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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Blues Never Die: On My Absence



Well sheeeeeeeeeeeit. I haven't posted since June. I haven't even commented on all the things happening in my musical endeavors and or new of blues world.

It is a shame really; I remember dedicating a lot of my time to this blog. I still get regular emails from artists and labels worldwide asking me to review their albums. I was voted the 18th Top Blues Blog on the internet.

Unfortunately due to many real life issues, work and family related, I was unable to keep up with the daily or weekly updates of the old days. I owe many of you apologies for this sabbatical. I really want you to know it's not intentional.

The blues as a musical genre does not garner that much public attention. Ariana Grande can simply tweet "thank u, next" and get hundreds of thousands of retweets. We don't have this privilege.

Not that we'd want it of course; we pride ourselves in the purity and meaning behind the music. However, because of the lack of general happenings, there is less news coverage, and less things going on.

It can get very frustrating when writing about something that, not only you've spoken about for years, but if there is nothing actually happening. There is just so many times I can link old videos. Writers block is a bitch.

But know that I've been playing some gigs, and I got a big one coming up next month. I am working on a new EP. I am seeking more opportunities.

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I might have been out for a while, but I will be back. The blues never die, and neither will my message.

I thank all your support and emails. It has definitely made my blues a bit softer. I look forward to being back very soon with regular updates.

You can follow me on Twitter @alisleeq and Instagram @bluesman81

Monday, June 25, 2018

The Blues Returns to Beirut - 21 July



My first show in Beirut in 3 years will be on July 21 at Salon Beyrouth!

Come on down to hear the real low down and rotten blues, as you ain't never done!

You can check out the event page [here]!


Sunday, May 13, 2018

Buddy Guy Talks Blues with David Letterman



On David Letterman's Netflix show, 'My Next Guest Needs No Introduction' episode with Tina Fay, Buddy Guy, one of the last remaining blues OGs, sat down with David to have some chicken and talk the blues.

Check it out, it's a treat! Here's a clip from Youtube, the episode is longer and has some live performances!


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Gibson Guitars Going Bankrupt, But Are We Surprised?



Gibson Guitars, the iconic guitar maker, has filed for bankruptcy citing low guitar sales.

I, however, am not really surprised.

See, Gibson still saw itself as a traditional guitar maker, even though the advancements of technology and change in the atmosphere of music and how it's perceived by the young generation is on a fast track forward. This old-school mentality didn't match the other makers, mostly Fender (who have taken a role in adapting to the modern trends to stay relevant). What ended up happening was Gibson kept raising the prices of their guitars to be able to break even, but finally priced themselves out of the market.



As you can see, the standard US Les Paul goes for $3,300. That wouldn't be a major issue unless you follow the news that Gibson's quality control has been bad for a while.

Now see their classic competitor, Fender's offering:




Their standard US Strat is for LESS THAN HALF of the Gibson, which as per the reviews is one of the best made Fenders in recent memory.

As long as you consider yourself a luxury brand (this isn't cars we're talking about), and trying to sell to broke musicians or beginners, you're gonna end up with a bad time. Not only that, many other makers do the Les Paul better.

Gibson is too iconic to die, but hoping a change of management and vision will bring it back on track.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Two New Interviews on the Same Day!



Today I was pleasantly surprised to hear that not one, but TWO interviews of me were posted this morning!

First: local newspaper Arab Times





and second, with Jam Sphere Magazine:





Friday, April 6, 2018

My Album 'Gonna Die With The Blues' Launches, Video Up





I'm happy to announce that my debut album 'Gonna Die With The Blues' has officially launched worldwide on all major digital platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, Anghami, and others.

"From the sounds of the Mississippi Delta to inner city Chicago, with the stories of Ali Sleeq's personal life of blues, this album will be a one-of-a-kind blues release from the Middle East, with various inspirations across the genre"

To celebrate we prepared a small video for the occasion!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mother's Day Blues



Today the day we acknowledge and thank the women of the world who have given their lives, effort, and time to take care of us. While mostly it is a time for celebration, the blues is always relevant.

Mothers go through so much to ensure we become better people, to stay healthy, to learn to do things right and to always be good.

It's definitely not easy to be a mother, so here's a small list of blues songs that talk about the hardships and tribulations of mothers everywhere.


Crying Mother Blues - Cripple Clarence Lofton




Mother Gone - Leroy Carr



Mother Blues - Son Seals



Nobody Loves Me But My Mother - B.B. King



Gone Mother Blues - Charlie Spand



Motherless Child - O.V. Wright

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

My Debut Album 'Gonna Die With The Blues' to be Released on April 5!



After announcing it a while back, I am finally happy to confirm the release of my debut album 'Gonna Die With The Blues' on April 5, 2018.

It has 10 tracks and features many great musicians on board. It will be released on all digital platforms, and will follow with some launch events later.

Please watch this space come launch day!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Ali Sleeq w/ Altersal - Neptune Blues NOW AVAILABLE




I had the pleasure to work with the great musician and soundscape adventurer Altersal, to create something a little different.

This is what happens when you mix a traditional blues song with some synths and drops of acid. The wicked collaboration with Altersal, a member of the band Galaxy Juice and a solo artist, provides his unique flavor to the old blues formula. The result? A hypnotic drone blues taken to the stratosphere.

The song is inspired by 'Dark Road' by Floyd Jones from 1948... but set hundreds of years into the future.

You can find the song in the links below on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and Youtube; I hope you enjoy it! I also have some big news coming in next couple of days!

Vocals / Bass / Guitar - Ali Sleeq 
Synths / Drum Machines / Production - Altersal



Thursday, February 15, 2018

Buddy Guy Reflects on the Blues (Video)


An interview on Reverb with Buddy Guy was posted in January but I never got around to posting it until now. Please mind my delay... music and what not got in my way!

Buddy Guy is one of the last remaining OGs of the blues alive today. He's been through it all man... this is a great video for all blues, music, and guitar fans!