I avoid superlatives, so trust me when I tell you that Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee are the greatest blues duo ever. I mean, these guys are just pure music, and if their blues don’t thoroughly soothe your soul then get yourself down to the ER posthaste as your soul needs medical attention. I recently… Read more
Q: What can one do when the actions of humans just seem to be screwing everything up so damn badly? A: Listen to Ray Charles sing about it.
The great Texas blues guitarist Johnny Winter died this week. I’ve been a huge fan since his first album which I recall blasting out my window so my friend Ben, who for some reason wasn’t allowed to come in, could hear it. Though this had to be like 45 years ago, I vividly remember Ben pressing… Read more
Not only did MW win the upside-down “where’s JB” contest, but he then picked a smokin’ cut for our musical edification and uplift. He writes: I started looking up female scat singers and listened to some Ella Fitzgerald to compare my friend, Lena Seikaly. Now, Lena is young, but she has a silk to her… Read more
A colleague points me toward this video of an uncannily bluesy take on that old classic, “Blehhh…Ahhhh…Gahhhh!” He has the moves, the sound, and even kills it on the harp in a few places. (h/t: AM!)