Buddy Guy is a living legend and blues badass who continues to sing and play with energy men half his age would envy. That passion and enthusiasm can be heard throughout the 75-year old Guy's latest album, Rhythm & Blues. He plays with the ferocity that has been his trademark since the moment he found producers and labels willing to allow him to unleash it all. His voice has lost a little in the way of dynamics but there is still plenty of muscle for intense howls. His career renaissance began with Damn Right, I've Got The Blues and with
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'Rhythm & Blues' follows Buddy Guy's recent formula and has its flaws yet there is a lot to like on this 2-CD set...
New Releases: Buddy Guy, Harry Nilsson, Uriah Heep, Robin Thicke, John Zorn, Sly & the Family Stone and Chris Shiflett
#NewMusicTuesday - 7/30/13
Three of these in and I think I'm finally getting the hang of what I want to do with these new release articles. I'm still finding it difficult to figure out which albums - other than the easy ones - to talk about. For now I just browse Amazon's new releases, open up anything with an interesting name or cover art and then look at the descriptions to see if it actually sounds interesting. The feature where they tell you what albums other people bought alongside the one you are looking at is also very helpful. I figure if folks
It's been a long time since I've been caught up enough on my writing to have reviews of the Top 3 albums at Blues Radio. I'm finally catching up with blues listeners from around the world. You've been digging the hell out of the star-studded James Cotton record Cotton Mouth Man. I'd be curious which song or songs are getting all the airplay. There are some good tunes on the record but it didn't do much for me as an album. Trampled Under Foot made a really nice record with Badlands and I'm glad to see it go to #2
5 albums to help begin your journey through the blues...
I had no help when I began my journey through a century of blues. I had no compass or map but this was a trip I needed to take and I was willing to risk getting lost. That didn't happen too many times but I did have a few missteps while also repeatedly striking gold. The journey continues but here's a little travelogue for those of you considering booking your own blues vacation. This is my Blues 101 list of 5 Blues Albums You Must Own. A music with such a rich, deep tradition has innumerable entry points. This isn't
Buddy Guy's Rhythm & Blues won't be in stores for another two weeks but it's already making a huge splash at radio where it checks in at #3 this, trailing fellow Hall of Famer James Cotton and Guy Davis. Soul veteran Mavis Staples is also in the Top 5 this week on the strength of her newly released One True Vine. Guitar greats Ronnie Earl and Duke Robillard continue to get considerable airplay for their respective releases Just For Today and Independently Blue. Jack White's Third Man Records issued the Pokey LaFarge album that's also getting major airtime at radio
Buddy Guy To Release Double Album 'Rhythm & Blues' July 30, Featuring Guests Gary Clark Jr., Aerosmith, Keith Urban
Buddy's new double album hits stores at the end of July...
Hall of Famer Buddy Guy will release a new studio album -- a double album -- titled Rhythm & Blues on July 30 and like many of the legend's recent records he is joined by some high profile guests. Grammy-winning producer Tom Hambridge returns for another tour of duty with the 76-year old Guy, helming an album featuring a guest list that includes Kid Rock, Keith Urban, Gary Clark, Jr., Beth Hart and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford. That's a lot of bodies for one record but fortunately this is a double album with 21 songs, meaning
Top 20 albums at blues radio for week of March 22, 2013...
Blues is in the blood, kids. That's the story for this week. Take a look at the names on these albums, the Top 20 albums at blues radio this past week: Shemekia Copeland (daughter of Johnny Copeland), Devon Allman (son of Gregg), Big Bill Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters), and John Lee Hooker Jr. (do I have to explain?). It's a family tradition. In the non-offspring division, we've got records from Otis Taylor, The Slide Brothers, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, and Robert Cray among the Top 10. The record among these I have to check out next is Big Bill's,
This week's Top 20 at Blues Radio is again headed up by the collaboration between Blues Hall of Famer Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper. The two first teamed up while guesting on an album by the late John Lee Hooker and now have a joint project for the reborn Stax label and it's been heating up the charts since its release. The new album from blues/roots master Otis Taylor, My World Is Gone comes in at #2 followed by Harry Manx, The Slide Brothers (great album, by the way, review forthcoming) and Shemekia Copeland's 33 1/3. I've listened to four
Shemekia Copeland, Robert Cray Tops At Blues Radio; Gary Clark Jr., Buddy Guy, Magic Slim Among Top 20
Top 20 albums at Blues Radio for week of Jan. 11, 2013...
I don't want to look to see how long it's been since I checked out the top albums at Blues Radio according to the weekly Roots Music Report but I'm glad to check back in this week. I hope time permits me to spend some time talking about this week's #1: Shemekia Copeland's 33 1/3. I previewed it when I first got details about the album and have listened to it a few times since but haven't had time to tell you all the things I really like about it. I did review Robert Cray's Nothin' But Love last
Buddy Guy sounds right at home...
Blues and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Buddy Guy released Live At Legends at the end of last year. In addition to being a musical icon, Guy has run his Legends club in Chicago for decades now and he presents seven songs performed on his home turf in this new package in addition to three new studio cuts. It's a jarring transition from the ribald medley of Muddy Waters' "I Just Want To Make Love To You" and Bobby Rush's "Chicken Head" to Guy's own "Skin Deep," a pleading ballad for racial harmony and human kindness filled with stories from his
Review: Muddy Waters And The Rolling Stones (feat. Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Lefty Dizz) - Live At The Checkerboard Lounge 1981
How on earth did someone let this sit in the vault for 30 years? Don't worry: it was worth the wait!
