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Apr 04

Lonnie Johnson – Music and Civil Rights By Dean Alger – University of North Texas Press

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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-

 

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Lonnie Johnson Music and Civil Rights by  Dean Alger. Published by University of North Texas Press. untpress.unt.edu

Mar 22

Get Your Fresh Blues Here!

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to sit down and listen carefully to a few albums for the purposes of reviewing them on the blog here… so much of my time is taken up with BluesMusicFan.com Radio. While we can’t review every album that lands in our inbox – I found a had something to say about a few of them. Here are my most recent choices… I hope you enjoy them, I know I did.

 

Retro Fresh Rock & Roll

HUNTER & THE DIRTY JACKS
Mixed Company & The Midnight Hokum

Independent, 2015
http://www.hunterandthedirtyjacks.com/rock/

hunterHunter & The Dirty Jacks has recently released their second album, recorded live, called Mixed Company & The Midnight Hokum. A great mix of blues rock and more traditional blues, anyone appreciating anything close to rock will find this band a pleasure to experience. I’m a great lover of fresh blues and of bands that move the genre forward while still respecting the roots. That’s what this band does – pays homage to the sound of the blues of the past and injecting it with fresh riffs and vocals.

With front man Hunter Ackerman and his spot-on lead vocals, Mixed Company & The Midnight Hokum is a great mix of all the Rock/Americana/Blues genres and contains 13 tracks. Some straight blues tunes such as Come On In My Kitchen, Back on Shaky Ground and Stormy Monday, with some rockin bluesy originals Bad Bad Bad, Salt Whiskey and Alexandria to call out a few solid tracks.

Give them a listen!

https://soundcloud.com/hunterandthedirtyjacks/come-on-in-my-kitchen

https://soundcloud.com/hunterandthedirtyjacks/alexandria

https://soundcloud.com/hunterandthedirtyjacks/salt-whiskey-2

If you’re lucky enough to live in Northern California, the Pacific Northwest or Southwestern Canada, you may be lucky enough to catch these guys live, as they are touring those regions throughout the month and beyond.

 

 

Fast Rising Star

J.D. McPHERSON
Let The Good Times Roll

Rounder Records, 2015

jdmcpherson.com

Give one listen to JD McPherson’s album Let The Good Times Roll and you will know that this is one hella good of a body of work. Rock with solid roots in rocknroll, blues, and Americana, this album will appeal to many blues music fans.

McPherson’s vibe is great. RocknRoll retro with an edgy modern beat, exhibited most recently on the David Letterman Show (March 2015). The album is chock full of enough reminders of great rocknroll tunes and artists, you’ll hear shades of Tutti Frutti or Jerry Lee Lewis… but that’s all you get, is just a pleasant reminder… the rest is all fresh vocals and treatment by McPherson.

Sample tracks:

 

 

Seasoned Pros

RYK MEAD & THE LONDON BLUES MACHINE
Chicago

Independent, 2015

http://www.thelondonbluesmachine.co.uk/

 

I enjoyed the album “Chicago” by Ryk Mead and the London Blues Machine. This band of solid, seasoned professionals put out an album of blues originals recently. Not “sorta” blues sounding, not spanning genres, but a blues album. As the tunes cue up one by one, my head gently bobs up and down to the tunes, the solid backbeat, the blues riffs artfully fashioned in… these guys know their blues.

“You can hear the blues from every bar and place, make you feel so all alive, pick you up when you’re down…” (from the title track, “Chicago”)

The eleven-track album, while all blues, has some diversity in it. From the harder driving title “Chicago” to the latin jazz bluesy tune called “Blues Latino” to the smooth slow blues of “Everyday” – there is something for everyone on this album.

Jan 27

Blues Foundation’s Awards Voting Starts Today

I just received my ballot in my inbox today for the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Awards.  They’ve changed the voting system in that you can’t go back and change your votes as you could in the past.  I celebrate these awards as the Grammys have cut the blues category down to nothing now.  If anything, if you haven’t heard some of these artists or their works, here is a great list for you to work from and rectify that!

If you’re not yet a member of the Blues Foundation — consider joining! Only members can vote for the Blues Music Awards.

