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Bobby Blue Bland

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In the 50s and early 60s, Bobby "Blue" Bland was one of the main creators of the modern soul-blues sound. Along with such artists as Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, and Junior Parker, Bland developed a sound that mixed gospel with blues and R&B. Bobby's style of soul-blues was punctuated with a big-band sound and slick, B.B. King-flavored guitar riffs. Bland was born on January 27, 1930 in Rosemark, Tennessee. a small town just outside Memphis. In 1947 he moved to the city with his mother and began his career, first as a singer in the gospel group the Miniatures, then in the loosely knit blues group the Beale Streeters, which included such future blues stars as Johnny Ace, B.B

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Article: Talking 2 Musicians

Oteil Burbridge: Long Live the Dead

Read "Oteil Burbridge: Long Live the Dead" reviewed by Alan Bryson


In 2015 rhythm guitarist Bob Weir and drummer Bill Kreutzmann, founding members of the Grateful Dead, formed the band Dead & Company, along with longtime Grateful Dead keyboardist Jeff Chimention and drummer / percussionist Mickey Hart. They enlisted some fresh blood into the band with the addition of singer/guitarist John Mayer, and bassist Oteil Burbridge. A ...

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Article: Album Review

Boz Scaggs: Out Of The Blues

Read "Out Of The Blues" reviewed by Doug Collette


It's been quite a while since Boz Scaggs' massive commercial breakthrough with Silk Degrees (Columbia, 1976), but even longer since he debuted as a solo artist, upon his departure from The Steve Miller Band, with his eponymous (domestic) debut album. Permeated with a soulful sense of the blues---even apart from the late Duane Allman's now-famous incendiary ...

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Article: Interview

John McLaughlin's American Farewell Tour with Jimmy Herring

Read "John McLaughlin's American Farewell Tour with Jimmy Herring" reviewed by Alan Bryson


Nearly five decades have passed since John McLaughlin set foot in America as a relatively unknown musician to join the fusion band Lifetime, with the great drummer Tony Williams and equally great organist Larry Young. Two days later he was in the studio with Miles Davis recording In a Silent Way. The breadth and scope of ...

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Article: Live Review

Tedeschi Trucks Band with Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers at Red Rocks

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Tedeschi Trucks Band with Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers Red Rocks Amphitheater Denver, CO July 29-30, 2017 The Tedeschi Trucks juggernaut continues to snowball. The band's inaugural Denver concert in November 2011 was at the Fillmore Auditorium; capacity 3,000. The venue quickly shifted to an annual summer show at Red ...

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Article: Live Review

Soule Indomitable at Nectar's

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Soule Indomitable Nectar's Burlington, VT March 29, 2017 Continuing to nurture their intermittent but nevertheless ongoing collaboration, members of two of the most distinctive ensembles of Burlington Vermont's current music scene played together each Wednesday evening during March at Nectar's and this final night, the culmination of the run, radiated more ...

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Article: Book Review

Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth

Read "Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth Josef Woodard 229 Pages ISBN: 978-1-935247-13-5 Silman-James Press 2016 A book on Charles Lloyd--one of the most celebrated and enigmatic jazz musicians of the past fifty years--has been a long time coming. It's been a while in the making too, for author ...

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News: Event

Charles Lloyd New Quartet Plays National Concert Hall, Dublin, 18 November

Charles Lloyd New Quartet Plays National Concert Hall, Dublin, 18 November

TEDDY D PROMOTIONS ARE PROUD TO PRESENT THE CHARLES LLOYD NEW QUARTET: NATIONAL CONCERTY HALL DUBLIN, 18 NOVEMBER, 2014 Charles Lloyd - Sax / Flute, Gerald Clayton – Piano, Joe Sanders – Bass, Eric Harland – Drums The critical consensus is that Charles Lloyd has never sounded better. As he enters his 75th year, the depth ...

News: Education

Jazz Swing & Blues Great Ernie Fields' Collection Donated to OKPOP Museum

Ernie Fields Jr., the music contractor for American Idol, The Voice, and X Factor; and his sister Carmen Fields, an acclaimed journalist in the Boston area, have donated items from their famous father Ernie Fields Sr., and some of their own work, to the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (OKPOP). The gift consists of artifacts, recordings, ...

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Article: Interview

Harold McMillan: Inspirational Commitment

Read "Harold McMillan: Inspirational Commitment" reviewed by Josep Pedro


Deeply involved in Austin's music and art community, Harold McMillan has been providing access and exposure primarily to traditions derived from African American culture for more than twenty years. Initially he started the Blues Family Tree Project, a documentary collective first conceived as an oral history project, which ultimately contributed to the founding of Diverse Arts ...


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