Posts Tagged ‘Blues’

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New Orleans newcomer Benjamin Booker’s debut lives and breathes the Deep South, from the Chuck Berry references (most effective on opener ‘Violent Shiver’) to the slower, more hushed tones of ‘I Thought I Heard You Screaming’, 

Benjamin Booker makes music that sounds like someone threw a match into a box of fireworks: bright, furious, explosive garage rock that’s liable to set a house on fire. Fighting out of New Orleans, the 24 year-old has already played Letterman and Conan and been tapped to open for Jack White on his latest string of dates all absent a debut album, which finally was released on August 19th via ATO Records. Roiling with bloozy guitar licks, soaring Hammond organs, and Booker’s moonstruck vocals — dude’s a howler, yet his scuffed up croon is equally compelling on smoky ballad “Slow Coming” — the self-titled release may end up a contender for rock record of the year. Crank “Violent Shiver” at your next house party. It’ll liven the place up, if not burn it down altogether.

News: Benjamin Booker signs to ATO, releases a track, plays Letterman

 

 

'Slim Harpo: Blues King Bee of Baton Rouge,' by Martin Hawkins

The Louisiana singer and harp player Slim Harpo was a rara avis among black deep-South bluesmen in 1966: a crossover star whose lyrically coy, rhythmically slinky Number One R&B single “Baby Scratch My Back” also crashed the Top 20 on Billboard’s pop chart in the late winter of that year. But Harpo – born James Moore in a western parish of Baton Rouge – was no one-hit wonder. Starting with “I’m a King Bee” in 1957, he cut a series of bayou-blues classics that not only made him a regional star but reverberated in electric-R&B Britain where Harpo’s unique blend of swampy-R&B crawl, sleepy vocal magnetism and crafty, minimalist melodies were a foundation text for the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, the Kinks, Van Morrison’s Them and the early Moody Blues (who named themselves after a Harpo instrumental). Moore died only four years after “Baby Scratch My Back,” at 46, of a heart attack, leaving few interviews and a scattered press-clips trail. Yet this biography by the British blues scholar Martin Hawkins is a passionate, encyclopedic triumph, bringing the enigmatic Harpo to life and tracing his remarkable mainstream ascension – from the rich central-Louisiana blues scene to gigs at the Fillmore East – with deep local research and detailed portraits of the singer’s peers, sidemen and record-business associates. Everything you need to know about Harpo is here. It is also everything there is to know.

Cardinal Fuzz / Sound Effect Records are proud to present to you ‘A Magic Lane of Light and Rain’ the new long player from Pretty Lightning. Pretty Lightning is a psychedelic blues duo and the spiritual home of Christian Berghoff and Sebastian Haas – brothers in mind and sons of the Datashock family collective. Formed in 2007 their debut LP ‘There Are Witches In The Woods’ was released via Fonal in 2012 and showcased their rolling and tumblin’ Spacemen 3 in the Mississippi chug.

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Now in 2015 Pretty Lightning present ‘A Magic Lane of Light and Rain’ a throbbing delta blues psychedelic gloop that collides with the communal vibe of some of their Krautrock forefathers. Recorded in a way that holds no regards for studio polish or any hi-tech sheen – Pretty Lightning favour sounds that bleed together and push their music into a fuzzy sun-baked back porch haze. ‘A Magic Lane Of Light and Rain’ provides you with pounding stomping drums, reverb drenched dirty riffs, ghostly vocals, analog keys/loops and songs that sound as though there coming filtered from a long faded dream.

The “King of the Blues”, guitarist and singer BB King, has died aged 89. Blues legend B.B. King has died in Las Vegas aged 89, his lawyer confirmed on Thursday. Attorney Brent Bryson said King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. PDT at his Clark County home in Las Vegas.

King, known as the ‘King Of Blues’, sold millions of records worldwide, won 15 Grammys and was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

BB King, known for his hits My Lucille, Sweet Little Angel and Rock Me Baby, died in his sleep in Las Vegas. Born in Mississippi, King began performing in the 1940s, going on to influence a generation of musicians and work with Eric Clapton and U2.

