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Mississippi Fred McDowell was a stylist and purveyor of the original Delta blues, he was superb, equal parts Charley Patton and Son House coming to the fore through his roughed-up vocals and slashing bottleneck style of guitar playing. McDowell knew he was the real deal, and while others were diluting and updating their sound to keep pace with the changing times and audiences, Mississippi Fred stood out from the rest of the pack simply by not changing his style one iota. He was a stunning master of the bottleneck guitar style, playing in open-chord country tunings. Although generally lumped in with other blues "rediscoveries" from the '60s, the most amazing thing about him was that this rich repository of Delta blues had never recorded in the '20s or early '30s, didn't get "discovered" until 1959, and didn't become a full-time professional musician until the mid-'60s. Fred McDowell was a master of Delta country blues and the slide guitar

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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 ...

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Article: Album Review

Walker Family Singers: Panola County Spirit

Read "Panola County Spirit" reviewed by James Nadal


The significance of gospel singing in African-American musical heritage is indisputable and well documented. With a history dating back to the infamous period of slavery, it has served as a sense of relief and offered hope for redemption to the faithful. Rooted in the negro spirituals with their intense sorrow songs and joyful jubilees, they were ...

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Live From Old York: Michael Messer, Faris, Blazin' Fiddles & Söndörgő

Read "Live From Old York: Michael Messer, Faris, Blazin' Fiddles & Söndörgő" reviewed by Martin Longley


Michael Messer & Faris Pocklington Arts Centre November 21, 2015 The acoustic blues weekender at Pocklington Arts Centre has become a regular fixture, led by the English guitarist Michael Messer. He combines daytime tutorial workshop sessions with a Saturday night performance that features guest appearances by the attending players, ...

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Down With Jazz 2013

Read "Down With Jazz 2013" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Down With JazzMeeting House Squarejny: Dublin, IrelandSeptember 6-8, 2013 Father Conefrey must be turning in his grave. He's surely cursing the cruel fates, for jazz you see, is alive and kicking in Dublin. On New Year's Day 1934 Father Conefrey led a 3,000-strong protest on the streets of Mohill in County ...


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