Posts filed under: Blues

Guitar Shorty “Get Busy” (2004)

A lot of times I feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to listen to all the awesome rockin’ blues guitar there is. What’s a guy to do, except... Read More

Tedeschi Trucks Band “I’m Gonna Be There” (2019)

What the Tedeschi Trucks Band can create is something truly rare: pure joy.... Read More

Johnny Winter “Illustrated Man” (1991)

At the time that Johnny Winter signed his first recording contract with Columbia Records in 1968, his advance of $600,000 was reportedly the largest in the history of the music industry. Throughout his life, he did most everything else to excess as well... Read More

Gary Moore “Still Got The Blues” (1990)

Sure, I wish I’d seen Jimi Hendrix. And Duane Allman. And a handful of other guitar gods gone before my time too. But the guitarist I most regret missing, Gary Moore, probably wouldn’t make many people’s list. A native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Moore died of a heart attack in 2011 at just 58 years...... Read More

Gatemouth Brown “Born In Louisiana” (1989)

Sunday, May 5th at 7:00PM CST another New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival came to an end at the Fair Grounds racetrack. Over 8 days and across 2 weekends, for attendees numbering around 475,000, a lineup of 688 acts performed – and notwithstanding the presence of some of the biggest names in music, roughly 600 of...... Read More

Albert Cummings “Man On Your Mind” (2004)

Like Ted Striker in the Airplane! clip, I (too) have been nervous lots of times. Taking exams, going into surgery, just about any type of public speaking..and a million other things. But, I’ve never been more nervous than when Massachusetts bluesman Albert Cummings handed my 13-year-old son his guitar.... Read More

Robert Cray “Smoking Gun” (1986)

Robert Cray has been around the block a few times. He’s been recording, and touring, and playing live shows as a Blues/Soul stalwart for nearing 40 years now – back to when his first album, Who’s Been Talkin’, came out on Tomato Records in 1980. I’m sure he’s played some crazy gigs. Yet, I’d still...... Read More

Fabulous Thunderbirds “My Babe” (1982)

There’s an accepted code among musicians: Don’t horn in on another band’s gig. This rule is pretty absolute, and even more so if the prospective offender is already a known douchebag. My friend Tom “Clump” Clifford has been in bands most of his life; He’s fronted The Thangs, The Mistreaters, and currently King Soul, playing...... Read More

Gary Clark, Jr. “When My Train Pulls In” (2012)

In 2013 Eric Clapton presented the last – at least at the time it was announced as the last – of five iterations of what was billed as the Crossroads Guitar Festival, so named because they were events held to benefit the Crossroads Centre, a drug treatment facility in Antigua founded by Clapton (and, perhaps,...... Read More

Stevie Ray Vaughan “Testify” (1983)

Not long ago I was engaged in an important discussion at a Mets game with some old friends Ike, Petey and Sean about what our “walk up” music would be if we were major league ballplayers. I didn’t hesitate in naming ‘Testify’, this absolutely incendiary Stevie Ray Vaughan instrumental from his... Read More
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