celebrates New Release with Performances in Wilmington & Sellersville

Charlie Musselwhite Celebrates New Release with Performances in Wilmington & Sellersville

Harmonicist/vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Charlie Musselwhite will give live performances at The Grand Opera House in Wilmington on Sunday, February 13 and at the Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, playing as part of “Hot Tuna Blues on Tour" featuring Musselwhite along with Hot Tuna (Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady and Jim Lauderdale. Musselwhite will be performing ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILE

Storyville Records: A Treasure Trove of Swinging Jazz

Read "Storyville Records: A Treasure Trove of Swinging Jazz" reviewed by Chris May

Since its foundation during the European revivalist movement of the early 1950s, Copenhagen-based Storyville Records has grown into a major repository of New Orleans, big band and mainstream recordings. With something approaching 600 releases in its back catalogue, the label is a treasure trove of jazz that swings. Founded in 1952 by Danish jazz ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Harmonica Master Charlie Musselwhite Celebrates New Release with a Performance in Philadelphia

Harmonicist/vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Charlie Musselwhite celebrates his return to Alligator Records with his new CD, The Well, and a live performance at the World Music Cafe on Wednesday, September 15, 2010. The album 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 legendary ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Charlie Musselwhite Returns to "The Well" on August 24

Charlie Musselwhite will release his new CD, The Well (Alligator Records) on August 24. A groundbreaking recording artist since the 1960s, Musselwhite continues to create trailblazing music while remaining firmly rooted in the blues. His worldly-wise vocals, rich, melodic harmonica playing and deep country blues guitar work flawlessly accompany his often autobiographical and always memorable original ...


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