Category Archives: Blues

Beatles Song Of The Week

This week we would like to feature a cover version of “It Don’t Come Easy” that we heard on The Current earlier this week.  Bettye LaVette has been in the music industry for 50 years, scoring her first Top 10 … Continue reading

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Here is some “Walking Blues” from the great Son House (1930).

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The Grateful Dead earned a well deserved reputation for playing thousands of very long and very boring shows for their army of obsessed fans.  Because they did.  To be honest, I never “got” the whole Deadhead thing.  I mean, their … Continue reading

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It’s Chet Atkins at the Grand Ole Opry in 1957!  I find this video to be incredibly cool.  Not just because it’s Chet, but because of the video quality.  It almost looks like videotape.  Enjoy!

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This week I feel like playing some rockabilly, so here’s Carl Perkins playing “Boppin The Blues” from 1957.  Go Cat Go!

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If I could go back in time and see any band live during any period of their existence it would probably go as follows: 1) Genesis, 1972-1975 2) Pink Floyd, 1969-1972 3) Van Halen, 1978-1982 4) King Crimson, 1972-1974 and … Continue reading

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Occasionally I come across a bootleg of such stunning quality that I just have to share it. The following video is one such example. It is Cream playing “Sitting On Top Of The World” in Detroit on October 10, 1967. … Continue reading

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The album from which this week’s Bluesday track hails is a unique moment in the history of the blues.  In 1968 an attempt was made to revive Muddy Waters’ career by convincing him to re-record some of his most famous … Continue reading

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After hearing yesterday’s Minnesota Music Monday selection from Desdamona I was inspired to choose a song by a true pioneer in the history of women in music.  I am talking about the incredible Billie Holiday.  All I can say about Lady … Continue reading

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This week we have selections from what has to be one of the greatest collaboration between a rock band and a blues singer in music history.  Hooker ‘N Heat, released in 1971 was the last album to feature Canned Heat guitarist, … Continue reading

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This week it is back to the the golden age of the blues, the 1920’s and a song called “Sweet Potato Blues.” Lonnie Johnson was one of the first stars of recorded guitar based blues.  His work even caught the … Continue reading

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Tonight we have a group that is sadly overlooked in the annals of blues/rock history, Humble Pie.  The group was something of a supergroup in England at the time of its formation (1969), containing the front men from two prominent … Continue reading

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Some more Rolling Stones from 1968’s Beggars Banquet.  This was probably their best album (although I go back and forth between it and Exile on Main Street).  Still, it was nice to see them get back in the win column … Continue reading

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Here’s Stevie Wonder supplying a funky variation on the traditional twelve bar blues with “Have a Talk With God” from the otherworldly Songs In The Key Of Life (1976).  As with most Stevie wonder songs of that era, Stevie plays all … Continue reading

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Today on the Bluesday we have the great Howlin’ Wolf.  Some may know him as the writer of blues standards like “Smokestack Lightnin’,” “Spoonful,” and “Back Door Man.”  Others may know him as one of the chief influences on the … Continue reading

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Hold it fellas, that don’t move.  Let’s get real, real gone for a change. -E. Presley (1954) A lot of people remember “Mystery Train,” “That’s Alright Mama,” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky” as the best of Elvis Presley’s singles for Sun … Continue reading

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For all of the attention Led Zeppelin received and still receives, the Jeff Beck Group should have received more. Sure, they have critical praise for their 1968 debut LP Truth, but they had nowhere near the career success that Led Zeppelin … Continue reading

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In response to a day filled with bad music wherever I went (car, supermarket, store) I would like to play a classic song by The Temptations.  Not exactly blues per se, but close enough.  If there is a list of … Continue reading

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Tuesday Bluesday – The Kinks

This Tuesday I’d like to feature one of my favorite bands, The Kinks.  1972 saw them release Muswell Hillbillies, probably their best complete album (and that’s saying something).  This song from the album is dedicated to paranoiacs everywhere.  It’s “Acute … Continue reading

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The following video comes from B.B. King’s historic concert at Sing Sing prison in 1972.  Classic blues, and introduced by Jimmie Walker.  I’d say that’s win-win.

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This week I’m stretching the definition of “blues” a bit to fit in a song that qualifies more as a folk song than a blues song.  But it is delivered by one of the premier folk/blues singers of his time, … Continue reading

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Creedence Clearwater Revival is a band that I was into when I was about 15, but not for very long.  Why?  They’re not a bad band by any stretch of the imagination.  It may just be because their hits are … Continue reading

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  Here is some bonus Blues Breakers with John Mayall and Eric Clapton.  The simple guitar/piano blues, “Bernard Jenkins” was not included on the monumental Blues Breakers album that pioneered a new era of blues guitar playing and tone.  It was … Continue reading

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Freddie King is back. I’ve featured him on Tuesday Bluesday before, but he is deserving of a repeat performance. Here he is performing one of his hits, “Goin’ Down.”

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One thing that I enjoy doing is comparing blues remakes to the original recordings. For those who believe that the blues is essentially the same song repeated over in the same style, I present “Traveling Riverside Blues.” First we have … Continue reading

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