Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Rare Version of Muddy Waters' 'Mean Red Spider'

One of Muddy's well known songs from his first pressings at Chess Records (called Aristocrat at the time) was 'Mean Red Spider' in 1948. But the one we know was him playing distorted guitar with Big Ernest Crawford on upright bass.

However there is a very rare version for 1946 on the Ballen label of the same name, and listed Muddy under the alias James "Sweet Lucy" Carter and his Orchestra.

It features a more jazzy blues full with horns, something we aren't used from Muddy.

Apparently only a limited number of this record were released, making this a highly sought after tune.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Raw Blues-Rock: 'Off The Ground' - The Record Company

The Record Company have released their debut album last month, which features some rugged and raw rock with heavy blues undertones.

The band consists of:

1) Chris Vos - vocals, guitars, lap steel, pedal steel, harmonica
2) Alex Stiff - bass, guitars, piano, vocals
3) Marc Cazorla - drums, piano, vocals

Their song 'Off The Ground' from the album is a real head banger; check it out below!

[Official Website]

Sunday, April 3, 2016

'I Am The Blues' Film Coming in May

This May, probably (and as you would expect) my most anticipated film of 2016, called "I Am The Blues" will be released.

Here's the official blurb from their website:

"I AM THE BLUES takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. Visiting the last original blues devils, many in their 80s, still living in the American deep south and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit. Let Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer, Lil’ Buck Sinegal and their friends awaken the blues in all of us."

Below is the trailer for your enjoyment. Get hype!

Monday, March 14, 2016

'Rock Me Baby' - Ali Sleeq & Turk LIVE

Here's a stripped down, mellow version of the classic blues standard 'Rock Me Baby', that me and Tarik 'Turk' Kabbani performed at Shaheed Park (Kuwait) in February.

More videos will be posted soon!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Latest Update Roundup

Well, it's been about 3 weeks since I posted on the blog, but don't you worry. I'm still here... but been busy with many musical stuff... so here's a quick update!

Radio Interview on FM103.7

Radio Interview with new funk/rock band The Watertowers; here the first song below!

Live Performance at Bayt Lothan

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Buddy Guy Wins the Blues Grammy

The results are in! The 58th Grammy Awards took place last night, and the blues ambassador himself, Buddy Guy, won Best Blues Album with 'Born to Play Guitar'.

Congrats to the OG of the Blues for his deserved win (as I predicted). Below is the title song off the album, performed at a concert held in the White House in the presence of President Barack Obama:

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Lonesome Valentine Blues

This is not a blog about celebrating happiness; so for you lonesome souls on this day, I present to you a playlist of vintage mellow blues to match your alcohol binge tonight:

Bo Carter - Sorry Feeling Blues

Ishman Bracey - Left Alone Blues 

Ramblin Thomas - So Lonesome


 Charlie McCoy - Last Time Blues

 Johnnie Temple - Lead Pencil Blues (It Just Won't Write)


Casey Bill Weldon - Somebody Changed the Lock on That Door


Thursday, February 4, 2016

New Trailer for Miles Davis Biofilm

A while back (almost two years ago) I posted about how actor Don Cheadle was seeking funding to make a Miles Davis biofilm 'Miles Ahead'; well after a long wait, the film is going to be released in theaters on April 1!

Here's the epic 2 minute trailer that was posted last night:

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

20th Anniversary Tour of 'Come Find Yourself' - Fun Lovin' Criminals

One of my all time favorite bands, and definitely one the most underrated. Their mix of blues, rock, funk, hip-hop, lounge, and the gritty mafioso urban lyrical content caught my attention instantly back in the day and I never looked back.

The Fun Lovin' Criminals are starting this year with a bang; their first album, released in 1996, 'Come Find Yourself' turns 20. And to celebrate, the boys have kicked off a massive European/Australia tour.

I am without a doubt their biggest fan from the Middle East; hopefully they set a gig in the region so I can go watch... been a dream of mine since 1997! I have all their albums and DVD's including some limited release vinyls.

Not only that, a re-release of the album has been announced which includes rare goodies, like rare takes, remixes, videos, and the like:

Go to their official page [here] and check out a classic track from the original album:

Monday, February 1, 2016

'Too Poor to Die' (live video) - Ali Sleeq & Steve Harper

A while back, I performed with new acquaintance  Steve Harper at Qout Market, and I just received the video. This was our first performance together, hope you enjoy it!