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Tuesday Blues Throwdown

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 14, 2009 by 30daysout


Is there a good day to get the blues?  Probably not.  Is there a good day to listen to the blues?  Yes, definitely.  Today looks like the day.

MP3: “I Just Keep Loving Her” by Little Walter

MP3: “Southbound Train” by Muddy Waters

MP3: “Knockin’ At Your Door” by Elmore James

MP3: “You Don’t Treat Me Right” by Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown

MP3: “The Sky Is Crying” by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

MP3: “The Leading Brand” by Earl Hooker

MP3: “This Is The End” by Buddy Guy

MP3: “My Head’s In Mississippi” by ZZ Top

MP3: “You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover” by the Fabulous Thunderbirds

MP3: “Stroke My Yoke” by Willie Tomlin

MP3: “Let Your Daddy Ride” by John Lee Hooker

MP3: “San Francisco Breakdown” by Doctor Ross

Review: “Skin Deep,” Buddy Guy

Posted in Review with tags , , , on July 15, 2008 by 30daysout






Buddy Guy is a national treasure – at age 72, he has played the blues for four and a half decades and shows no signs of slowing down.    Buddy has influenced Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.  He is the living, breathing inheritor of the Chicago urban blues tradition handed down directly from Muddy Waters (with whom Buddy played) and Howlin’ Wolf.  

He has made at least 60 albums and Skin Deep, his latest, shows off Guy’s screaming guitar and vocal prowess as well as any of his other efforts.  Sure, the guest stars pop up as they do all too often these days – Clapton plays and sings on “Every Time I Sing The Blues” and “Too Many Tears” features the husband-wife team of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks (Allman Brothers Band).  “Who’s Gonna Fill Those Shoes” mourns and name-checks the lost real blues men, and Buddy Guy’s wailing guitar leads suggests that he may very well be the last of the old-school guys.  That may be true and all the more reason to pick up Skin Deep.  It’s good work by a true master.

MP3: “Who’s Gonna Fill Those Shoes”

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Remembering The Blues

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 27, 2008 by 30daysout

America’s great national music is the blues.  Without the blues, there would be no rock and roll, and no hip-hop.  The first generation of the blues masters (Robert Johnson) is pretty much the exclusive territory of college professors and fawning Brits, and latter-day giants like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf have virtually disappeared into the catalogs of countless rockers from the 1960s and 1970s.  It’s tough to hear the blues on the radio, too, unless you venture over to the far left side of the FM dial (think NPR). 

No question: the blues is definitely an endangered art form, although not totally extinct.  Modern artists like Marcia Ball and Jimmie Vaughan keep the faith in Texas, and up in Chicago luminaries like Lonnie Brooks (with his sons) and John Primer are fighting the good fight.  You have Elmore James Jr., son of the great guitarist, and David “Honeyboy” Edwards too.  Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and sometimes John Mayer put the blues on a national stage. 

So let’s celebrate our great national resource with some classic blues artists.  Pay attention, because later this week we will take a look at new albums by some current blues artists and see how they connect to the past.

MP3: I Just Wanna Make Love To You by Muddy Waters

MP3: Knockin’ At Your Door by Elmore James

MP3: Ball And Chain by Etta James

MP3: Hoodoo Man by Junior Wells

MP3: Watergate Blues by Howlin’ Wolf

MP3: Nine Below Zero by Sonny Boy Williamson