In need of a Monday morning pick me up? Jackie Wilson has one of the most legendary voices in popular music. Heck, even Elvis Presley was known to admire it. His live performances were equally electrifying, as this video demonstrates.
BALTO I was sold on Balto as soon as I heard the blistering slide on “Black Snake, Mojave Blues”, the sample track that they shared on their SXSW profile page. Seeing them live provided an exclamation point – I caught two exceptional raucous and greasy outdoor sets in the afternoon sun. The LA-based quartet were […]
Fiery rocker Nikki Hill talks about the vast array of day jobs that she’s had while building her career and finding rehearsal studios while touring.
Detroit musician Dennis Coffey, a member of the Funk Brothers and a distinguished solo artist and producer, talks about taking a break from music and the lesson to be learned from the experience.
Yola Carter is well known in her native U.K., and soon she will be just as well known on this side of the big pond. While she has received some recognition stateside, her new album “Walk Through Fire” will no doubt put her front and center of the Americana scene. The album was produced by […]
I’ve been revisiting some soul classics of late. High on my list is favorites is Dobie Gray’s uplifting “Drift Away”. Here’s Gray performing the song back in the 1970’s and a bonus video of Bruce Springsteen dusting it off in 2013.
It’s hard to go wrong kicking off the week with the Staples Singers. Here’s the group celebrating their 1999 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction with rousing performances of their classics “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There.”
How about we start off the week with a classic. Jimmy Cliff is a towering voice, both as a singer and a songwriter, and “Many Rivers to Cross” is among his finest creations. Don’t believe me? Look at this list of artists who have covered the song: Bruce Springsteen, Annie Lennox, Jimmy Barnes & Crowded […]
1) Brent Cobb – “Providence Canyon” There are a number of young artists carrying the Amercana torch into the future but Cobb is one of the best. 2) Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore – “Downey to Lubbock” This collaboration was at least a decade overdue. These two old friends finally got together and gave […]
Once again, I have compiled my inexpert list of the blues-based albums that I liked the most from the past year. Here we go: 1. Eric Bibb – Global Griot. I like experimentation, and that is something Bibb is not afraid to do, as his last several albums all include interesting collaborations and stylistic blends. […]