Once ranked as the third greatest guitarist of all time, he had been suffering ill health in recent months. He was recently taken to hospital with a diabetes-related illness. Fellow musicians paid tribute to King including blues guitarist Buddy Guy, who often played with him.

“BB King was the greatest guy I ever met,”

“The tone he got out of that guitar, the way he shook his left wrist, the way he squeezed the strings… man, he came out with that and it was all new to whole guitar playin’ world. “He could play so smooth, he didn’t have to put on a show. The way BB did it is the way we all do it now. He was my best friend and father to us all.”

Eric Clapton posted a video tribute on Facebook to express his sadness at the death of his “dear friend”.

“I want to thank him for all the inspiration and encouragement he gave me as a player over the years, and for the friendship that we enjoyed,” he said. “There’s not a lot left to say because this music is almost a thing of the past now, and there are not many left who play it in the pure way that BB did. He was a beacon for all of us who love this kind of music.”

He fused together both jazz and blues on his beloved guitar, a Gibson ES-355 he lovingly dubbed “Lucille”.

In the early part of his career, he played to exclusively black audiences, but his heartfelt vocals and undeniable talent saw him embraced by a much broader fanbase as time went on – touring Europe and topping the charts. Younger musicians such as Clapton and Steve Miller, who admired his work, introduced him to a new generation of fans in the late ’60s with hits like The Thrill is Gone.

Longevity: King (pictured in Tennessee in 1948) was one of the most robust in the music industry, once playing 342 shows in a single year

Albums such as Live at County Cook Jail and BB King in London followed.

His career was reignited in the late 1980s when he duetted with U2 on When Love Comes To Town.

At the turn of the millennium, aged 75, he once again achieved major commercial success with the Eric Clapton collaboration plus the brilliant “Live at the Regal” 

“King’s is now the name most synonymous with the blues, much as Louis Armstrong’s once was with jazz,” critic Francis Davis wrote in his 1995 book The History of the Blues. “You don’t have to be a blues fan to have heard of King.”  A self-taught guitarist, King entered the industry as a disc jockey after serving in World War II and released his first single Three O’Clock Blues in 1949.

He was named BB from being nicknamed ‘Beale Street Blues Boy’ and called each of his guitars ‘Lucille’ after witnessing two men fight over a woman of the same name.Guitarist BB was married twice – both of which ended by the mid-1960s – and succeeded 11 living children and 50 grandchildren. His first marriage to Martha Lee Denton lasted for six years and ended in 1952. While his second wife Sue Carol Hall came along in 1958 but ended in separation again in 1966. He was awarded his 15th Grammy in 2009 in the traditional blues album category for One Kind Favor. His battle with illness has been a long one, though he continued to tour until late 2014.

King’s daughter Patty King recently claimed the blues legend’s long time handler Laverne Toney refused to let her take him to hospital after he’d suffered a heart attack.

According to TMZ, there is an ongoing battle between Patty and Toney. Patty reportedly became worried when her father wouldn’t eat and his urine turned orange, and decided to take him to hospital

But when Toney – who had the power of attorney over the guitarist – refused, his daughter called the police.

Responding officers concurred that he needed medical attention and summoned paramedics, who then brought him to hospital.

Track Listings – 1.Every Day I Have The Blues 2.Sweet Little Angel 3.It’s My Own Fault 4.How Blue Can You Get 6.You Upset Me Baby 7.Worry, Worry 8.Woke Up This Mornin’ 9.You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now 10.Help the Poor.

A great clip of the superb blues guitarists Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert Collins joined by Jimmie Vaughan taken from the the DVD “A Celebration Of Blues And Soul The 1989” performing the song Frosty Live At The Washington Convention Center

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all-girl americana blues, folk, garage, lo-fi psych psychedelic, dirty distorted country,punk rock drone minimalist band from Los Angeles Imagine Kim Deal influenced by Nirvana (rather than the other way around) with images of Gun Club ‘Fire Of Love’ era and early X”  haunted surf rock trip blues. The fuzzy psych rock band L.A. Witch   highlights of 2014, being a positive influence for girls in the L.A. rock scene.

