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The Jewish Influence in Blues and Jazz

The Jewish Influence in Blues and Jazz

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...Read Entire Article
Eric Clapton: New Release “Clapton” out September 28th

Eric Clapton: New Release “Clapton” out September 28th

"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...Read Entire Article
Murali Coryell: Sweet New Release Sugar Lips - CD Review

Murali Coryell: Sweet New Release Sugar Lips - CD Review

A few weeks back I received a message from a friend informing me about a new release by Murali Coryell called Sugar Lips. This immediately brought to mind an album review I did last October for Joe Louis Walker’s latest Between A Rock And The Blues. There were many memorable...Read Entire Article
Celebrating 100 Years of Jazz

Celebrating 100 Years of Jazz

The 1st International Jazz AwardsSunday June 29th, 2008 is the date where some of the best musicians will come together to honor legendary Jazz artists and their music. This event will take place in Beverly Hills, California at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Comedian D.L. Hughley will...Read Entire Article
Buddy Guy: A Man & The Blues (1968)

Buddy Guy: A Man & The Blues (1968)

The following article was originally written back in 2009... As today (July 30th, 2016) is Buddy Guy's 80th birthday, I decided to re-post one of my favorite reflective pieces with some updated touring info for 2016.  I hope you enjoy it! ~tbb In the Summer of 2008 I was asked to write...Read Entire Article
Growing Up With Dion: From "The Wanderer" to Son of Skip James

Growing Up With Dion: From "The Wanderer" to Son of Skip James

The following article was originally posted on Blogcritics.org and TheBluesBlogger site on December 15, 2007. I received some email requesting that I re-post the original article as many of my newer readers may not have seen this... As Dion has just recently released a new album called "Giants of Early...Read Entire Article
TheBluesBlogger's Birthday Today: And We're Back In Business!!!

TheBluesBlogger's Birthday Today: And We're Back In Business!!!

Several days ago during a routine upgrade to Wordpress, the TheBluesBlogger site suffered a major glitch ... I'm happy to report that somebody came through and fixed my site. It absolutely made my day. I'm going to have a piece of my birthday cake and I will have an updated...Read Entire Article
Robert Johnson: Is This The End of 508 Park Avenue?

Robert Johnson: Is This The End of 508 Park Avenue?

Blues for 508 Park Ave: Owners of the "Robert Johnson Building" File for Demolition PermitFor more information and comments regarding this, you can click on the link above to take you to the article by The Dallas Observer.508 Park Ave... the building in Dallas where Robert Johnson recorded 13...Read Entire Article
Grammy Nominee: The Truth According To Ruthie Foster

Grammy Nominee: The Truth According To Ruthie Foster

"The truth, according to this remarkable album, is that Ruthie Foster is one of America's finest soul-blues artists... a full-on blast of soul and blues... The combination of a talented band, powerful songs, and Foster's roaring gospel-inspired vocals leaves Truth with no weak spots among its dozen tracks. If this...Read Entire Article

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5 months ago

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I’m moved by the latest song “Hello, Highway” by John Fusco. A cathartic personal tune written on his recent trip back to Visit the Mississippi Delta after 30+ years. While driving up Highway 61, John discovers the ghosts of his youth and makes a return #BackToTheCrossroads. Produced by Cody Dickinson, the song is haunting, soulful and hopeful. Take a listen. ... See MoreSee Less

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5 months ago

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Leslie Carswell Johnson AKA Lazy Lester - The Blues Foundation Blues Hall of Fame inductee (2012) from Torras, Louisiana - stars in a fantastic new GEICO ad alongside the Gecko. (Thanks Cary from Conqueroo for letting me know) Yes, the #Blues is alive and well...

youtu.be/MNFbmyKqLfIThe Gecko finds himself in Memphis, Tenn., riffing with blues legend Lazy Lester. Subscribe to GEICO: on.gei.co/2kvNnOw COMMERCIAL CAST: Lazy Lester -...
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6 months ago

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Multi talented award winning writer-producer John Fusco wrote his 1st screenplay 'Crossroads' as a student at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He recently went #BackToTheCrossRoads to record some ORGANically inspired tunes. Produced by Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, his first single "Drink Takes the Man" from the upcoming 'Back to the Crossroads' LP sounds awesome! Take a listen ---> itunes.apple.com/ca/album/drink-takes-the-man-single/1387060078 ... See MoreSee Less

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6 months ago

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Remembering Memphis Minnie - Born #OnThisDay June 3, 1897. She played a significant role in the development of electric blues in the 30’s and 40’s. And once defeated Big Bill Broonzy in a battle of the #blues for a bottle of gin and whiskey -
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7 months ago

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“If I made records for my own pleasure, I would only record Charley Patton songs.” ~Bob Dylan

Remembering the “Father of the Delta Blues” Charley Patton, who passed away on this day Apr 28, 1934. Often considered one of the most important American musicians of the 20th century.
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8 months ago

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"Born under a bad sign. Been down since I began to crawl..."🎶

Remembering blues legend and Blues Hall of Fame inductee (1983) Albert King - Born On This Day April 25, 1923 in Indianola, Mississippi

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9 months ago

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"With the money I save eating these sandwiches, I can buy a handful of resistors..."

Remembering the great Leo Fender, who passed away On This Day (03/21/1991) Fender's panache for instrument design inspired some of the greatest musicians (past and present) create some amazing #music
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12 months ago

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Remembering Blues legend Paul Butterfield - Born in Chicago #OnThisDay Dec 17,1942 - Butterfield was a major influence for me and the creation of my blog. His impact on the electric blues scene and the rest of the music world can still be felt today.

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1 years ago

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Remembering Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton - Born On This Day Dec. 11, 1926. "Big Mama" got her nickname from Frank Schiffman, the manager of Harlem's Apollo Theater because of her strong voice, size, and personality. And wow, what a voice it was...https://twitter.com/TheBluesBlogger/status/940304981760135168 ... See MoreSee Less

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1 years ago

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Remembering singer/harmonica player - music legend and Blues Hall of Fame inductee - Junior Wells. Born #OnThisDay Dec 9th. His 1965 album Hoodoo Man Blues was a classic! Here's my musical flashback of this truly inspirational artist. Any memories you'd like to share? -
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youtu.be/KWiVUVN6Pd0From "Messin' With The Blues" Live in Montreux Jazz Festival, 1974 Buddy Guy and Junior Wells opening the show for Muddy Waters. With Bill Wyman, Pinetop Per...
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1 years ago

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Remembering The Blues Foundation Hall of Fame Inductee (1988) James Milton Campbell Jr, better known as Little Milton - Born #OnThisDay (Sept 7, 1934 – Aug 4, 2005)

youtu.be/j4z-oGv1cbwMusic video by Little Milton performing We're Gonna Make It.
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1 years ago

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Happy #NationalDogDay - Does your furry friend have the #blues today? Why not play some Howlin' Woof? (Yes, I know.... A little obvious) Any other suggestions? (Cartoon art by R.K. Wright) ... See MoreSee Less

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1 years ago

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On today's date August 6th, 1973 Memphis Minnie passed away... Known as a #blues pioneer, Minnie was more than a good artist, she could hold her own against any of the blues artists of her time. Most importantly she influenced many of today’s successful and aspiring guitarists.

Here's a link to one of my articles on her:

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