August

Blues

Album Review: Royal Southern Brotherhood - "Royal Southern Brotherhood"

July 9, 2012
Royal Southern Brotherhood Royal Southern Brotherhood Ruf Records What a cool union! Two musical lineages intertwine in RSB, a new quintet headed by the mighty Cyril Neville. As a member
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Interview: Joe Robinson

July 9, 2012
Super-picker Joe Robinson explains why he went electric on Let Me Introduce You, and describes his journey from hotshot instrumentalist to singer-songwriter.
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Album Review: Rory Block - "I Belong to the Band: A Tribute to Rev. Gary Davis"

June 8, 2012
I Belong to the Band is the fourth CD in Rory Block’s “Mentor Series” of recordings, in which she pays tribute to great blues guitarists that she studied in her youth.
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Album Review: Ned Evett - "Treehouse"

April 6, 2012
Roadhouse boogie, amped-up folk-blues, and swampy ballads on—get this—fretless electric, flattop, and resonator guitars.
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Album Review: Heartless Bastards - "Arrow"

January 10, 2012
The band''s latest lineup showcases Wennerstrom’s hauntingly gruff voice dancing with dirty blues-rock riffs in a way that’s distinctive and starkly wholesome.
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CD Review: David Bromberg - "Use Me"

August 16, 2011
For his latest release, "Use Me," the 66-year-old-string wizard gathered a few friends in studios around the country to help him celebrate his return to guitar and concertizing.
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CD Review: The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band - "How I Go"

July 19, 2011
Some Kenny Wayne Shepherd fans have been waiting for this album since the ’90s.
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CD Review: Matt Schofield - "Anything But Time"

June 14, 2011
On the majority of these 10 tracks, which are mostly co-written originals, Schofield uses just a touch less grit than most blues players rely on these days.
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CD Review: Levon Helm - "Ramble at the Ryman"

June 14, 2011
There are few American institutions with as deep a connection to roots music as the Ryman, and it serves as the perfect setting for Helm’s melting pot of blues, soul, and country.
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CD Review: Steve Dawson - "Nightshade"

June 14, 2011
Featuring stirring performances from a host of superb guitarists (including Kelly Joe Phelps, Bruce Cockburn, Bill Frisell, and Bob Brozman), the album is both an aural delight and an inspiring collection of edgy songs.
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CD Review: Joe Bonamassa - "Dust Bowl"

March 15, 2011
Joe Bonamassa Dust Bowl J&R Adventures Joe Bonamassa has appropriated a genre of music born from slavery and black blues musicians, and mutated it to big-screen proportions. Dust Bowl is
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CD Review: G. Love - "Fixin to Die"

February 23, 2011
G. Love''s latest effort handpicks blues-derived, sincere snippets from Love’s expansive catalog and fleshes them out into a cohesive country-blues package of solid songwriting and even stronger musicianship.
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Fingerpicking Blues: Classic 8-Bar Blues Solos in First Position

January 17, 2011
The following solos show how to play unaccompanied, solo blues in first position.
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Piedmont Blues: Capture a Ragtime Sound With This Fingerstyle Piece in Drop D Tuning

December 21, 2010
Capture a Ragtime Sound With This Fingerstyle Piece in Drop D Tuning
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CD Review: Joanne Shaw Taylor - "Diamonds in the Dirt"

December 21, 2010
With her second album, Diamonds in the Dirt, Taylor brings a new authority to her playing, songwriting, and smoky vocals.
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The Secondary Blues Box: Pattern and Licks from the "Other" Popular Anchor Point

November 16, 2010
Exploring a shape used by Mike Bloomfield and Robben Ford
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CD Review: Los Lonely Boys - "Keep on Giving: Acoustic Live!"

October 20, 2010
Los Lonely Boys deliver a different flavor of their "Texican" music
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Funky Blues: Rhythm Guitar Styles of Albert Collins, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Others

October 20, 2010
Rhythm Guitar Styles of Albert Collins, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Others
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CD Review: Devon Allman's Honeytribe - "Space Age Blues"

October 20, 2010
Gregg Allman''s son carves a path all his own
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CD Review: Buddy Guy - "Living Proof"

October 20, 2010
Buddy guy is in classic form in his latest blues album.
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