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Josh White

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Josh White overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles in the course of his lifetime. He experienced almost Dickensian privation as a child musician on the open road. Yet before he was twenty this child prodigy significantly influenced the Piedmont musical scene. When the Great Depression crippled the mainstream recording industry, White's early "race" recordings nevertheless sold briskly. Then, at the peak of his powers, he injured his hand and had to completely reinvent his style of guitar picking. Despite this, he went on to become an actor, radio, and cabaret star, a ground-breaking performer of powerful protest songs, and an intimate of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt

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Article: Radio

Michael Gregory Jackson, Francesca Remigi & Oles Brothers

Read "Michael Gregory Jackson, Francesca Remigi & Oles Brothers" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This show reminds me of a calzone stuffed with just about every imaginable filling. Appropriately, there's a wonderful new release from Italian drummer Francesca Remigi and her band Archipelagos. This is definitely one of the finest debuts of 2021—deep, contemporary and socially aware. The very respected guitarist, Michael Gregory Jackson, is also debuting his Frequency Equilibrium ...

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Joshua White

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“Joshua has immense talent … I was impressed by his daring and courageous approach to improvisation on the cutting edge of innovation. He is his own man…” – HERBIE HANCOCK >>> "Joshua White is one of the music scene’s most creative and technically accomplished pianists. Praised by legendary musicians like Herbie Hancock as having “immense talent” and lauded for his “daring and courageous approach to improvisation … on the cutting edge of innovation”, Joshua has distinguished himself as a formidable leader of distinct voice among his peers. Born and raised in Southern California, Joshua received early training at the piano and developed rapidly through rigorous study of both Western European Classical literature and the Black American Music traditions

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Article: Radio

50th Anniversary Blue Notes for June

Read "50th Anniversary Blue Notes for June" reviewed by Marc Cohn


Blue Note 50th anniversaries from June 1970, just two though: Horace Silver (That Healin' Feelin') and Lou Donaldson (Pretty Things). There was also a Reuben Wilson session, but it was never released, and only the 'vault gods' know if it was any good. But you know there's more (don't you?). 21st century music from the Posi-Tone ...

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Josh At Midnight

Label: Ramseur Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: St. James Infirmary; Raise A Rukus; Scandalize My Name; Jesus Gonna Make My Dyin’ Bed; Timber (Jerry The Mule); Jelly, Jelly; One Meat Ball; Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho; Don’t Lie Buddy; Number Twelve Train; Peter; Takin’ Names.

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Article: Album Review

Josh White: Josh At Midnight

Read "Josh At Midnight" reviewed by James Nadal


The pioneering music of singer/guitarist Josh White is a reflection of American history throughout the 20th century; his songs depicting racial, social, and political situations during his turbulent lifetime. With a career spanning five decades, White hit the road at age eight as a guide for blind blues musicians. In 1928, age fourteen, he signed with ...

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News: Recording

Bobby Rush, Dr. John & Blinddog Smokin' Unite on "Decisions"

Bobby Rush, Dr. John & Blinddog Smokin' Unite on "Decisions"

Louisiana music legends Bobby Rush and Dr. John, two of the most colorful figures in the blues, have known each other for more than 50 years. They met as young men in their 20s on the early 1960s R&B circuit and have remained good friends ever since. “When they’re telling stories it’s hilarious because they’re talking ...

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News: Radio

Hughes' Blues: The Langston Hughes Songbook

We know Langston Hughes as a celebrated African-American author of poems, essays, stories, memoirs and more. But Hughes also wrote songs-hundreds of them. Music was at the heart of his work, with jazz and blues informing the cadences, structures, and subject matter of many of his poems. In an early essay, “The Negro Artist and the ...

Album

Free And Equal Blues

Label: Little Angel Records
Released: 1998

Album

Josh White

Label: Little Angel Records
Released: 1969


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