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Desoto County, Mississippi: MS Delta Tour (Part 1)

Desoto County, Mississippi: MS Delta Tour (Part 1)

April 28th, 2015

Day One It was a mellow early morning  plane ride to Memphis, so I closed the window blind and took  a rare opportunity to drift off in-flight… A flash-back to my childhood I could see my brother (an early teenager at the time) strapping on his baby blue Fender Mustang. Occasionally my...Read Entire Article

Beale Street: Furry Sings the Blues

Beale Street: Furry Sings the Blues

April 19th, 2015

Fall 2007 while recovering from my heart attack, I began a period of soul searching. At the time, almost 20 years had passed since I tried my hand at writing... The following article was my attempt to get back into the writing mode. The piece was originally published on blogcritics.org...Read Entire Article

Muddy Waters: Remembering Fathers and Sons on Blues Legends Birthday

Muddy Waters: Remembering Fathers and Sons on Blues Legends Birthday

April 4th, 2015

According to Muddy Waters gravestone, today would have been the blues masters' 100th Birthday. While there is certainly enough documentation proving his actual year of birth being 1913 or even 1914 in the Jug’s Corner community of Issaquena County, Muddy maintained in the fifties that he was born in Rolling Fork...Read Entire Article

Robin Trower: Something's About To Change - CD Review / 2015 Spring Tour Info

Robin Trower: Something's About To Change - CD Review / 2015 Spring Tour Info

March 8th, 2015

I go for as much feeling as I can rather than show what I can do up and down the neck. I don't play to show people ability. ~ Robin Trower I didn’t know what to expect when I started listening to Robin Trower’s latest album "Something's About To Change." I...Read Entire Article

Johnny Winter: Self Titled Album (1969)

Johnny Winter: Self Titled Album (1969)

February 23rd, 2015

Happy 71st Birthday to blues music legend Johnny Winter. We lost Winter last July, but his music will continue to be an inspiration to all his fans and blues lovers everywhere. Here's one of my favorite articles originally featured almost six years ago for the 40th Anniversary of his Self...Read Entire Article

Jaco Pastorius: The Great Innovator

Jaco Pastorius: The Great Innovator

December 1st, 2013

On December 1st bass legend Jaco Pastorius would've been 62 years old... The following article was written in September 2008. Out of the many jazz posts I’ve done, this one is my favorite. Twenty six years after his tragic death, Jaco Pastorius’ extraordinary talent continues to generate a sentimental spot...Read Entire Article

Willie Dixon: I Am The Blues

Willie Dixon: I Am The Blues

July 1st, 2013

Today music legend Willie Dixon would have been 98 years old. The following is a piece I wrote in the spring of 2009. I've decided to re-post it to commemorate the man and this day in music history. And also for those who missed the article the first couple times...Read Entire Article

The Lewsh Project: CD Review & Giveaway

The Lewsh Project: CD Review & Giveaway

June 4th, 2013

Playing and collaborating with Lewsh & Sandy on this project has been a truly inspiring musical experience. Our roots and connection is as strong as ever regardless of the time that has passed. ~Dave Garber (guitar) FLASHBACK – XMAS NYC 2012 Last Christmas my wife TBBW and I got together with...Read Entire Article

Joe Bonamassa Live in Las Vegas: Palms Pearl Theater - Concert Review

Joe Bonamassa Live in Las Vegas: Palms Pearl Theater - Concert Review

May 5th, 2013

Two weeks ago I witnessed Joe Bonamassa and his band live at The Palms Pearl Concert Theatre in Las Vegas. This was one of the best concerts I’ve seen in a long time. Not since perhaps Jeff Beck or Eric Clapton did I see the level of musicianship that unfolded...Read Entire Article

