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John Lee Hooker

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The Boogie Man Born near Clarksdale, Mississippi to a sharecropping family, John Lee Hooker's earliest musical influence came from his stepfather, Will Moore. By the early 1940's Hooker had moved north to Detroit by way of Memphis and Cincinnati. Hooker found work as a janitor in the auto factories, and at night, like many other transplants from the rural Delta, he entertained friends and neighbors by playing at "house parties". He was "discovered" by record storeowner Elmer Barbee who took him to Bernard Besman, who was a producer, record distributor and owner of Sensation Records, Besman leased some of his early Hooker recordings to Modern Records

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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 ...

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Article: Book Review

Immortal Axes: Guitars That Rock

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Immortal Axes: Guitars That Rock Lisa S. Johnson 388 pages ISBN: # 978-1648960239 Princeton Architectural Press 2021 Sometimes a guitar is just a guitar. More often, however, it's a talisman or a totem, a combination of toy and weapon, simultaneous object of love and hate. Above all, though, it'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 Café De Loge, Bar Lume And The Missy Sippy Blues & Roots Club

Read "Live From Café De Loge, Bar Lume And The Missy Sippy Blues & Roots Club" reviewed by Martin Longley


Wolf Vanwymeersch Café De Loge Gent, Belgium July 14, 2021 Towards the end of the Gent Jazz festival, there's an intersection with the usually much bigger Gentse Feesten street celebration. In July 2021, this hedonistic explosion was defused, but several venues presented intimate shows on the same dates, ...

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News: Education

Acclaimed Guitarist Nick Russo Offers Comprehensive Blues Guitar Masterclass Via Jam Play

Acclaimed Guitarist Nick Russo Offers Comprehensive Blues Guitar Masterclass Via Jam Play

With a 30-yr pedigree as composer, bandleader, International touring artist and session player with the likes of Jon Batiste, Russell Hall, Jimmy McGriff, and Vince Giordano & The Night Hawks, multi-instrumentalist Nick Russo has joined the esteemed list of educators offering courses via JamPlay, the leading online service providing guitar instruction. Russo joins a faculty of ...

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Article: Album Review

Bahama Soul Club: Bohemia After Dawn

Read "Bohemia After Dawn" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Soulful original music laced with judicious and striking samples, Bohemia After Dawn serves a textbook example of music that packs an impact larger than the sum of its parts. Written, arranged, produced and performed by Oliver Belz and André Neundorf (the Bahama Soul Club) plus guest musicians and singers live and looped, Bohemia After Dawn sets ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Soul Songs, Mose Songs & COVID Aid for Djibouti

Read "Soul Songs, Mose Songs & COVID Aid for Djibouti" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Bahama Soul Club Bohemia After Dawn Buyú Records 2020 Soulful original music laced with judicious and striking samples, Bohemia After Dawn serves a textbook example of music that packs an impact larger than the sum of its parts. Written, arranged, produced and performed by Oliver Belz ...

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John Lee Hooker: Documenting the Sensation Recordings 1949-1952

Label: Ace Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD1: Sally Mae; War is over (Goodbye California) (Extended Version); War is over (Goodbye California) (Alt Take)War is over (Goodbye California) (Extended Version of Gb LP; Boogie Chillen'; Henry's Swing Club; Drifting from Door to Door; Hobo Blues; Numbers Blues (Aka She Ain't Good for Nothin'); Alberta; Alberta (Alt Take); Howlin' Wolf; Crawlin' King Snake; Hoogie Boogie (Instrumental); Hastings Street Boogie (Extended Version); Build Myself a Cave (Aka the World is in a Tangle) (Take #1); Build Myself a Cave (Take #2); Build Myself a Cave (Take #3); Build Myself a Cave (Specialty LP Version); Graveyard Blues; Momma Poppa Boogie; Burnin' Hell; Sailing Blues (Aka Drifting Blues); Black Cat Blues. CD2: Weeping Willow Boogie; Miss Sadie Mae; Sail on Little Girl; Alberta Part 2; Wednesday Evening; Canal Street Blues; Huckle Up Baby; Let Your Daddy Ride; Goin' on Highway #51; My Baby's Got Somethin'; Boogie Chillen' #2 (Take 1); Boogie Chillen' #2 (Take 2); Boogie Chillen' #2 (Take 4); Boogie Chillen' #2; Boogie Chillen' #2 (Aka 21 Boogie) (Extended Version); Roll 'n' Roll (Alt Take); Rollin' Blues; Three Long Years Today; Strike Blues (Extended Version); Do My Baby Think of Me?; Give Me Your Phone Number (Alt Take); The Story of a Married Woman (Alt Take); Moon is Rising (Alt Take). CD3: John L's House Rent Boogie (Aka House Rent Boogie); John L's House Rent Boogie (Fragment) (Alt Incomplete Take); Queen Bee; Grinder Man; Walkin' This Highway; Women in My Life (Aka Goin' Away Baby); Tease Me Baby (Aka Tease Me over Baby); I Need Lovin' (Aka Tease Me over Baby); How Can You Do It; I'm in the Mood (Three Voice); I'm in the Mood (Humming Version); I'm in the Mood (With Harmonica Overdub); I'm in the Mood (Alt One Voice); Turn over a New Leaf; It Hurts Me So; It Hurts Me So (Alt Take); I Got Eyes for You; I Got Eyes for You (Take 2 or Take 5); Key to the Highway; I Got the Key (Aka Key to the Highway); Bluebird Blues; That's All Right; It's Time for Lovin' to Be Done; That's All Right Boogie (Under Dub).

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Five Guitarists With the Blues

Five Guitarists With the Blues

By 1971, my family had moved out of Manhattan for the northern reaches of Westchester County. I wasn't happy about being there, but it was better than dealing with overcrowded classrooms in the city and muggings in school stairways. Craving the city at 15, I started taking the train into New York to spend hours at ...


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