The first thing I asked myself before I saw or heard a note of Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones' performance at Chicago's Checkerboard Lounge was how the blue hell had this been left unreleased for more than 30 years? Something like this doesn't even have to be good to merit a release and if it is actually good, you'd have to be crazy to let this sit on a shelf. Talk about a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you're in the business of selling music, how do you not at least try to sell this? Before we consider the presence of
It's a memoir, not a tell-all, but Guy tells enough...
When I Left Home introduces us to Buddy Guy and finds him in a warm, reflective frame of mind as he looks back on a life that took him from plantation life in Louisiana to Chicago where he became a world renowned, influential artist. It doesn't take long for Guy to present readers with the contradictions in his DNA and throughout the rest of the book we see how those contradictions in his personality and life experiences would shape and make his fortunes balancing humility, confidence, and ambition as well as introversion and gregariousness. We learn of a young boy who
A badass man and a badass album just got :: you guessed it :: more badass...
A great thing about re-issuing classic albums is it gives writers born a generation or two too late to have weighed in on them the first time a chance to admire them with some semblance of timeliness because let's face it: what is left to be said about Dark Side Of The Moon or Abbey Road at this point? Who but a blogger would be convinced they need to be heard on the subject of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road? There's not much left to be said about the greatness of Junior Wells' Hoodoo Man Blues. It's been inducted into the
Top 20 at Blues Radio for Week of Aug. 12, 2011
Slowly but gradually I'm getting the news of the past week updated on the site, including the Blues Radio Report.Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi continue their hold on the #1 slot with Hot Tuna, Tracy Nelson, Booker T. Jones, and Gregg Allman filling out the Top 5. It's amazing the love people continue to have for Allman's record, which has been a firmly ensconced in the Top 5 since its January release, spending months at #1. I see a lot of familiar names in familiar places as I skim the Top 20. There are a slew of blues releases set
Top 15 Albums at Blues Radio, Week of July 29, 2011
I made good on last week's pledge and did, in fact, check out the latest from Booker T. Jones and in a stunning upset managed to get it reviewed before this week's edition of the Blues Radio Report and The Road From Memphis is once again a Top 5 album. Tedeschi Trucks Band seems like they'll be in the #1 slot for awhile longer, although there are some major releases due out this week (check our NewMusicTuesday feature this week to find out about them) and more on the way in the coming weeks. Tedeschi Trucks and Jones are joined
A Hall of Fame Record gets some Hall of Fame treatment...
Oh, glorious days! Delmark Records is re-issuing not only one of the most important records in its vital catalog but one of the most important records in Chicago blues history when Junior Wells' Hoodoo Man Blues is re-issued in a deluxe edition August 16. Hoodoo Man Blues is a Grammy Hall of Fame record, a Blues Hall of Fame record, and one of the textbook examples of Chicago's classic West Side blues style. As distinguished blues historian and the fount of all knowledge Bill Dahl notes, Hoodoo captured the essence of the live Junior Wells experience but in a studio
After months of speculation the lineup for the first Orlando Calling Music fest is announced
We have TheMouse, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios but we don't get a lot of great music coming through Orland. It seems most artists stop their Southern trek around Atlanta and when someone great does come to town, they don't often come back. So you can imagine my surprise when I learned in January that there were plans to hold a music festival here in November. Put on by Festival Republic (the group that also puts on the festivals in Leeds and Reading among other places), the company says they chose Orlando because most airlines fly here and because of
Grammy-winner releases first solo record in seven years...
Tom Hambridge will release his first studio album in seven years when Boom! hits stores August 30. The long gap between records isn't indicative of a reclusive artist or one who has been on holiday. In the years between albums, Hambridge has produced and written songs for a slew of artists and those songs have become radio hits and the albums have brought home Blues Music Awards and Grammys. He's also worked with George Thorogood & The Destroyers on a record that will be released this summer and Hambridge will be on tour with the venerable blues-rockers. The 11-track
New Music Tuesday: Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Gillian Welch, Queensryche, Buddy Guy, Taking Back Sunday, Insane Clown Posse, Limp Bizkit
New CD Releases for June 28, 2011...
It's hard to imagine there's something to celebrate on a day Taking Back Sunday, Insane Clown Posse, and Limp Bizkit are all threatening us with new music but allow me the honor of pointing you in the direction of Gillian Welch's first new album in seven years The Harrow & The Harvest. I preordered my copy and it arrived a day early in what amounts to a rare stroke of good luck for me. It is a scrumptious, beautiful record and we'll discuss it in fuller detail soon but this is clearly the crown jewel of New Music Tuesday.
Running in thirty directions at once, music blaring, and anticipation is overwhelming me! And I'm loving it.
Last year, I had the great honor of covering the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival alongside a friend. She needed a photographer, I needed to experience Portland in a blues frenzy. She got what she needed, and I got what I'd come for. Not only is this the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi (and how many other festivals are as big as this one with 100,000+ people in attendance each day for FOUR DAYS in a row?) and second largest festival in the nation, but it benefits the Oregon Food Bank. Last year, the festival broke all records, taking