Saturday, September 28, 2013

Emily Bell...BTR Live Studio....soulful blues

Emily Bell is a Texas musician who belts out soulful rock n' roll that effortlessly incorporates elements of delta blues, '60s rock, and girl-group glam. Raised in musical theater and taught by seasoned performers, her power is clearest onstage, where she delivers what she likes to call "technicolor rock 'n' soul" with the help of her partner and musical companion John Evans. Gaining popularity in Austin through riveting SXSW performances and her performing-arts fests, Summer Camp! and Winter Camp!, Bell is set to continue making a name for herself in both the local and national scenes.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Muddy Waters..The Ultimate Collection

In the late 1940s and early '50s, Chicago was the epicenter of the blues explosion; all the roads led there, from the Mississippi Delta, the Midwest and the Southeast. It all began in 1948 with the release of a 78-rpm single by a singer-guitarist called Muddy Waters. Aristocrat 1305 bore a pair of traditional Mississippi Delta-styled pieces "I Can't Be Satisfied" and "I Feel Like Going Home", and on them, Waters powerfully syllabized mighty singing. At the age of thirteen Muddy took up the harmonica and four years later he made the switch to guitar. "You see, I was digging Son House and Robert Johnson.", the two absolute masters of that typical "bottleneck" guitar style. This technique made the sliding bottleneck guitar a perfect extension and a mimer of a bluesman voice, matching the dips, twists, glissandos and all the shady tonal skips within its 12-bar score. Pianists Sunnyland Slim and Eddie Boyd and guitarist Blue Smitty played with Muddy on the very beginning of his Chicago's South Side fame.

Sunnyland was especially involved in Muddy's career take-off; he invited Muddy to participate in his 1947 Aristocrat session ("Johnson Machine Gun") and immediately after, Muddy had his own Aristocrat debut with his "Gypsy Woman". But nothing compares to the "I Can't Be Satisfied" clamor that became Muddy's first national R&B hit in 1948. When Muddy Waters put together his own band with Little Walter on harmonica, Jimmy Rogers as the second guitar and Baby Face Leroy Foster on drums (and guitar), all of them powerful singers, he knew their superiority among the South Side performers and beyond, was ubiquitous. By 1951 Waters was already the R&B charts king producing one hit after another. "Louisiana Blues", "Long Distance Call", "Honey Bee", "Still A Fool", "She Moves Me" and "Mad Love" are just a few titles that marked the epoch.

His 1950 classic "Rollin' Stone" didn't chart, but it brought good fortune to a young, emerging British band. With Willie Dixon, the veteran bassist and a talented songwriter, the band was finally complete, enabling Waters to achieve even wider success through the many songs he wrote ("I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man", "Just Make Love To Me", "I'm Ready").  After 1958 his titles are totally urban, like "Walking Thru The Park" "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had" and the anthemic "Got My Mojo Working," and "She's Nineteen Years Old" among others. Muddy's blues survived the big changes of the 60s and became a world-known classic in the 70s.

The Ultimate Collection is 18 of his finest recordings....

1. Rollin' Stone
2. I Can't Be Satisfied
3. Baby, Please Don't Go
4. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man
5. I Just Want To Make Love To You
6. I'm Ready
7. Smokestack Lightnin'
8. Forty Days And Forty Nights
9. I Love The Life I Live (I Live The Life I Love)
10. Got My Mojo Working
11. Southbound Train
12. Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl
13. Going Down Slow
14. Gypsy Woman
15. I Feel Like Going Home
16. Walkin' Blues
17. You Shook Me
18. Lonesome Road Blues


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Jimmy Rogers All Stars...Blues Blues Blues

Back in 1969, Muddy Waters and Otis Spann teamed with young guns Paul Butterfield and Michael Bloomfield to create Fathers & Sons. The idea was to match the sagacity of the "old timers" with the flash and commercial muscle of the upstarts. Nearly three decades later, Jimmy Rogers (like Spann, an alumnus of Waters's commanding '50s group) holed up in the studio with Butterfield-Bloomfield contemporaries Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Stephen Stills; the result is Blues Blues Blues, the late singer-guitarist's swan song.

Here's something to ponder: Waters was 54 when Fathers & Sons was recorded, the same age as Jagger when he cut his two tracks for this set. So maybe this collection should have been called Great-Grandfathers & Grandfathers. That said, Jagger's two contributions to Blues Blues Blues highlight this effort; he sounds invigorated dueting with the steady-rollin' Rogers on "Trouble No More" and gooses up Sonny Boy Williamson's "Don't Start Me to Talkin'" with studied nonchalance. With other rock-era titans (Taj Mahal, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page) and blues stalwarts (Carey Bell, Johnnie Johnson, Hound Dog Taylor & the Houserockers drummer Ted Harvey) along to lend support, Blues Blues Blues is a star-studded sendoff to one of the blues' noble patriarchs. --Steven Stolder (Amazon review)


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mangus..The Chicken and The Cow Record..raw blues from down under

Mangus is a blues and gospel musician from Hobart, Tasmania who draws from the influence of pre-war blues, gospel and jazz. After releasing his first album ‘The Cow and The Chicken Record’ in 2008, Mangus has become a regular performer on the Tasmanian music scene, including festivals such as MONA FOMA (2011), Cygnet Folk Festival (2011) and The Falls Music and Arts Festival (2009, 2010).

