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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: 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).

News: Video / DVD

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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Article: Under the Radar

The Rebel Festival

Read "The Rebel Festival" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


On the morning of July 4, 1960, there were more than a few signs of the mayhem that had taken place the night before in Newport, Rhode Island. Newport's Millionaires Row woke up to broken store windows, overturned vehicles, and storm drains clogged with garbage and beer bottles. One-hundred-eighty-two people, mostly young, New England college students ...

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Article: Live Review

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2020

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal  2020" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


2020 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Various Venues Montréal, Canada June 27-30, 2020 Above all else the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is a spectacular ten-day event: with around 2 million visitors and 500 concerts on 20 stages, it is ranked as the world's largest jazz ...

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Article: Album Review

John Lee Hooker: John Lee Hooker: Documenting the Sensation Recordings 1949-1952

Read "John Lee Hooker: Documenting the Sensation Recordings 1949-1952" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Sam Phillips of Sun Records fame had an ear for musicians who stood out. He liked artists who were different, and he recognized the earth-shaking potential of John Lee Hooker's “Boogie Chillen,'" an early blueprint, it could be argued, for the rock 'n' roll sound pioneered by Sun. Phillips didn't get the chance to bring Hooker ...


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