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Junior Kimbrough

David "Junior" Kimbrough, quite possibly the most important blues guitarist of the second half of the 20th century, redefined blues. Junior's approach to music is so hugely different from anything that came before him that he ranks among the three greatest bluesmen of all: Son House, Bukka White, and Fred McDowell. An originator, Junior did more than build on certain tradition or perfect a certain style. Junior re-imagined the blues; he made a sound for himself. If Junior's sister had been any kind of baby-sitter he might not have picked up the guitar. When Junior was too small to help his father work the fields his eldest sister stayed home with him

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Matador: Matador 3

Read "Matador 3" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Uruguayan guitarist and vocalist Santiago Bogacz, stage name Matador, blends various musical influences into a unique sound with a jazz influenced spontaneity. After two intriguing EPs he has put out his first full-length album. All three are untitled as each is labeled with original art work that sets it apart from the others. On ...

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Live From Birmingham: Benjamin Booker, Grey Wolf & Blondie

Read "Live From Birmingham: Benjamin Booker, Grey Wolf & Blondie" reviewed by Martin Longley

Benjamin Booker O2 Academy September 6, 2014 Usually, audience demographics are spread closely in line with the age of a performer, but such things were not predictable at Stateside bluesman Benjamin Booker's gig. Although born in Virginia, this 25-year-old singer/guitarist now dwells deep down in New Orleans, adopting many ...

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Matador: Matador

Read "Matador" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Matador is the stage name of Uruguayan guitarist, composer and songwriter Santiago Bogacz who is an eclectic, up and coming artist with immense talent and dynamic creativity. His versatile eponymous EP is self-released and contains four of his own songs that reflect his various sources of inspiration and his superb musicianship.The classically trained Bogacz ...

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81-year Mississippi blues/gospel singer makes debut album: Leo Welch

81-year Mississippi blues/gospel singer makes debut album: Leo Welch

BRUCE, Miss. (Population: 2,097) — The phone rings at the Oxford, Miss.-based label Big Legal Mess. An intern tells the caller, “Oh, we don’t really do blues here anymore.” One of the company’s principals overhears this and grabs the phone. On the other end of the line is one 81-year-old Leo “Bud” Welch from Mississippi’s Calhoun ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

North Mississippi Allstars at Highline Ballroom

Read "North Mississippi Allstars at Highline Ballroom" reviewed by David Miller

North Mississippi AllstarsHighline BallroomNew York, NYFebruary 26, 2010As expected, in the best way possible. When my friend (a North Mississippi Allstars virgin) asked what we were in for as the Allstars took the Highline Ballroom stage on a snowy Friday evening in New York, I told her some specifics: drummer Cody ...

Meet Me In the City

Label: Fat Possum Records
Released: 1999
Track listing: Meet Me In the City, Done Got Old, Baby Please Don

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Junior Kimbrough: Meet Me In the City

Read "Meet Me In the City" reviewed by Derek Taylor

With Kimbrough’s death in early '98 the blues world lost one its most uncompromising and idiosyncratic practitioners. All we’re left with now are posthumous collections like this one that out of necessity are forced to scrape the bottom of the corn liquor barrel for ‘new’ and releasable material. Though not imbued with the same level of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Junior Kimbrough: Meet Me in the City

Read "Meet Me in the City" reviewed by Ed Kopp

Along with his neighbor R.L. Burnside, the late Junior Kimbrough may have been one of the last of the old-school Mississippi bluesmen. Kimbrough died of heart failure last year at age 67.A popular singer and guitarist in northeast Mississippi, Kimbrough turned his house into a juke joint that became such a hot spot he ...


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