THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE – AUGUST 1-9, 2015
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This is the schedule for our live DJ shows. Our station runs spins the blues 24/7, is listener supported and commercial free. Tune in, chat with us!
These days we are getting many requests to play music created by our listeners and their friends. We are delighted to take submissions into consideration.
If you would like your music to get on air, please follow these guidelines. We basically made them so one of us doesn’t have to stay up all night retagging and coverting tunes into mp3s:
We will air only music that is available for purchase at places like amazon, itunes, cdbaby, etc., unless a release is filled out. If you’d like the release please email us and request it.
We’re big on original blues. We are eager to broadcast original blues tunes by artists that respect traditional blues AND put their unique spin on it. It keeps our blood pumpin’! And – does it really need to be said? We LOVE what we do and are in AWE of the music you create. Thanks for sharing it with us! We are truly honored.
We get quite a few song submissions at BluesMusicFan these days, and I feel honored to be asked to listen to the results of hard work by the music’s creators. I love it when a band’s sound moves me, when I relate or can connect with a band’s groove … well, isn’t that the magic of music after all?
Two bands have recently caught my attention, and I think its important that you hear of them too. What I particularly like about the offerings of both bands, is that their ablums are filled with original blues tracks. You’ll hear their tracks in the course of listening to BluesMusicFan Radio, especially during the live DJ sets. Give them a listen — and if you’re in a neighborhood where one of these talented bands might be performing — go see them live!! Live blues is where it is at!
Blues Engine (www.bluesengine.net) formed in London in September 2013, and played their debut gig at Ronnie Scott’s bar on 30 January 2014. Founded by Alex Cooray (guitar), who teamed up with longtime friend Ovais Hai (drums), added the “other Alex” Liutai on bass… one very important role remained unfilled… lead singer.
Cooray writes in an article for Blues in Britain (May 2015) that the band “struck gold” with their lead singer Katya (Chernyakova). I like how he describes her,
that her voice sometimes “made him forget what he was doing and lose his place on the fretboard.” I am also quite taken with her voice – strong enough
for the blues and vulnerable enough for more contemporary vocals.
Playing live is where they find their magic, their inspiration – moving people into dancing, losing themselves in the music. And in the studio — that’s where they summon their focus, painstakingly inspecting each and every note they record until it is exactly as they want it presented.
Blues Engine’s debut album is called The Quick And The Dirty and releases July 4. Its a creative and diverse offering of original songs with its roots solidly in the blues. I have to thank Alex for passing the finished tracks to me as they emerged from the studio… the latest being the stunning “For A Breath I Tarry.” Enjoy their tunes by checking out their video links here: http://www.bluesengine.net/music.htm but please don’t forget to pick up their album when it releases in July. You’ll find the tracks have a diverse sound with a pure whisper-thin thread of exquisite blues magic binding all the tracks together in an honest exposure of Blues Engine’s creativity.
Another exciting discovery recently landed in our Inbox. An Austrian band called The Rynhrd Boegl Group, fronted by harpman Reynhard Boegl (www.boegl.com). Their first studio album release, entitled “Illustrated,” is filled cover to cover with rough and dirty blues, powered by hard hitting rock riffs supported by a driving bass and an unrelenting beat the drums provide. Finally what makes it all breathe is Boegl’s harp. Gritty, rough around the edges… sometimes straight up in your face. This is the way this author likes her blues.
The edgy guitar sound is provided courtesy of Fritz Glatzl, a veteran of performing on stage live with Bluespumpm. For the ever-ready and inexhaustible supply of rhythym, bassist Tom Siegl and drummer Andreas Szelegowitz step up to provide the firmament for the band’s sound to build upon.
“Illustrated” contains eleven tracks, all original songs mostly written by Boegl or Glatzl. You can tell it is all about the sound with this band, not about the players. The many voices of Boegl’s harp weaves its way throughout the tunes, sometimes solo, sometimes sparring with Glatzl’s guitar, and it is all delicious. You can purchase it through Amazon.com, Alessa Records and digitally through Google Play, iTunes, Bandcamp and cdbaby.
University of North Texas Press asked BluesMusicFan if we’d be interested in reviewing this book. When the opportunity was offered to the staff, I jumped at the chance, having been a fan for years of the great guitarist Lonnie Johnson.
If you are just a fan of Johnson, a student of blues or jazz history or perhaps interested in the history and development of the influence of guitar in modern music this is a “must-read” book.
Written by Dean Alger and published by the University of North Texas Press, this is an in-depth read of the life and influences of Lonnie Johnson from his birth in New Orleans to how his virtuosity with a guitar influenced just about everyone from Django Reinhardt to B.B. King.
The biography isn’t just about how Lonnie pioneered a style of play but also about his influence on civil rights. He was truly an ambassador for an America struggling for change.
This fascinating read also makes a bold claim that the blues didn’t start in the delta but in New Orleans as much as 20 years earlier than other books I’ve read on the subject. Whether you agree or disagree, it is not a major part of the book, but it is an explanation of the diverse power of music in a city that is known for music for a couple of hundred years. It also might possibly explain Johnson’s drive to bring out his stringed instrument into a lead role that before was left to horns and piano. Up until Johnson had developed his single note style, guitars were considered a rhythm instrument.
If you are a serious student of blues or jazz history or just looking to broaden your understanding of either, this is a fascinating read on the life of an incredible musician who forever changed how the world viewed the guitar. You can find this book on Amazon -Here- or on Barnes and Nobel -Here-
Lonnie Johnson Music and Civil Rights by Dean Alger. Published by University of North Texas Press. untpress.unt.edu