May 28

ArchiveX – Hard Times

This video crossed our email inbox the other day. I really enjoyed ArchiveX‘ take on the Ray Charles classic “Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)”.

“Hard Times” is the debut single from California-based solo artist ArchiveX whose album “Some Ungodly Hour” will release July 29. In the meantime, enjoy this video.

ArchiveX performs “Hard Times” differently than Ray Charles. It’s slower, the phrasing more direct. The vocal is smooth but the production roughs it up just enough for a modern take on a familiar song. If you go back and listen to the Ray Charles 1961 classic after hearing this one, the disconnect between the lyrics and the song performance becomes immediately apparent. ArchiveX doesn’t let you get away with the sweetness and roses stuff here, nor does he become preachy. He delivers a vocal “story” befitting the subject of the lyrics.





Apr 21

Carlos Santana Announces Huge Las Vegas Residency


Carlos Santana is undoubtedly one of the world’s most revered musicians and is a veteran of 7 studio albums and has won a host of significant awards during his storied career. The 68-year-old Mexican American is renowned for his “iconic blues-based guitar lines” and has collaborated with a raft of global superstars.

His popularity has transcended generations, with Rolling Stone ranking him as the 20th best guitarist to have ever lived. He’s also still a big draw as a live entertainer, playing major venues across the world on a regular basis.

Just recently, Santana announced he would be extending his residency at Mandalay Bay’s, House of Blues. Santana will now perform shows during the months of May, September and November. He will play a total of 24 dates in Las Vegas in 2016, and if all goes well, he’s expected to announce further dates for next year, with the possibility of another residency on the cards.

Santana and Las Vegas go way back. Although, there seems no venue more fitting than the 2,000 capacity House of Blues to showcase the troubadour’s talents. As Las Vegas constantly embraces music from yesteryear, the House of Blues has been a successful facet of Mandalay’s overall business over the last decade. With online casinos now commanding huge revenues and impacting their land-based counterparts profits, Mandalay and its peers have had to rely on their in-house music venues to earn the casino resorts new revenue streams. As the number of gaming patrons has dropped off in Las Vegas, partly due to online operators offering 3D gaming experiences and pop culture themed titles with progressive jackpots, Mandalay and co. have ploughed money into making sure their live entertainment options are a focal point of their business, so that they don’t have to rely heavily on gaming revenues.

The fact that Santana has already extended his residency is testament to the aging musicians popularity in Sin City. Other artists that have held down residencies at the House of Blues include Britney Spears, Elton John, Shania Twain, Billy Idol, Celine Dion and Donny Osmond.

For all the latest news regarding the acclaimed Carlos Santana, check out his official website for listings, releases and merchandise announcements.

Apr 17

Karen Lovely Interview Airs 4/19

karen lovely interviewBluesMusicFan Radio DJ Cheyanne recently had the opportunity to chat with the talented blues artist KAREN LOVELY.

In this friendly interview you’ll learn who the Knuckleheads are, and about Karen’s most recent album Ten Miles of Bad Road, funny stories from the road and… “helpful” ghosts! Karen truly is a “lovely woman”… personable, friendly, open and you’ll love getting to know her as much as we have!

The Blues Interview will air on TUESDAY APRIL 19, 8 PM eastern with an encore on FRIDAY APRIL 22 at 2 PM eastern.

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