Blues Hall Of Fame Museum Benefit: Raise The Roof!  PPV Event March 24th

Blues Hall Of Fame Museum Benefit: Raise The Roof! PPV Event March 24th

March 17th, 2013

“I’m excited to be part of this event, and even more excited to have my friends join me in supporting the Blues Foundation. I think it is important for all of us to give back to the music that we love and to ensure that the history of Blues is...Read Entire Article

Jon Schwartz & The Kids Like Blues Band: Thematic Teaching Using The Blues

Jon Schwartz & The Kids Like Blues Band: Thematic Teaching Using The Blues

November 17th, 2012

Today I’m featuring an educational and entertaining guest post by Jon Schwartz - a second grade teacher at Garrison Elementary School located in Oceanside, California. When I was first made aware of Jon’s teaching endeavors, I was moved by his efforts in utilizing the blues as a vehicle for education...Read Entire Article

Bonnie Raitt: Discography and Current News

Bonnie Raitt: Discography and Current News

July 26th, 2012

(This following is a guest post written by Grace Beckett who briefly covers discography and current news for Bonnie Raitt, along with info regarding her latest album Slipstream... I've included a twitterstream and some of Raitt's videos from now and then for your viewing pleasure.)    Bonnie Raitt Anyone who is a...Read Entire Article

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The Blues Blogger's Random Prize Draw: Amazon Gift Certificate
The Blues Blogger 10/15/2009

------------THIS DRAW IS NOW CLOSED ------------- Congratulations to CoolBus!!! He won the Amazon Gift Certificate Random Draw. Your $50.00 gift card has been emailed... Thanks everyone for your overwhelming support! I have a few more surprises in store in the weeks to come... Stay tuned!!! As I mentioned in my previous Delta Blues Book Giveaway post last week, I want… Read More

Joe Bonamassa: Live From The Royal Albert Hall - DVD Review & Giveaway
The Blues Blogger 11/16/2009

Congratulations to Marcel L and John G. They have both won a copy of Joe's DVD. You're gonna love it! Thanks to everyone who entered... I vividly recall my first audible memory being the song “Hideaway” from John Mayall and the Blues Breakers 1966 LP (commonly known as the Beano album) with Eric Clapton. Over the course of time that record along with Clapton’s influential and extraord… Read More

Eric Clapton: New Release “Clapton” out September 28th
The Blues Blogger 09/13/2010

"This album wasn’t what it was intended to be at all. It’s actually better than it was meant to be because, in a way, I just let it happen. It’s an eclectic collection of songs that weren’t really on the map... If it’s a surprise to the fans, that’s only because it’s a surprise to me, as well." ~Eric Clapton Worldwide CD Giveaway - THIS CD GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED - (Congratulations… Read More

Boz Scaggs (1969): Loan Me a Dime
The Blues Blogger 10/13/2008

As I’ve previously mentioned, this month marks the 1st anniversary of TheBluesBlogger site. This time last year, because of the circumstances surrounding my own health, I needed an outlet for my creativity that I had bottled up for many years…The persona of TheBluesBlogger became that means and slowly I have written articles that represent some of my most precious moments of my past musi… Read More

Stevie Ray Vaughan: Day by Day Night After Night - Giveaway
The Blues Blogger 10/04/2010

I tell you the truth, it really hurts. The only thing that keeps me from crying is knowing the joy that he brought to us. I can see his smile right now, him sitting there with his Mexican hat on, going, "Hey, it's all right..." ~B.B. King October 3rd 2010 marks what would have been Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 56th birthday. So I loaded up some SRV tunes and dedicated my weekend t… Read More

Muddy Waters: Remembering Fathers and Sons on Blues Legends Birthday
The Blues Blogger 04/04/2015

According to Muddy Waters gravestone, today would have been the blues masters' 100th Birthday. While there is certainly enough documentation proving his actual year of birth being 1913 or even 1914 in the Jug’s Corner community of Issaquena County, Muddy maintained in the fifties that he was born in Rolling Fork Mississippi in 1915. So I won’t question blues royalty! As a child of… Read More

