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Magic Sam

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The late Magic Sam was a brilliant guitarist and a soaring, urgent vocalist. Dead from heart failure at the untimely age of thirty-two in 1969, Samuel Maghett was a pivotal figure whose memorable originals, like "All of Your Love," expanded the parameters of the blues with fresh melodic lines and rich, modern-sounding chord voicings. By transcending the twelve-bar song structure, Maghett made a major break from the Fifties style of Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Jimmy Rogers. This paved the way for such soul-drenched blues stylists as Jimmy Johnson and Lonnie Brooks, as well as contemporary songsmiths like Robert Cray

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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: Album Review

Boz Scaggs: Out Of The Blues

Read "Out Of The Blues" reviewed by Doug Collette


It's been quite a while since Boz Scaggs' massive commercial breakthrough with Silk Degrees (Columbia, 1976), but even longer since he debuted as a solo artist, upon his departure from The Steve Miller Band, with his eponymous (domestic) debut album. Permeated with a soulful sense of the blues---even apart from the late Duane Allman's now-famous incendiary ...

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Article: Album Review

Various Artists: Groove & Grind: Rare Soul 1963 - '73

Read "Groove & Grind: Rare Soul 1963 - '73" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


We call it “soul music" for a reason: Because from Ray Charles grooving on “America the Beautiful" to Maxwell gently hammering out his steps to “Ascension," the best soul music hits deep in our ears, our minds and our hearts. Groove & Grind: Rare Soul 1963 -'73, which compiles more than 100 rare soul ...

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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 ...

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Blues Harmonica Icon Curtis Salgado Brings 'Soul Shot' to Sellersville, PA

Award-winning vocalist/songwriter/harmonica icon Curtis Salgado will celebrate the release of his blistering Alligator Records debut CD, Soul Shot, with a live performance at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Winner of the 2012 Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Artist Of The Year, Salgado effortlessly mixes R&B, funk and blues with a ...

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Article: Live From New York

Live From The Bell House: Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars, Big Sandy And His Fly-Rite Boys, Dennis Coffey & Syl Johnson

Read "Live From The Bell House: Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars, Big Sandy And His Fly-Rite Boys, Dennis Coffey & Syl Johnson" reviewed by Martin Longley


Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars The Bell House May 28, 2011 Down in Gowanus again, a few blocks away from its toxic canal, a proximity that doesn't impair The Bell House's ability to present great music, or even discourage folks from sitting outside in the newly-arrived swelter. How charming, to ...

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Article: Talkin' Blues

Susan Tedeschi: Dreams and Legends

Read "Susan Tedeschi: Dreams and Legends" reviewed by Alan Bryson


A string of Grammy-nominated albums, along with a critically acclaimed and commercially successful DVD of her appearance on the American television program Austin City Limits, have helped to establish Susan Tedeschi as one of today's premiere blues artists. On top of that, she's performed in front of millions of music lovers by headlining numerous festivals and ...

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Article: Album Review

Eddie C. Campbell: Tear This World Up

Read "Tear This World Up" reviewed by Nic Jones


Eddie C. Campbell might have been born in Mississippi, but it's his mastery of Chicago blues, and more particularly the west side variant of the form, that he's known for. He's a guitar slinger of the first order too, one of the few who can still get sufficient life out of the blues form, as opposed ...

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Article: Album Review

Eddie C. Campbell: Tear This World Up

Read "Tear This World Up" reviewed by John Barron


A native of Duncan, Mississippi, guitarist/vocalist Eddie C. Campbell is one of the last of the originators of the West Side sound of Chicago blues still performing in their prime. Campbell began his recording career with a handful of singles in the sixties, but the record that put him on the blues map was King of ...


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