I developed my appreciation for the wailin’,squakin’ R n’ B type of sax by listening to Roomful of Blues. Their horn section turned me on. My tastes were later re-enforced by Bob Porter’s radio program “Portraits in Blue”. Porter used to highlight this type of sax player. Among them were Greg Piccolo, Doug “Mr. Low” […]
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The Hag’s Blues Merle Haggard I Am What I Am Vanguard/Hag Records In 1969 when I first heard “Okie From Muskogee” I was a little put off, but when Merle Haggard followed that with “The Fightin’ Side of Me” I purchased the live album of the same name. I have since remained a big Haggard fan […]
Tommy Castro & The Painkillers “The Devil You Know” Alligator Records Tommy Castro’s last four albums have all been nominated as Blues Album of the Year at the annual Blues Music Awards. Overall he has received twelve Blues Music Award nominations and won six ties; not a bad percentage. Castro’s first Alligator Records release, 2009’s […]
Please note: This reviewer did not received the Blu-ray and therefore cannot review it. I can only give information for it. The Blu-ray, according to the press release, contains “a new 5.1 Surround Sound mix of 461 Ocean Boulevard and original quadrophonic mixes of 461 Ocean Boulevard and There’s One In Every Crowd.” Also, the […]
It’s hard for some of those who remember the ’60s more or less to believe, but John Mayall is 80 years old. Yet he is still touring and recording. So it is appropriate that Eagle Rock Entertainment has released three of his most recent albums in a 3-CD package. These CDs are Stories from 2002, […]
The Bob Lanza Blues Band Til The Pain is Gone Self-produced Bob Lanza learned by apprenticing. Lanza spent four years as bandleader for Floyd Phillips and the Mudflaps where he learned to serve the blues. He has also played with James Cotton and Nashville’s Dave Perkins. The Bob Lanza Blues Band’s […]