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: