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Blues music has had its individualist performers with powerful, poetic feeling, tremendous instrumental virtuosity, or a unique sound. But if the tradition ever had its Everyman, it would be Jimmy Reed, the most popular Chicago blues performer of the 1950s and early 1960s. Jimmy Reed had a guitar technique that rarely varied, and his vocals were relaxed to the point where hearers couldn't always understand the words he sang. Yet Reed found a groove and stuck to it, creating a sound that any blues fan could identify after hearing only a few seconds of his music. That sound, moreover, influenced nearly every rock music ensemble that had a blues element in its style

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Ramsey Lewis & Urban Knights: VII

Read "VII" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Back in 1995, an executive named Carl Griffin at Ramsey Lewis' record label reportedly conceived the idea of forming a jazz “super group" around the well-established Chicago pianist. The resulting all-star project, deemed Urban Knights, featured Grover Washington Jr. and a rhythm section with Omar Hakim and bassist Victor Bailey, who'd worked together in the early ...

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Betty Davis: They Say I’m Different

Read "Betty Davis: They Say I’m Different" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Betty Davis Betty Davis: They Say I'm Different Native Voice Films 2018 The incisive documentary Betty—They Say I'm Different chronicled the humble beginnings and explosive career of the '70s trail blazer, composer and vocalist Betty Davis. Her bold music and incendiary stage persona was light-years ahead of the existing social ...

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Jimmie Vaughan: Baby, Please Come Home

Read "Baby, Please Come Home" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jimmie Vaughan has never risen to the level of stardom his late brother Stevie Ray Vaughan attained, but the elder sibling hasn't been any less loyal to the blues during the course of his career. Founding and maintaining the Fabulous Thunderbirds since 1974 (quite a bit prior to the renaissance of the genre his younger and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tony Joe White: Bad Mouthin'

Read "Bad Mouthin'" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

You might not recognize Tony Joe White by name but chances are you recognize his songs. A musical lone wolf born and raised on a Louisiana cotton farm about twenty miles from the nearest town (Oak Grove), White's unique blend of country funk and blues proved fertile for soulful singers from Elvis Presley ("Poke ...

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Tony Joe White: Bad Mouthin'

Read "Bad Mouthin'" reviewed by Doug Collette

If Tony Joe White's seventeenth album, Bad Mouthin', proves anything, it's how deeply evocative of his Southern heritage are his own songs, even as they stand next to--and sound of a piece with--those of Jimmy Reed, Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker and Charlie Patton. Appropriately, virtually all twelve tracks on this LP find the author of ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jimmy Dawkins: The Chicago Blues Box 2

Read "The Chicago Blues Box 2" reviewed by Chris Mosey

It's a strange but true story: how a French woman schoolteacher, reared on classical music and Gallic chansons, came to play a major role in reviving the fortunes of Chicago blues in the 1970s. Marcelle Chailleux was introduced to the blues by Jacques Morgantini, a founder member of the Hot Club de France. ...

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Gary Clark, Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan at the Iridium

Read "Gary Clark, Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan at the Iridium" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Gary Clark, Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan The Iridium New York, NY September 8, 2017 Speakeasy is a public television series that pairs Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers, Grammy Award winners, Tony Award winners and iconic musicians with an interviewer of their choice. The show features conversations between the stars and ...

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Andy T Band: Double Strike

Read "Double Strike" reviewed by James Nadal

It's hard enough to find a contemporary blues record with a decent vocalist, so it is quite special to encounter one with two. As the title boldly states, Double Strike by the Andy T Band, features a pair of veteran blues singers, Nick Nixon and Alabama Mike (Michael A. Benjamin), though the circumstances surrounding the production ...


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