Tag Archive | blues

Review: Chris Smither, Hundred Dollar Valentine

Chris Smither Hundred Dollar Valentine [Signature Sounds (2012)] Before rock music found a way to make listeners sad in novel ways, there was country and the blues. Chris Smither has been making quietly successful, powerful songs to make you wistful since 1970. Morrissey and countless Emo bands could learn a thing or two by listening to Smither’s entire […]

Travelogue: Festival In the Desert 2012

Festival In the Desert 2012 Photos and Essay by Ezra Gale In January of 2012 I travelled with a friend to Timbuktu, Mali, for the legendary Festival in the Desert. The trip was a long-planned for pilgrimage to the breeding ground of some of my favorite music on the planet—the crossroads of West African rhythms, […]

Photoessay – New Orleans French Quarter Fest

Photographer Willow Haley recently made it out to French Quarter Fest in her hometown of New Orleans and send us some pictures. Enjoy! The pictures were taken over the course of three days. It’s hard to pick a favorite act.  It’s amazing to watch how Little Freddy King can still move like a thirty year […]

Review: Mud Morganfield, Son of the Seventh Son

Mud Morganfield Son of the Seventh Son [Severn Records (2012)] It’s never easy being the son of a major dad as Mud Morganfield is to his father, the legendary Muddy Waters, since comparisons are always inevitable and often unjust. Yet, it’s also a crime to waste God-given talent, which Muddy’s eldest son finally acknowledges with his debut […]

Review: Stickman, Hide & Seek

Stickman [aka Neil Haverstick] Hide & Seek [Independent (2011)] Compared to most bluesmen, Neil Haverstick approaches his craft unconventionally but in a way blues needs more of. He’s certainly rooted in the genre, as evidenced by the crunchy, in-your-face shuffle of “Blues Ain’t Nothin’.” However, on “Goin’ to Memphis,” he ingeniously borrows a rhythm from Robert Johnson’s “Preachin’ […]

Review: Toronzo Cannon, Leaving Mood

With this solid release in hand, Cannon’s a bluesman worth knowing.

Review: Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire, The Real Deal

Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire The Real Deal Delmark Records After years of being a cog in the Chicago blues scene, Sharon Lewis steps out with a dandy national release that will have the rest of the country wondering where this gritty, soulful vocalist has been all this time. As the horn-struttin’ title track proclaims, she, indeed, […]