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Blues guitarist Lowell Fulson recorded steadily from 1946 onwards, and performed regularly on the US and European club circuits into the 90s. One of the founding fathers of West Coast blues, Fulson blended the rural blues of his home state Oklahoma, with the modern sounds of urban California. Fulson was raised in Atoka, close to the Texas border, and began his career performing with string bands and backing country blues vocalist Alger ‘Texas’ Alexander in the late 30s. During World War II he was stationed in Oakland, California, where he met record producer Bob Geddins. Following his discharge from the US Navy, Fulson recorded for several labels under the direction of Geddins, including Big Town, Down Town, Gilt Edge and Trilon

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Article: Film Review

Zappa

Read "Zappa" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Alex Winter Zappa Magnolia Pictures 2020 Composer, guitarist and iconoclast nonpareil, Frank Zappa was never an easy artist to pin down, as Alex Winter's perceptive and entertaining documentary makes abundantly clear. If an artist's music should speak for itself, what are we to make of Zappa's freakish '60s collage ...

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Article: Live Review

Jan Akkerman And Friends at Café de Noot

Read "Jan Akkerman And Friends at Café de Noot" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Jan Akkerman And Friends Café de Noot Hoogland, The Netherlands December 28, 2019 Is there a more exciting electric guitarist on the planet than Jan Akkerman? For most of those packing out Café de Noot the answer is no. When Akkerman is on form there are few electric six-stringers to ...

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Article: Album Review

Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue: Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue

Read "Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue" reviewed by James Nadal


The road from Texas to California runs right through T-Bone Walker, no detours about it. Since Walker packed his guitar and moved there in the 1940's, what is termed as West Coast Blues revolves around a style he defined. Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue is a blues ensemble founded by harmonica player and singer Mark ...

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Dave Stryker: Messin’ with Mister T

Read "Messin’ with Mister T" reviewed by Walter Atkins


Veteran jazz guitarist Dave Stryker's history includes playing and recording with the inimitable Stanley Turrentine from 1986 to 1995.His Messin' With Mister T (Strikezone Records), showcasing Turrentine classics, is a timely testimonial to the accomplished tenor's long career and extensive legacy. The legacy begins in the 50's for Turrentine while performing with adept musicians like Lowell ...

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Article: Album Review

Rhett Frazier, Inc: Every Day is Saturday

Read "Every Day is Saturday" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Rhett Frazier, Inc. might be based in East Los Angeles, but its music was first baked in the working class breadbasket of the American Midwest: Songwriter and vocalist Rhett Frazier grew up in Oklahoma, less than half an hour's distance from the home or birthplace of legendary soulmen Roy Milton ("the father of modern R&B") and ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Missives from Distant Fronts

Read "Missives from Distant Fronts" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Bio RitmoLa Verdad Electric Cowbell Records2011 In September 2011, Bio Ritmo, the ten-piece salsa band from Richmond (Virginia), celebrated twenty years together, no small accomplishment for a band originally formed (says its official company bio) “as a percussion ensemble brought together by two misplaced Puerto Ricans who met ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats to Perform in Edgely, PA, Sunday 17 April

Blues harmonica master /singer/songwriter Rick Estrin and his band The Nightcats will perform at the Terchon V.F.W. in Edgely on Sunday, April 17, 2011. Estrin and The Nightcats will be performing songs from their Alligator Records debut, Twisted. For more than 30 years and nine albums, Estrin fronted the jumping, swinging Little Charlie & The Nightcats, ...

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Take Five With Jay Smith

Read "Take Five With Jay Smith" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Jay Smith:Jay Smith has performed with dozens of groups all over California, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain in a wide range of music, from bebop and gypsy jazz to Latin rock and funk. He has worked with groups and musicians as Kelulu, Mento Buru, The Fresno Philharmonic, David Baron Stevens, Andre Bush, Mike ...

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Black Widow Spider Blues

Label: Catfish Records (UK)
Released: 2000
Track listing: 9:30 Shuffle/ Thinking Blues/ Wee Hours In the Morning/ My Baby/ Demon Woman/ Blues And Misery/ Ain


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