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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Hip Hop X Blues - 2 Live Blues / 2 Live Crew



2 Live Crew are a notoriously obscene, yet influential, hip hop crew from Miami. They were very popular in the 80's and 90's, known for controversial subject matter in their albums.

There's one track on their most famous 1989 album As Nasty As I Wanna Be called '2 Live Blues', which is them rapping over the ever classic blues call and response rhythm, which was sampled from blues/soul man Clarence Carter's 'Love Me With a Feeling'. So let's take a step back in time to classic hip hop.

*WARNING EXPLICIT LYRICS & CONTENT*


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Happy Birthday Little Walter!


On May 1, 1930, blues harmonica legend Marion Walter Jacobs, AKA Little Walter, was born.

Walter would become one of the main pillars of blues harmonica in the Chicago scene, also famously known for being in Muddy Waters' blues band before going solo. His solo career would also be highly successful will hits like "Juke", "My Babe" and others.

He died at an early age in 1968 due to injuries in a nightclub fight. 

Here's a rare live performance from 1967:


Monday, May 1, 2017

Blues for May 1st




Today is May 1, the International Workers Day, or Labor Day in the US.

The Blues is no stranger to the toils of hard work and the troubles we all must endure, from harsh working conditions to a mean ol' boss man to put food on the table.

So here's a few songs I selected for you on this occasion:


OH CAPTAIN - MUDDY WATERS 




WORKING MAN BLUES - BLIND BOY FULLER




POOR AND AIN'T GOT A DIME - FLOYD COUNCIL




BIG BOSS MAN - JIMMY REED




HELP THE POOR - BB KING




COLD WINTER BLUES - KOKOMO ARNOLD





Thursday, April 20, 2017

Celebrate 4/20 with the Blues



Yeah yeah we know, it's April 20. And potheads will be very sure to let us know, even if you only tried it once.

So if you want to get blazed, take a toke of Muddy Waters' anthem to the leafy green:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Blues for Mother's Day



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 (well except Elmore James' but I digress):


Mother's Blues - Leadbelly 



Mother Blues - Son Seals



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



Mean Mistreatin' Mama - Elmore James



Motherless Child - O.V. Wright

Monday, March 13, 2017

Blues Book: 'The Art of the Blues: A Visual Treasury of Black Music's Golden Age'



Art and blues? A history of visuals of the blues world? TAKE MY MONEY.

I purchased the blues/art book 'The Art of the Blues: A Visual Treasury of Black Music's Golden Age' by Bill Dahl, which compiles the history of cover art, poster work, and advertisements for all things blues in this amazing book. It's brings the blues image and lifestyle alive, making us feel the music just by looking at it. Bill Dahl, a  music journalist and historian who has written liner notes for countless reissues of classic blues, soul, R&B, and rock albums, is the perfect author to gather all this wonderful information.

If you are into the blues as I am, or if you are into vintage art, or simply want a book for your growing coffee table collection, then this one is for you.


Monday, March 6, 2017

David Gilmour Plays the Blues



Pink Floyd are not strangers to the blues; I have already mentioned that previously [here] and [here]. Hell their band name is a mish-mash of two bluesmen's names.

So since today is lead guitarist David Gilmour's birthday, I thought I'd showcase Gilmour playing some blues from the late 80's for ya.

Have a good one Dave!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine Blues Playlist



So, you got the blues on this special day? You're just in luck, because I got you covered with this lonesome blues playlist for you to drown your sorrow away.

So if you're single and alone, or in a relationship where you can't be satisfied, this list is for you:


Kind Hearted Woman - Muddy Waters



You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now - BB King



Wont' Be Hangin' Around - Albert King



A Man Like Me is Hard to Find - Lightnin' Hopkins



Last Time Blues - Charlie McCoy



I'm Getting Tired - Snooky Pryor



Nobody Loves Me - Memphis Slim



Sometimes I Wonder - Otis Spann




Monday, February 13, 2017

Blues Winners at the 59th Grammy Awards





So the Grammy Awards happened last night, and while we are not concerned with anything else other than the blues, here are the winners of the two categories in Blues:


Personally speaking I would have liked Lurrie Bell to win the Traditional category, as I consider Bobby Rush to be more of soul/R&B, and The Record Company for Contemporary, but nonetheless congrats to the winners!

Here's a video from each winner:






Thursday, December 29, 2016

Blues Review 2016



Another year has gone, this time one of the harshest. Wars, many influential celeb deaths, and Pokemon Go.

This year was a turning point for me, as I was signed to a record label and my album is coming early next year, as well having some great gigs and played in Bahrain for the first time with my rock side-project The Watertowers.

My album, coming soon in 2017

Blog wise I was not that active this year, mainly because my life and music commitments too a lot of my blog slice of the pie; hopefully you stuck around with me and I hope to bring you more blues next year. Have a good one everybody.

Oh, and in case you missed it, here's my latest Youtube upload of my band performing Dust My Broom at the DAI Fall Festival last month: