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Blind Willie Johnson: God Moves On Water

“God Moves On the Water” was recorded by Blind Willie Johnson for Columbia Records in New Orleans when representatives from the great label of the North went on a field expedition throughout Louisiana to try and find regional talent. It’s safe to say they hit the jackpot with the blind singing songwriting preaching Texan.

Dr. John’s “Gris-Gris” Turns 50

Mac Rebennack was run out of his native New Orleans when he was 28 and told to never come back. In Los Angeles, after becoming the go-to guy of recording sessions, he rechristened himself Dr. John, The Night Tripper, and recorded his debut as a solo artist, one of the greatest albums of all-time, 1968’s “Gris-Gris.” Dr. John, now 77, goes over all the fine ingredients that make up this 50-year-old album.

Randy Bachman reinvents George Harrison’s music

Randy Bachman, the co-founder of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, has embarked on a striking new musical venture — reimagining George Harrison’s music on the album “By George – By Bachman” which was released this March. Our Goldmine interview highlights the evolution of the album and the motivation behind Bachman’s tribute.