Tal Wilkenfeld: Bass Guitar Prodigy
The Blues Blogger 11/01/2009

This is an article I wrote last year... As there are so many new readers of The Blues Blogger in 2009, there's a chance you may have missed this one. If you've already seen this, I hope you enjoy it the second time around... November 2008 I used to get a little down around this time of season. Spring and summer were definitely my favorite seasons, and when it came time to turn the cloc… Read More

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: East West (1966)
The Blues Blogger 10/13/2009

October 2007 It was 2 years ago this time that I succeeded in freaking my entire family out when the news surfaced of my sudden heart attack. There were a lot of questions that would hopefully be answered in the next few days. In the meantime, all I could do was be patient and listen to doctor’s and nurse’s orders… After the initial drama subsided, I calmly lay in my hospital bed; rem… Read More

Johnny Winter: Self Titled Album (1969)
The Blues Blogger 02/23/2015

Happy 71st Birthday to blues music legend Johnny Winter. We lost Winter last July, but his music will continue to be an inspiration to all his fans and blues lovers everywhere. Here's one of my favorite articles originally featured almost six years ago for the 40th Anniversary of his Self Titled Album in 1969...  Make sure you add your comments at the end of the post! Flashback Summer… Read More

Jaco Pastorius: The Great Innovator
The Blues Blogger 12/01/2013

On December 1st bass legend Jaco Pastorius would've been 62 years old... The following article was written in September 2008. Out of the many jazz posts I’ve done, this one is my favorite. Twenty six years after his tragic death, Jaco Pastorius’ extraordinary talent continues to generate a sentimental spot and source of inspiration for musicians & fans the world over.… I hope you e… Read More

Willie Dixon: I Am The Blues
The Blues Blogger 07/01/2013

Today music legend Willie Dixon would have been 98 years old. The following is a piece I wrote in the spring of 2009. I've decided to re-post it to commemorate the man and this day in music history. And also for those who missed the article the first couple times around. Being so young, I never knew the significance of the music I listened to back then… I just knew it moved me in a… Read More

The Jewish Influence in Blues and Jazz
The Blues Blogger 10/18/2009

The following was written November of 2007 and was originally featured on blogcritics.org. It came at a tough time where I was doing a lot of soul searching. Certainly one of my more personal pieces, it represents the creative building blocks for this blog and the therapeutic road to my recovery... I have re-posted this with some slight revisions and cosmetic changes. November 2007 I h… Read More

Blues 2010: Still Got the Groove
The Blues Blogger 01/05/2010

Music Was Everywhere As a kid growing up in the sixties music captured my imagination... Back then I was still way too young to express myself. But I did know I was hooked and really didn't stand a chance. I had an overwhelming desire to be involved somehow, but not necessarily as a musician. I remember my brother playing guitar along to the sounds of John Mayall and The Blues Br… Read More

Joanne Shaw Taylor: Time Has Come With Debut Release White Sugar
The Blues Blogger 03/23/2009

"I wanted to take time out to really work on my craft and make sure that when I did an album it was the best that I could do."-JST The articles you read on TheBluesBlogger have me drifting through time... I love writing about the past and the music that was a part of those memories... However, there are some new artists on the current blues/rock scene that really shine and I lo… Read More

Robin Trower: New Release The Playful Heart
The Blues Blogger 12/13/2010

It's impossible to play a run with as much feeling as a single note. I've never been so much into runs as making single notes cry. ~ Robin Trower It’s been a while since we touched base, and it seems that for the first time in the three year history of The Blues Blogger I’m having trouble with what to say… Much has happened in the past year; some things have been sad and others so ve… Read More

Freddie King: Is a Blues Master
The Blues Blogger 09/03/2010

One of my first audible memories is of my brother practicing his guitar to the song "Hideaway" from John Mayall and the Blues Breaker’s famous “Beano” record with Eric Clapton. It’s a melody that would be embedded into my early psyche and was my first introduction to blues at 6 years old. Way too young to be aware of the song’s history. ~TBB The first time I heard Freddie King… Read More