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“REVERB-SOAKED PUNKED-OUT ROCK” is how Los Angeles based trio, L.A. Witch describes their sound but there’s so much more to them than that. I don’t think it can even be summed up in a phrase, honestly. They’ve been bringing their unique mixture of dark blues, psychedelic punk rock to the table since 2011 and have been only improving with every performance. Their sound is completely their own and every listen is a new experience. All elements involved are perfectly blended, and none too overwhelming for the listener. With vocalist’s Sade Sanchez’s powerfully haunting vocals, bassist Irita Pai’s cogently sonorous chords, and drummer Ellie English is almost like the calm guide in this wild adventure, demonstrating how less actually IS more with her consistently supportive drums, adding the perfect measurement to their chemistry. Not to mention their AMAZING lyrics. L.A. Witch is an act you definitely need to check out ASAP. Think leather jackets, a dimly lit bar with cheesy Jim Morrison artwork, motorcycles, just rocking out and having a good time.

He was a major influence and mentor to the then teenage Robert Johnson; who later sold his soul for the ability to play guitar like the devil himself.  One night in a juke joint in 1928 a drunk went on a shooting spree, shooting the blues-man in the leg.  Firing back in self-defense, Son killed the man.  But the judge didn’t see it that way, and the guitarist received a 15 year sentence at Parchman Farm.  Son House’s innovative playing style and singing featured strong, repetitive rhythms that owed more than a nod to field hollers and the chain gangs of Parchman Farm. He played in barrelhouses and juke joints, playing loud to be heard over the noise there.

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Son House – (1902-1988) One of the towering Delta Blues singers who had an early and profound influence on Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Charley Patton, and later Bonnie Raitt, John Hammond and Alan Wilson of Canned Heat. He was playing in a juke joint in Mississippi in 1927 or 1928 when a disgruntled patron went on a shooting spree, wounding House in the leg, and House apparently retaliated by shooting him dead for which House received a 15-year sentence at Parchman Farm, the notorious Mississippi State Penitentiary where he served only two years. His first recordings were made in 1930 for Paramount Records in Wisconsin. A decade later Folklorist Alan Lomax, who made field recordings of Muddy Waters at Stovall’s Farm plantation in Mississippi in 1941 for the Library of Congress, also recorded Son House the same year. Afterward, House faded into obscurity for decades, working as a railroad porter in New York, where he had moved. House got swept up in the Blues revival in the 1960s after Blues enthusiast Dick Waterman tracked him down in Rochester New York. His early recordings were rediscovered and he toured extensively in America and Europe, performing at the Newport Folk Festival in 1964. House continued to tour, returning to Europe in 1970, performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival. House’s health declined in later years, and he passed away from cancer in 1988. Son House lived to a remarkable old age of 86. He recorded several albums in the 1960s after his comeback among which were “Blues From the Mississippi Delta,” for Folkways Records in 1964 and “The Legendary Son House: Father of Folk Blues,” for Columbia in 1965. Son House was a Blues pioneer whose contributions to the art form live on in his classic recordings

Born just outside Clarksdale, MS, Son House was a powerful blues singer who had taught himself to play guitar.

Far away from the howls of Ridgewood Queens, while the band played a punk rhythm Shilpa Ray was hunched over her harmonium pushing and pulling getting weird sounds out of the little box Shilpa has toured with Nick Cave as a backing vocalist plus with two full length albums released with her band “The Happy Hookers which had a lot of commercial acclaim, She has been compared to Blondie and the Cramps with her flavoured gothic burlesque look. A new album is said to be underway

 

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Monica Heldal Singer Songwriter signed to Warners

 

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Free Download on Bandcamp check out the blues of “The Bones of JR Jones”, Dirty Grainy and original sounding Blues, sorrowfull and intimate with Distorted Slide guitar, resounding bass drum and clattering tambourines, are all the sound of one man Jonathan Linaberry

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