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Son House

Son House, the legendary Delta blues singer and guitarist, was an original voice coming out of Depression era Mississippi. He embodied the isolation, poverty and alienation of the Delta, which translated into his visceral and gripping expressions, forming the bedrock of the blues idiom. His influence looms large in the annals of American popular music. House was born on the Mississippi River Delta, on a plantation between the towns of Lyon and Clarksdale. The Delta, formed by the Big Muddy's deposits of silt, is a flat belt of fertile land that has been used for farming since the eighteenth century

ARTICLE: BLUES DELUXE

Cotton Pickin' Blues

Read "Cotton Pickin' Blues" reviewed by Martin McFie

Blues began with enslaved African peoples' work songs in the cotton fields of the Deep South of America. The Slave Narrative of Mr. Sam Polite, given at 93 years of age, chronicles that life. It was written on St. Helena, a cotton producing Sea Island in the Carolinas, where Mr. Polite was born into slavery. The ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Dexter Payne: All Things, All Beings

Read "Dexter Payne: All Things, All Beings" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Clarinet, harmonica and saxophonist, composer and bandleader and musical globetrotter Dexter Payne is the type of musician who is most often categorized as “difficult to categorize." Profoundly influenced by physical and spiritual journeys through the cultures of America, the Middle East, Africa and Brazil, Payne's recorded output checks off every box from Mississippi delta blues to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Lance Canales & The Flood At Biscuits & Blues

Read "Lance Canales & The Flood At Biscuits & Blues" reviewed by Walter Atkins

Lance Canales & The Flood Biscuits & Blues San Francisco CA May 28, 2017 Lance Canales & The Flood rolled into Biscuits & Blues on a Sunday evening with their authentic foot stompin' blues and intimate life stories. Canales, a proud son of the Central California farm region, called Fresno home. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Ethan Margolis: Perfect Mission of Feeling

Read "Ethan Margolis: Perfect Mission of Feeling" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Describing guitarist, composer, bandleader, producer and conceptualist Ethan Margolis as a citizen of the world barely does him or his music justice. Born and raised in jny: Cleveland (OH), Margolis left the US when he was 21 to study the art of Gypsy flamenco guitar in Spain. He stayed there for more than a decade, living ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mississippi Heat: Warning Shot

Read "Warning Shot" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

My father, born in 1915 and having seen and heard such, would call Warning Shot “Roadhouse Music." More technically, this is “jump blues" employing a larger-than-average band with an unidentified horn section on a majority of the 16 selections, the longest clocking in at 5:36 and the shortest at 3:00. This is an old-fashioned recording of ...

Robert Johnson: King of the Delta Blues Singers Vol I & II

Read "Robert Johnson: King of the Delta Blues Singers Vol I & II" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Without a doubt, when it comes to blues music and its legacy,guitarist Robert Johnson is its preeminent performer and a key figure. For many, he is the greatest blues man of all time, certainly the most well regarded by modern popular culture. As such, his place in the vanguard of that pantheon has been secured. But ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Son House

Jazz Musician of the Day: Son House

All About Jazz is celebrating Son House's birthday today! Son House, the legendary Delta blues singer and guitarist, was an original voice coming out of Depression era Mississippi. He embodied the isolation, poverty and alienation of the Delta, which translated into his visceral and gripping expressions, forming the bedrock of the blues idiom. His influence looms ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Vogue Theater

Read "Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Vogue Theater" reviewed by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.

Tedeschi Trucks Band Vogue Theater Vancouver, BC November 8, 2013 Jazz has always taken from the pop music of its day and culturalized it, intellectualized it, added some soul or swing and for those who are capable, added the personalized artistic X factor that is unique to that artist's ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Interview: Davide Recchia

Q: Where did the interest in music originate from? A: I started becoming interested in music when I listened to some blues artist like Son House, Robert Johnson, Howlin' Wolf, and many others of that kind of blues. So I start to play my guitar to became a bluesman like that. Q: Were your parents supportive ...


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