American blues musician Gus Cannon died broke and alone on the streets of Memphis, but at one time his band, Cannon’s Jug Stompers, were the premiere jug band around.
In 1969, a band called The Flock came on the scene like a godsend, then faded into obscurity. Now a lost album turns up with quite a nostalgic tone to it.
Jerome “Little Anthony” Gourdine does not like tags. “I’m no doo-wop singer,” he claims. “I never was!” Instead, the Imperials leadman believes that most of the songs he is known for are in a “whole ‘nother category.”
When Wrenn steps on a stage, you should know what you’re in for. She’s like a hot Minor League baseball player just waiting for her time in the big leagues. Then there’s Javier Colon and Steve Dawson, who couldn’t be more diametrically opposed yet both have made career albums. Finally, Beatle fans be forewarned of Daria!
It’s hard not to like “Big Bill Broonzy Sings Folk Songs” as a new remastered vinyl reissue. Like the man himself, it
deserves much love.
Linda Gail Lewis rocks on her new Lanark Records release and it even includes a tribute to big brother Jerry Lee Lewis. Linda speaks to Goldmine about it.
“Jerry Lee Lewis at Sun Records: The Collected Works” is a massive boxed set that you could totally lose yourself in.
For 40 years, Bear Family Records has made each release an event. And with the “40 Years: Bear Family Records” box set, the German giant shows off its pride.
Four new CDs are among state-of-the-art jazz, rock, classical and pop: add a string quartet to the Danny Green Trio and you’ve got some impressive European classical despite the band being from San Diego. Then there’s Kendra Lou’s personal pain, Jim Rotondi’s manifestation of being blue and Jim McKinley’s penchant to just rock out.
Come May in Memphis and it’s my educated guess that 64-year old singer/guitarist Johnny Rawls will be picking up yet another blues award from The Blues Foundation. The Mississippi native has just had his “Tiger In A Cage” released by Catfood Records out of El Paso, Texas, and it’s a damn fine barn-burner of old-school soulman-styled rhythm’n’blues.