Tag: Blues

Blues, Music, Playlists

A Six Pack Playlist of New Blues – (Dec 3-9 2017)

Tommy Castro's Stompin' Ground Kicks off a  Playlist of New Blues  So last week after I made the John Gorka playlist I visited the Roots Music Report’’s Blues Chart. I scanned down the list. There were new releases from a few artists I know and like and several new artists. I decided to make a playlist to see which albums I would like to explore in more detail, I.e. listen to the full album. Here are the albums and artists, the playlist and my thoughts on the albums. Stompin’ Ground - Tommy Castro Tommy Castro has been a favorite of...

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2013 Blues from Oakland’s – No – Austin’s Birdlegg

A review of the Roots Music Blues Chart this morning led me to the blues of , Eugene “Birdlegg” Pittman and his 2013 Dialtone release Birdlegg.(#38) Since 1980 Birdlegg has been playing the blues in and around Oakland, California with his band the Tight Fit Blues Band. The band’s lineup would change from time to time but regularly included Texas-born bass player and singer Country Pete McGill and even once featured legendary Chess session guitarist Luther Tucker. Through the years he often told folks:, “I don’t do floors, windows or shoes—I play the Oakland blues!”Birdlegg was named Blues Harmonica Player of the Year by the...

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Today in Music Nov 16, 1873 and 1939 – W.C. Handy and Clark are born – Happy Birthday’s W.C.s!!

Today is the birthday of two  blues - W.C''s the first is W.C. Handy the "father of the blues" from Wikipedia..... William Christopher Handy (November 16, 1873 – March 28, 1958) was a blues composer and musician. He was widely known as the "Father of the Blues". Handy remains among the most influential of American songwriters. Though he was one of many musicians who played the distinctively American form of music known as the blues, he is credited with giving it its contemporary form. While Handy was not the first to publish music in the blues form, he took the blues from a regional music style with a limited audience...

Blues, Today in Music

Today in Music – Nov 14, 1936 – Blues Harpist Carey Bell was born!!

The harmonica amazes me. Such a simple little instrument yet in the hands of a master it's one of the most expressive of all musical instruments. One of those masters Carey Bell was born on this day in 1936! For those of you who are unfortunate enough not to know Carey here's some background from Wikipedia: Carey Bell (November 14, 1936 – May 6, 2007) was an American blues musician, who played the harmonica in the Chicago blues style. Born Carey Bell Harrington in the blues-fertile state of Mississippi, Bell played harmonica (harp) and bass for other blues musicians during...

Blues, Today in Music

Today in Music – Nov 12, 1944 – Booker T. Jones was born – “Happy Birthday Booker T!

So on this date in 1944 Mr Booker T Jones was born! For those of you too young to remember Booker T & The MGs here's a little background on Booker... Booker T. Jones (born November 12, 1944) is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and arranger, best known as the frontman of the band Booker T. & the M.G.'s. He has also worked in the studios with many well-known artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, earning him a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement. Full Biography Now this is usually the part where I say Booker T. YES! it's...

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2013 Texas Blues from Jeff Strahan – Monkey Around!

So on Sunday as I was doing some errands before the Eagles game I listened to a couple of new blues albums the first was Jeff Strahan's latest Monkey Around and Five Finger Discount from Soulstack. I enjoyed both  albums! Let's start with Jeff Strahan first. From his website...... "Strahan is a fiery Texas spirit, a killer guitar player & piano pounder and singer, as wild as the high plains from which he hails, and as cool as the hill country where he lives. He’s as real & strong as lightning, I swear, and I love being around him, to...