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Junior Wells was considered the direct musical descendant of modern blues harmonica legends John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson, "Sonny Boy" Williamson II (Rice Miller) and Little Walter Jacobs. An exponent of blues, funk and soul music, Wells developed a style incorporating all of those genres, and was a consummate stage performer who could back it all up. Born Amos Blakemore in 1934, Junior was raised on a farm in rural West Memphis and Marion, Arkansas. He became intensely interested in the music flowing from the fertile blues culture of Memphis and learned harmonica from his cousin Little Junior Parker

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Alligator founder provides blues fans insider look at running of label

Read "Alligator founder provides blues fans insider look at running of label" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Bitten By the Blues: The Alligator Records Story Bruce Iglauer with Patrick A. Roberts 338 Pages ISBN: 9780226129907 University of Chicago Press 2018 Bruce Iglauer's autobiographical history of Alligator Records is, in many ways, a story about technological change as much as it is about music. Yet, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Albert Castiglia: Up All Night

Read "Up All Night" reviewed by Doug Collette

Make no mistake, the ambiguity in the title of bluesman guitarist/composer Albert Castilglia's seventh album, Up All Night, is a positive attribute. Because as much as he trades in the tried and true of the blues, as on the rough-and-tumble, “Hoodoo On Me," he manages to imprint a personal stamp on what he does.On ...

Montreux Through The Decades: Blues, Soul & Funk Recordings, Part 1

Read "Montreux Through The Decades: Blues, Soul & Funk Recordings, Part 1" reviewed by Ian Patterson

As part of All About Jazz' tribute to Montreux Jazz Festival, which is celebrating its 50th edition in 2016, and to its founder, the late Claude Nobs, this second batch of live recordings features ten memorable blues, soul and funk concerts captured between 1973 and 2004. The first batch featured ten jazz recordings from concerts between ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alabama Mike: Upset The Status Quo

Read "Upset The Status Quo" reviewed by James Nadal

There is a famous song about blessing the child that's got his own. It was written at a time when making it independently was quite an achievement, though it can still be applied to musicians today. Alabama Mike (Michael Benjamin) was a truck driver that by luck and fate, in 1999, became a soul singer who's ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Buddy Guy at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Read "Buddy Guy at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

Buddy Guy with Special Guest Quinn Sullivan NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY October 3, 2013 Legendary Chicago guitarist Buddy Guy has seen and done it all. He is one of the greatest guitarists of his generation. The Louisiana-born, Guy was exposed to the blues at a young ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Live From Old York: Krar Collective, Big Boy Bloater, Jason & The Scorchers & Walter Trout

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Krar Collective National Centre For Early Music York, England October 5, 2012 Despite the increasing interest in Ethiopian music,-growing from retro appreciation to present day innovations-opportunities to catch live performances of these sounds are still reasonably scarce. The London-based Krar Collective set out to remedy this ...

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Hamonica Master James Cotton to Perform in Galloway October 22

Grammy Award-winning harmonica master James “Mr. Superharp" Cotton and his band will perform at the Stockton Performing Arts Center in Galloway on Monday, October 22, 2012. Cotton's latest CD, the Grammy-nominated Giant, is his long-awaited return to Alligator Records. Cotton, who in 2012 is celebrating his 68th year as a professional musician (starting at the age ...

Hoodoo Man Blues

Label: Delmark Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Snatch It Back and Hold It; Ships on the Ocean; Good Morning Schoolgirl; Hound Dog; In The Wee Wee Hours; Hey Lawdy Mama; Hoodoo Man Blues; Early In The Morning; We're Ready; You Don't Love Me, Baby; Chitlins Con Carne; Yonder Wall; Studio Chatter 1; I Ain't Stranded; Studio Chatter 2; In The Wee Wee Hours, alt; Studio Chatter 3; Hoodoo Man Blues, alt; Studio Chatter 4; Chitlins Con Carne, alt; Studio Chatter 5; Yonder Wall, alt take 7; Studio Chatter 6; Yonder Wall, alt. take 11; Studio Chatter 7; Yonder Wall, alt. take 13.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Junior Wells’ Chicago Blues Band: Hoodoo Man Blues

Read "Hoodoo Man Blues" reviewed by Nic Jones

Being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame could, in the overall scheme of things, mean everything or nothing, considering that Hoodoo Man Blues is as powerful an example of the Chicago Blues as has ever been captured on record. Singer/harmonicist Junior Wells was one of those surprisingly rare individuals who knew how ...


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