Lead guitarist Steve Picou put down his ax for nine years in the 1990s. He had had enough of an industry where Shelby Lynne isn’t a superstar and Taylor Swift is.
Chicago’s Alligator Records has billed itself as “Genuine House Rockin’ Music Since 1971.” And founder Bruce Iglauer says “the best is yet to come.”
On “Texas Easy Street Blues,” the itinerant hobo Thomas wants to head back to his native Texas and just sit and watch the world go by.
With her new album, “Worthy,” out on U.K.’s Cherry Red Records, Lavette is showing American labels just what they are missing.
Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke, John Scofield, Ron Carter, King Sunny Ade, John Medeski, Wayne Shorter, Chris Botti, Steve Miller Band, Erykah Badu, Lucinda Williams, John Mayall, James Cotton, Madeleine Peyroux and Robert Glaspar might be giants but the essence of the upcoming Montreal International Jazz Festival June 26-July 5 are the free shows of Ragtime, Cajun, Celtic, Blues, Folk, Rock, hiphop, Dixieland, Swing, Bebop, Fusion, Gospel, Folk, Pop, and every other imaginable genre!
Denny Laine has criss-crossed the globe with Wings and broken hearts as the lead singer of The Moody Blues. At the age of 70, he has no plans of slowing down.
It’s a safe bet to assume you have never heard “Mack The Knife” interpreted like The Julia Hulsmann Quartet featuring Theo Blackman. Other sounds you have never ever heard before include a band comprised of but two bassists and a drummer plus the kind of introspective songs that Salina Sias (pictured) has brought from Texas to Brooklyn. We top it all off with some delicious post-bop Smoked Herring.
Seeing Dr. John at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania’s MusikFest Café is an experience like no other, for it is here where the venue itself is as big an attraction as the artists it brings in.
This year’s gonna be a big year for Huddie Ledbetter (aka Lead Belly) and it starts with a 5-CD box set, the first comprehensive overview of his life.
David Torn takes his electric oud and his guitar to new heights…Pianist Harold Mabern does he does best: make others sound great…Cash Box Kings make the blues come alive…and a man named Voo will woo you.