His growling vocal style and aggressive abilities on the Tri-cone Guitar has proved Mangus to be a truly unique performer.In 2011 Mangus began performing with jazz composer and double bassist Oliver Plapp, with the extended Mangus Trio and His Gospel Singers making their debut in November 2011. This large group consists of Oliver Plapp, Ritnarong Coomber on percussion, with His Gospel Singers Amelia Johnson, Katy Raucher, Tess Bennet, Sam McKinley and Tom Webster.

In 2012 Mangus has released his second album “Mangus Duo”, featuring the raw acoustic performances of his performances with Oliver Plapp.

Mangus has also performed at...

The Falls Music and Arts Festival Marion Bay (2009/10, 2010/11),
Cygnet Folk Festival (2011),
MONA FOMA (2011)
Tasmanian Beerfest (2009 and 2010)
The Hobart Fringe Festival (2006 and 2009)
The Gig In The Gardens (2006)

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Dashboard Hula Girls...Suit and dobro country blues!

new music video in advance of CD release.

Just released this week, "Suit and Tie" is a new Dashboard Hula Girls piece, classic country blues, open tuning, alternating bass on a Martin J40 with Dobro slide on the side. “Suit and Tie” is a noirish black and white ode to the gospel roots of country blues with a dash of southern gothic and hints of the Blues Brothers.

The Dashboard Hula Girls are a music project based in Beacon, NY producing music based on early 20th century blues and reflective of the current resurgent interest in Americana and roots based music. Suit and Tie is being released ahead of an EP expected in October 2013. The song and video were written and edited by DJ El Jefe, leader of the Dashboard Hula Girls. The song was recorded and engineered by Thunder Pumpkin Recording in Lambertville, NJ.

The video was shot in the historic Old Saint Peter’s Church in Van Cortlandville, NY, built in 1757. We are told George Washington napped here during the revolutionary war. Video was shot on two iPhones with the 8MM app and edited in Final Cut Pro.

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Owen album, "The Pilgrim", recently released...blues rock

Owen Campbell has been playing guitar since he was 9 years old and is one of Australia’s most talented slide guitar players and songwriters, with his gravelly blend of blues, roots, soul and country, with a voice that belies his young age.

Along with his unflinching ability to sing it sweet and play it dirty, he creates a perfect blend of melody that’s simple but right, as is the way with the blues…

Described as “Possibly one of the best performers to come out of Australia for quite sometime, amazing lap steel slide guitar and a song writing ability that belies his years” (Argus News Ireland),

Campbell combines a moving, gutsy, old time sound that marries authenticity with incredible energy.

Its honest music that tells a story, rich with influences from The Band, Van Morrison, Townes Van Zandt, a little Johnny Cash, and the raspy emotion of Ray Lamontagne, Campbell’s bluesy drawl melded with a soulful slide guitar, beckons his audience to join him in his steamy, swampy, growling world.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Blues Came Down From Memphis

This album has long been a revered collectors' item, first appearing on Decca's London label in 1965. Compiled by Mike Vernan, later of Blue Horizon fame, it was a pioneering introduction to the "other side" of the city's most acclaimed label, "Sun Records".

When originally released, the album rescued fourteen of these sides from undeserved obscurity, collected them together for the first time and proved to be a revelation to blues lovers and collectors everywhere. The music was raw, earthy and powerful, and in such examples as 1954's "Cotton Crop Blues", acted as a timely reminder that the electric blues was no recent development. The album epitomised the rich blues blues scene that flourished in and around Memphis in the early 1950's.

The 20 tracks on this collection include the likes of Doctor Ross, James Cotton, Rufus Thomas Jr, Little Milton, Joe Hill Louis and Little Junior's Blue Flames


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Eileen Howard....Blues In the Green Room...Live at the Garden Theater, Columbus OHIO

Eileen Howard is an award winning vocal jazz artist making her debut with the blues. She harnesses the genre as one of those rare entertainers with the sensitivity and witty flair to deeply evoke the human sensibilities (especially the feminine ones). Her newest album "Blues in the Green Room" comes off as the charming, therapeutic slapstick.

5 things to know about Eileen Howard’s Blues in the Green Room are,
  • - It’s a live recording that captures all the immediacy and authenticity of Howard’s thoughtfully chosen blues standards and revelatory obscurities.
  • - Howard handles topics that make for unsettling table conversation with the compassionate joshing that comes from a unique inner strength and personality.
  • - Her down-home humor comes out in her rendition of Willie Dixon’s “Built For Comfort,” originally written for Howlin’ Wolf to celebrate, and sweetly poke fun at, his robust stature.
  • - Blues in the Green Room was produced by Howard herself, and was recorded live at The Green Room in the historic Garden Theater in Columbus, Ohio.
  • - Deejay, Jim Spencer, at KHCA Radio says, “My listeners just love it, absolutely. I had so many calls, things just lit up."
Eileen took inspiration from real life when crafting the album’s program of blues. She pairs a soulful and stirring “Black Coffee” with an uplifting “Wild Woman Don’t Have The Blues” for a powerful narrative on heartbreak and transformation. “Those were inspired by two girlfriends whose husbands had midlife crises and had affairs and left them. “In ‘Black Coffee,’ I changed the ending to have the woman not waiting anymore,” Eileen reveals. “These women dealt with loss but reinvented themselves.”

"Blues ties together my acting, my spiritual side, and, of course, my music,” she says. “It brings together all these pieces as a performer because the songs have a narrative and I can really connect with that.”

In a conclusive and reflective moment, Eileen says:  “The whole point of entertainment is to touch people’s heart. I’m a communicator, I like to tell stories, be it lost love or stories of joy, it’s cathartic for people and connects my heart to their heart.”

Find out more about Eileen Howard here:

a sampler selection is also available on YouTube