I’ll add my picks after I vote :)

– Jordan

 

36TH BLUES MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS
www.blues.org

ACOUSTIC ALBUM
Hard Luck Child: A Tribute to Skip James – Rory Block
Jericho Road – Eric Bibb
Jigsaw Heart – Eden Brent
Son & Moon: A Tribute to Son House – John Mooney
Timeless – John Hammond

ACOUSTIC ARTIST
Doug MacLeod
Eric Bibb
John Hammond
John Mooney
Rory Block

ALBUM
Can’t Even Do Wrong Right – Elvin Bishop
Living Tear To Tear – Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
Memphis Grease – John Németh
Refuse to Lose – Jarekus Singleton
Wrapped Up and Ready – The Mannish Boys

BB KING ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Bobby Rush
Elvin Bishop
John Németh
Rick Estrin
Sugaray Rayford

BEST BLUES BAND
Elvin Bishop Band
John Németh & the Bo-Keys
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
The Mannish Boys

BEST NEW ARTIST ALBUM
Chromaticism – Big Harp George
Don’t Call No Ambulance – Selwyn Birchwood
Heavy Water – Fo’ Reel
Making My Mark – Annika Chambers & the Houston All-Stars
One Heart Walkin’ – Austin Walkin’ Cane

CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBUM
Can’t Even Do Wrong Right – Elvin Bishop
Original – Janiva Magness
Refuse to Lose -Jarekus Singleton
Hornet’s Nest – Joe Louis Walker
BluesAmericana – Keb’ Mo’

CONTEMPORARY BLUES ARTIST (FEMALE)
Beth Hart
Bettye LaVette
Janiva Magness
Marcia Ball
Shemekia Copeland

CONTEMPORARY BLUES ARTIST (MALE)
Elvin Bishop
Gary Clark Jr.
Jarekus Singleton
Joe Bonamassa
Joe Louis Walker

INSTRUMENTALIST-BASS
Bob Stroger
Lisa Mann
Michael “Mudcat” Ward
Patrick Rynn
Willie J. Campbell

INSTRUMENTALIST-DRUMS
Jimi Bott
June Core
Kenny Smith
Tom Hambridge
Tony Braunagel

INSTRUMENTALIST-GUITAR
Anson Funderburgh
Joe Bonamassa
Johnny Winter
Kid Andersen
Ronnie Earl

INSTRUMENTALIST-HARMONICA
Charlie Musselwhite
Kim Wilson
Mark Hummel
Rick Estrin
Sugar Ray Norcia

INSTRUMENTALIST-HORN
Al Basile
Deanna Bogart
Jimmy Carpenter
Sax Gordon
Terry Hanck

KOKO TAYLOR AWARD
Alexis P Suter
Diunna Greenleaf
EG Kight
Ruthie Foster
Trudy Lynn

PINETOP PERKINS PIANO PLAYER
Barrelhouse Chuck
Bruce Katz
David Maxwell
Eden Brent
Marcia Ball

ROCK BLUES ALBUM
Step Back – Johnny Winter
Goin’ Home – Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Time Ain’t Free – Nick Moss Band
heartsoulblood – Royal Southern Brotherhood
The Blues Came Callin’ – Walter Trout

SONG
“Another Murder in New Orleans” written by Carl Gustafson & Donald Markowitz, performed by Bobby Rush and Dr. John with Blinddog Smokin’
“Bad Luck Is My Name” written and performed by John Németh
“Can’t Even Do Wrong Right” written and performed by Elvin Bishop
“Let Me Breathe” written by Janiva Magness & Dave Darling, performed by Janiva Magness
“Things Could Be Worse” written by Ray Norcia, performed by Sugar Ray & the Bluetones

SOUL BLUES ALBUM
Blues for My Father – Vaneese Thomas
Decisions – Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin’
In My Soul – The Robert Cray Band
Memphis Grease – John Németh
Soul Brothers – Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls

SOUL BLUES FEMALE ARTIST
Candi Staton
Missy Andersen
Sharon Jones
Sista Monica
Vaneese Thomas

SOUL BLUES MALE ARTIST
Bobby Rush
Curtis Salgado
John Németh
Johnny Rawls
Otis Clay

TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM
Common Ground: Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy – Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin
For Pops (A Tribute to Muddy Waters) – Mud Morganfield & Kim Wilson
Livin’ it Up – Andy T-Nick Nixon Band
Living Tear To Tear – Sugar Ray & the Bluetones
The Hustle is Really On – Mark Hummel
Wrapped Up and Ready – The Mannish Boys

TRADITIONAL BLUES ARTIST (MALE)
Billy Boy Arnold
John Primer
Lurrie Bell
Sugar Ray Norcia
Sugaray Rayford

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