The Allman Brothers Band: The Road Continues
The Blues Blogger 11/08/2009

The following article was written in the summer of 2008. It was a little untimely then, as it was just 39 years since The Allman Brothers Band’s debut release, and still many months before the 40th Anniversary tour. So I’m re-posting for those who missed it. And to commemorate the LP’s release 40 years ago this week. Many years have passed since I heard The Allman Brothers Band… Read More

Joe Louis Walker: Electrifying New Album Between A Rock And The Blues
The Blues Blogger 10/06/2009

Even though it's The Blues Blogger's 2nd Anniversary this month, it didn’t me give me an excuse to not work on a few lingering fall projects around the house. I usually allot time in the afternoons on the weekend to listen to some of the music that grabs my interest and complete some of these tasks. I’ll put on my earphones and let the feeling the music brings assist in keeping me mo… Read More

Albert Collins: Master of the Telecaster
The Blues Blogger 08/10/2009

“I didn't record for six years from 1972 to '78. For about a year, I stopped playing completely. My landlord was a contractor, and I started doing work with him. My wife told me 'this ain't you, you've got to keep up with your music' which I'm proud of her for telling me that.” ~Albert Collins Late 1978 I remember the time very well… My parents owned a small convenience sto… Read More

Gene Krupa: Remembering 100 Years
The Blues Blogger 01/11/2009

Thursday January 15th, 2009 marks what would have been the 100th birthday of the greatest drummer who ever lived. This post’s intention is take you back and reflect upon this great man. And perhaps for those that are younger, create some awareness of this extraordinary and influential musician… I didn’t want this Thursday to be an afterthought… I wanted to write something beca… Read More

Beale Street: Furry Sings the Blues
The Blues Blogger 04/19/2015

Fall 2007 while recovering from my heart attack, I began a period of soul searching. At the time, almost 20 years had passed since I tried my hand at writing... The following article was my attempt to get back into the writing mode. The piece was originally published on blogcritics.org on Nov. 13th, 2007... And since it's getting close to Memphis' famous Beale Street Music Festival the… Read More

Joe Bonamassa: Black Rock New CD Release - Review
The Blues Blogger 03/22/2010

> With this album we wanted to explore a ‘world’ feeling, and this was the inspiration behind going to record in Greece and using some of the best Greek musicians to add a little flavor to a couple of tracks. But it’s by no means a ‘world’ album. We wanted Joe’s usual youthful and energetic tones to play alongside the worldly vibes of the Greek bouzouki and clarion… ~ Kevin Shirley (… Read More

Nina Simone: My Baby Just Cares For Me
The Blues Blogger 10/25/2009

It’s Sunday and I’m recovering (believe it or not) from a Christmas party I attended with my wife last night. In spite of not feeling in the holiday spirit just yet, it was a good time and the function gave my wife and I the opportunity to spend some quality time together. It also got me thinking of how my feelings and respect for her continue to flourish over the years... Two ye… Read More

Delta Blues: TheBluesBlogger's 2nd Anniversary Prize Giveaway
The Blues Blogger 10/08/2009

------------THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED ------------- Congratulations to Jan R-B!!! She is the winner of the Delta Blues Book Giveaway. Jan is also known as @LOLAsFeedAnFuel on twitter... Thanks to everyone who entered the draw. Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music As a way of saying thank you to all readers of Th… Read More

The Animals: We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
The Blues Blogger 09/15/2009

This post is going to be brief as I’ve been a little under the weather this past weekend… Whenever I feel this way I tend to drift off somewhere out of the norm. I’m not sure why that is, but it happens every time… Shuffling slowly around the house, I glanced out the front window and shook my head in disbelief. As I watched my ridiculous next door neighbor continue to lower property… Read More