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Mike Bloomfield

By the time Michael Bloomfield joined the Butterfield Blues Band in 1965 and thus played his way into blues and rock history, he was already an accomplished guitarist in the mold of his heroes Jimmie Rodgers, B.B.King, T-Bone Walker,etc. and could hold his own in the Southside Chicago clubs where he made his bones. He introduced the blues to a whole new generation, and opened the doors for the acknowledged masters to gain respect and recognition for their music. He always gave the original bluesmen their due and though he has slipped into the cracks of musical history, his contribution to the popularity and acceptance blues guitar is immense. Michael Bernard Bloomfield was born July 28, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois

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Heavy Music - The Complete Cameo Recordings 1966-1967

Read "Heavy Music - The Complete Cameo Recordings 1966-1967" reviewed by Doug Collette

Bob Seger has been stubbornly reticent about the distiribution of his catalog in the wake of the CD and the rise of streaming services, so the issue of his early output on Heavy Music: The Complete Cameo Recordings 1966-1967 is a sign of astute archiving. Ten tracks on a single disc isn't usually a treasure trove, ...

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BANG! The Bert Berns Story

Read "BANG! The Bert Berns Story" reviewed by Doug Collette

BANG! The Bert Berns Story Abramorama 2018 BANG! The Bert Berns Story compares favorably to The Terry Kath Experience (FilmRise, 2017), not just in the elevated quality of its conception and execution, but in its authorship by an offspring of the subject. Just as the Chicago guitarist's daughter, Michelle Sinclair, helmed the ...

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Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of An American Guitar Hero

Read "Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of An American Guitar Hero" reviewed by Doug Collette

Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of An American Guitar Hero Ed Ward 224 Pages ISBN: # 1613733283 Chicago Review Press 2016 Whether he meant to or not, in writing Michael Bloomfield: The Rise and Fall of an American Guitar Hero, Ed Ward mirrors his subject's style of guitar-playing. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Got A Mind to Give Up Living: Live 1966

Read "Got A Mind to Give Up Living: Live 1966" reviewed by Doug Collette

Real Gone Music's release of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band's Live 1966 is a godsend for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it reminds, if that's indeed necessary, of what a vital influence on contemporary blues was (and is) this sextet. Forget for a moment the profundity of an ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEW

Michael Bloomfield: From His Head to His Heart to His Hands

Read "Michael Bloomfield: From His Head to His Heart to His Hands" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Michael Bloomfield From His Head to His Heart to His Hands Sony Legacy Music 2014 Il ricordo dell'arte chitarristica sopraffina di Mike Bloomfield va adeguatamente tenuto vivo per i molti estimatori, ma anche per le giovani generazioni che non hanno avuto modo di conoscerlo direttamente. Questo è il compito importante ...

Mike Bloomfield: From His Head to His Heart to His Hands

Read "Mike Bloomfield: From His Head to His Heart to His Hands" reviewed by John Ephland

Michael Bloomfield was like a shooting star, a rolling stone who catapulted. Sorta like Hendrix, he lasted a little longer than the Purple Haze, until 1981, dying of a drug overdose at age 36. He suffered from insomnia as well as addiction. But for a time, if you were alive then (especially during the 1960s), and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Stephen Stills: Carry On

Read "Carry On" reviewed by Carlo Wolff

Stephen Stills is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who has contributed remarkable, deeply human--and humanizing--songs to the rock 'n' roll canon for going on 52 years. An unabashed liberal who has contributed to numerous political campaigns over the years, Stills puts passion and conviction into his artistry. He always has. Remember the first time you heard ...

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Joe Louis Walker Celebrates Alligator Debut with Philadelphia Performances

Joe Louis Walker Celebrates Alligator Debut with Philadelphia Performances

Award-winning guitar slinger, passionate vocalist and gifted songwriter Joe Louis Walker, currently celebrating the release of his Alligator Records debut, Hellfire, will perform at Warmdaddy's in Philadelphia on Friday, August 17 and Saturday, August 18, 2012. The Wall Street Journal celebrates Hellfire's “appealing immediacy" and says, “Walker's raspy, powerhouse voice is out front while his stinging ...

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Blues Legend Joe Louis Walker Celebrates Label Debut with Philadelphia Performances

Award-winning guitar slinger, passionate vocalist and gifted songwriter Joe Louis Walker, currently celebrating the release of his Alligator Records debut, Hellfire, will perform at Warmdaddy's in Philadelphia on Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18, 2012. Walker has been releasing groundbreaking music since 1986 and has toured—and continues to tour—worldwide. He has won four Blues Music ...


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