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2001 marked the Golden Anniversary of a GOLD Record from an Era when Fifty-thousand 45’s was a BIG Seller. That 500K-selling single cut the edge of a new style before deejay Alan Freed named it: ROCK & ROLL. Sam Phillips, Sun Studios founder, tagged that Billboard #1 R&B Smash as the very first "Rock & Roll Recording". Every hell-raiser, hip-shaker, and hit-maker owes a nod to that teenager recognized by Rock historians as the "Father of Rock & Roll".

That Billboard bullet, "Rocket 88", was penned by a 19-year old boogie-woogie boy and his back-up band, "The Kings of Rhythm", for their first Sun Studios session in March 1951. B.B. King introduced the kid to Phillips, but he did not have a song - yet. So, on that rainy ride up Highway 61 to Memphis with their gear strapped on top, inspiration and lightening struck. The first muscle car - a highway cruiser - the hot, new, Oldsmobile "Rocket 88" was the subject and title of that historic #1 Hit. His lead vocalist, Jackie Brensten, and his side band, "The Delta Cats", were mistakenly credited with the song by Chess Records, who released it. But those that know Rock history know The Kings of Rhythm were the real rockers toiling in the shadows of their own success. That kid is referred to by Little Richard as "The Man". B.B. King proudly echoes, "He’s the best band leader I‘ve ever seen." The kid who became "The Man" is Ike Turner.

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Article: Live Review

Lizz Wright at Yoshi's Oakland

Read "Lizz Wright at Yoshi's Oakland" reviewed by Walter Atkins


Lizz Wright Yoshi's Oakland Oakland CA June 29, 2022 The accomplished vocalist and songwriter Lizz Wright introduced an exceptional blend of gospel, folk and jazz genres to an exuberant assembly at Yoshi's. Wright, accompanied by pianist Kenny Banks, gracefully took the stage to a full house in one of the San ...

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Article: Blues Deluxe

Summer 2022

Read "Summer 2022" reviewed by Doug Collette


Blues Deluxe is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent blues and roots-music releases of note, spotlighting titles in those genres that might otherwise go unnoticed under the cultural radar. The Phantom Blues Band Blues For Breakfast Little Village Foundation 2022 The hyperbole of Bill Bentley's ...

Article: Book Review

Ted Gioia: Delta Blues

Read "Ted Gioia: Delta Blues" reviewed by Vic Albani


Delta Blues Ted Gioia 504 pagine ISBN: # 9788859266044 EDT 2020 Selezionato dal New York Times e da The Economist come uno dei cento migliori libri del 2008 vede la luce, grazie al sempre attento lavoro di Siena Jazz, una delle analisi più interessanti di sempre dedicate al mondo ...

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Article: Live Review

Live From Old York: Big Boy Bloater, Dreadzone & Oli Brown

Read "Live From Old York: Big Boy Bloater, Dreadzone & Oli Brown" reviewed by Martin Longley


Big Boy Bloater City Screen Basement York, UK December 5, 2013 The Bloater returneth, just over a year after his last appearance in York. Back then, he was joined by his full combo, but this 2013 show was a part of the Big Boy's solo tour, ...

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Article: Hardly Strictly Jazz

A Few Frames Of Public Access Art

Read "A Few Frames Of Public Access Art" reviewed by Skip Heller


Music and television have always worked together, and through the history of the medium, apocolypses have happened because the world was tuned in together. Language quickly becomes hyperbole when people recall Elvis Presley or the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, Ricky Nelson's fantastic weekly performances on his parents' show (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), any number ...

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Joe Louis Walker Celebrates Alligator Debut with Philadelphia Performances

Joe Louis Walker Celebrates Alligator Debut with Philadelphia Performances

Award-winning guitar slinger, passionate vocalist and gifted songwriter Joe Louis Walker, currently celebrating the release of his Alligator Records debut, Hellfire, will perform at Warmdaddy's in Philadelphia on Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18, 2012. The Wall Street Journal celebrates Hellfire's “appealing immediacy" and says, “Walker's raspy, powerhouse voice is out front while his stinging ...

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Article: Album Review

Erik Deutsch: Demonio Teclado

Read "Demonio Teclado" reviewed by Florence Wetzel


The title of Erik Deutsch's Demonio Teclado means “Keyboard Demon"--and indeed he is. Raised in Washington, DC and Nashville, Deutsch spent ten years in Colorado honing his craft, receiving a degree from the University of Colorado in piano performance, plus studying and playing with pianist Art Lande and gigging with trumpeter Ron Miles. In the mid-2000s ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Blues Legend Joe Louis Walker Celebrates Label Debut with Philadelphia Performances

Award-winning guitar slinger, passionate vocalist and gifted songwriter Joe Louis Walker, currently celebrating the release of his Alligator Records debut, Hellfire, will perform at Warmdaddy's in Philadelphia on Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18, 2012. Walker has been releasing groundbreaking music since 1986 and has toured—and continues to tour—worldwide. He has won four Blues Music ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Lindholm / Otto Donner: More Than 123

Read "More Than 123" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


The world is a heavy object: a very heavy object. And there are times on More Than 123 when the weight of the world seems to press down particularly heavily on the shoulders of Finnish singer and guitarist Dave Lindholm. Thankfully, Lindholm responds with a wealth of stories delivered with a gritty, bluesy, voice and backed ...


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