Thursday, April 17, 2014

Vintage: Bill Cosby Teaches Lesson with the Blues

A while back I posted an old video from the very popular 80's sitcom "The Cosby Show", where special guest BB King appeared.

This time, from the same show, Bill Cosby teaches his son Theo on how to get his girlfriend back, using the blues. Of course, this leads to some comedic and awkward scenarios.

I love this show and this clip brought back so many memories!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mojohand - The Source of Blues Themed Products

As I mentioned a few days ago, the fine folks at Mojohand have been fast and efficient in creating the blog's new banner.

Mojohand is THE source for blues and folk themed products; from prints to t-shirts, caps to CD designs, Grego has got your back!

Grego has been exhibited numerous times in many art galleries, in XL and Living Blues magazines, at the SXSW Music Festival, Blues Legends Festival, Austin City Limits and dozens more.

He has designed CD's for the following bluesmen: Bukka White, Big Joe Williams, Redd Foxx, Blind Willie McTell, Freddie Fender, Freddie King, Rosetta Tharpe, Big Bill Broonzy, Sunnyland Slim, Muddy WatersThe Mojomatics, and many more.

Check out some of the designs below, and trust me, that mojo will be workin' on you! There's t-shirts, stickers and other cool stuff to purchase (over 15 ready designs available), shipping since 2001!

Click for more details.

Monday, April 14, 2014

'I'm Free' - Lucky Peterson

Lucky Peterson found his breakthrough in the late 80's and early 90's, blending blues with soul and R n B. He is a gifted guitarist and pianist and continues to perform and record today.

Here's a slow blues from his album 'Triple Play' from 1990:

Sunday, April 13, 2014

New Blog Banner Design

I hope you like the new banner design I got from, a fully dedicated blues art and design website.

Grego, the owner, has been in the business for a while and has made designs for famous blues and other artists, as well as t-shirt, CD, and folk art design.

Look out for a more in-depth look about Mojohand in the coming days.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Earth Day Concert by Nawaf Gheraibah & Friends

Once again, I have the honor to perform with one of Kuwait's musical visionaries, Nawaf Gheraibah. I have worked with Nawaf on his Bija Concert which sent waves across the country. He also made the Samsara event last year as well to much acclaim.

And now, a smaller version of his events will be held for Earth Day, on the 22nd and 23rd April at the Kuwait National Museum, and I will be on bass duties once more.

Check out the teaser video below, and hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Jazz Cover of the Game of Thrones Theme!

If you're like me and addicted to Game of Thrones (what a great start to season 4 eh?), then you will enjoy this cover of the main theme.

The 'smooth jazz' version of the theme is performed by Dave Koz (9 time Grammy winner) on sax, Adam Kubota on bass, Allan Mednard on drums ans Scott Bradlee on piano. And it kicks ass!

If you think the epic intensity of dragons, incest, blood and gore, and backstabbing is too much, then hear this and think of your loved one, gazing over King's Landing.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Blues Magazine Now Available in the Middle East

Well this is a surprising find! Who would have thought that a blues exclusive magazine would find itself in Kuwait?

I wrote about the state of blues magazines not too long ago, and I've been following a relatively new one called The Blues Magazine out of the UK. You can check out their blog [here]. They are also on Facebook and Twitter.

This particular issue is number 12, and covers a range of topics in 130 pages like:

- The 1964 Blues & Gospel Tour of Europe featuring Muddy Waters, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee and others
- Article on Robert Cray
- 60 Years of the Fender Strat (I did that too!)
- Article on Jack Bruce

and a dozen other things like reviews, tour information, hundreds of color photos and editorials.

It also comes with a CD, which was removed from my copy due to Kuwaiti customs (still the devil's music eh?). As you can see the cover has been ripped and the CD taken out. 

So go on over to your local bookstore and get your copy and support the blues!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Legacy of Muddy Waters

The 4th of April marked the 101st birthday of McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters.

Muddy Waters is my hands down favorite bluesman of all time. His music is where I draw my musical inspiration from, like the hundreds of others.

Like many bluesmen before him, Muddy traveled to Chicago from his native Mississippi. But it was his new 'electric' sound that brought him to the public and national light. Before this, music was all acoustic, and in live situations the guitar (and by extension the bass) was near inaudible over the drums and a horn section. Once he tried plugging in his guitar through an amplifier, the sound of the blues was changed forever. But it was also his Mississippi Delta upbringing that also gave his blues a raw feel. His use of amplification is cited as, the  missing link between Delta Blues and Rock 'N' Roll.

I Can't Be Satisfied, released in 1948, arguably 'the song' that changed music.  

Soon enough, it was hit after hit during the 50's, and his music defined the Chicago blues, such as Hoochie Cootchie Man, Rolling Stone, Mannish Boy, You Shook Me, and many more. His music and the evolution of rock n' roll dominated the scenes in the 1960's and 1970's. You owe him for many of the British bands of the day, like The Rolling Stones, Clapton, and Led Zeppelin. He has 3 albums in the Top 500 Albums of all Time

He has won Grammys, has a Lifetime Achievement Award and is a Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer. I could go on forever.

Here's the first track off of Muddy's comeback Grammy winning album 'Hard Again', featuring a new and dazzling version of Mannish Boy. Happy birthday Muddy!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

New Photos Found from Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme' Session

I've talked about John Coltrane's 'A Love Supreme' many times, and I still don't mind talking about it. It's a really supreme (don't mind the pun) album.

And now, David Stewart, son of Chuck Steward who was taking photos on the day of the recording in December 1964, found 6 never seen before pictures of that session.

You can go to NPR's Jazz Blog 'A Blog Supreme' (a name very relevant to this news!) and check out the whole story [here].

Everytime I Get to Drinkin' - Sunnyland Slim

Sunnyland Slim (real name Albert Luandrew) was born in Mississippi, and took the great migration to Chicago, like many of his fellow bluesmen. He became one of Chicago's greatest blues pianists and cut many tracks with dozens of musicians including Sonny Boy Williamson and Muddy Waters. 

This track is from the 1964 American Folk Blues Festival which was held in various places in Europe (this one specifically from the UK show).

Master bluesmen Willie Dixon and Hubert Sumlin are on the bass and guitar respectively on this low down blues.