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TBT – “Can’t Find My Way Home” As Good As It Ever Was

  TBT – “Can’t Find My Way Home” As Good As It Ever Was

A song this good has immense staying power and will continue to be reinvented for generations to come. That friends, is the mark of a truly great work of art.

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“Blues for Big Walter” CD Release & Benefit

  “Blues for Big Walter” CD Release & Benefit

The album is a non-profit project with the artists performing on the album having donated their time, and all proceeds from sales of the album going to the Blues Foundation and HART Fund.

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Carlos Showers Beaten – Guitar Stolen

  Carlos Showers Beaten – Guitar Stolen

The offenders that beat Showers took his gold PRS guitar, pictured here. Note that Showers normally carried this guitar in a Fender Custom Shop gig bag.

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TBT – Robert Jr. Lockwood is a “Steady Rollin’ Man”

Steady Rollin’ Man is absolutely priceless on so many levels. As a snapshot of consummate blues musicianship, it sets a high bar against which other performances can be judged, even now, today.

TBT- The Jimmy Dawkins Urban Masterpiece “Feel The Blues”

On “Feel the Blues,” Dawkins leaves no doubt as to his ability, and his sincerity.

TBT – B.B. King’s “Singin’ the Blues” Is Elegant as Ever

Perhaps the the most striking aspect of Singin’ the Blues is the humble, quiet elegance of King’s guitar lines. Simple, lyrical, joyful blues at its best …

TBT- Luther Allison’s Scorching “Bad News Is Coming”

Right out of the gate Allison hits us with an earth shattering rendition of “Little Red Rooster” that stops us in our tracks.

Muddy Waters’ “Hard Again” is an Album for the Ages

This album is a shot of pure blues love that will grab your heart, caress your soul, and warm your spirit to the floorboards.

TBT – “T-Bone Blues” Is Luxurious

Enjoy T-Bone Blues on a listening device near you, soon; preferably on vinyl, through headphones. This is an album that will come alive.

TBT – Is Lou Reed’s “Rock N Roll Animal” the Best Live Rock Album Ever Made?

Lou Reed participates in a performance that so absolutely leverages the talent and ability of all the players, there is literally nothing left for them to offer up when it’s over!

TBT – Johnny B. Moore Is All The Way “Live At Blue Chicago”

There is an almost Delta feel to the music, yet at the same time, the music is electric Chicago blues all the way. This album is such a pleasure to listen to.

TBT – Etta James’ Spectacular “Blues to the Bone”

“Blues to the Bone” breathes new life into these time honored songs, and then some!

TBT – “Royal Albert Hall London May 2-3-5-6, 2005″ Was Worth Waiting For

Another equally valid viewpoint is that the quality of these shows benefited greatly exactly because these musicians were older.

Buddy Guy Is “Born To Play Guitar”

Buddy Guy doesn’t know how to not give his best effort every time he shows up, as a person, and a musician. If he wasn’t always trying harder, he would be lost.

Magic Sam’s “Black Magic Deluxe Edition” Reveals So Much

Sam himself is relaxed and in fine form, without a care in the world because as he puts it, “I got nothing but expert musicians. I don’t have to worry about it.”

TBT – Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly” is an Inner City Manifesto

Here is a work that is as masterful as anything Shakespeare ever wrote, remaining as relevant today as when it was written.

TBT – Van Morrison’s “Moondance” Shines Brightly

Moondance deserves the reputation that has followed it all these many years. Visit this old friend through a set of quality headphones …

TBT – Robert Nighthawk “Bricks In My Pillow” Lifts You Up

The music on “Bricks In My Pillow,’ is some of the finest blues ever laid down on a disc. The quality of the playing by Nighthawk and company is sinfully good.

TBT – Homesick James’ Forgotten Masterpiece “Ain’t Sick No More”

“Ain’t Sick No More” is everything a blues album should be: moving, soul stirring, joyous, and exquisite in its execution.

TBT – T-Bone Walker Soars on “Fly Walker Airlines”

There is a reason that Walker is still setting the standard for guitarists today. Even here, later in his career, he still shines.

TBT – “Paul Butterfield’s Better Days” Is Lost Gem That Shines Brightly

“Paul Butterfield’s Better Days” grabs our attention effortlessly. Before we realize, we are enveloped by the music here as it cascades through us, leaving only warmth.

TBT – “Can’t Find My Way Home” As Good As It Ever Was

A song this good has immense staying power and will continue to be reinvented for generations to come. That friends, is the mark of a truly great work of art.

TBT – “Live In New York” Is Mississippi Fred McDowell’s Last Masterpiece

“I have a little opening piece. You know, I told you I play no rock ‘n’ roll, but it kinda sound like it.”

Eddie Taylor Jr.’s “Stop Breaking Down” Is Great Chicago Blues

As always, Taylor’s playing is impeccable; saucy in spots, soulful in other places, but always impressive in a humble, unassuming way. This is definitely an album to include in your collection.

TBT – A Treasure Trove of T-Bone Walker on “The Complete Imperial Recordings 1950-1954″

When we put this album on, we are quickly swept up in its beauty, elegance, and pure blues brilliance. The finesse and nimble fretboard work is simply breathtaking throughout.

TBT – Why We Celebrate Lead Belly

If anyone thinks his work is powerful when interpreted by Dylan, Nirvana, or The Animals, go back and experience his original recordings.

TBT – Willie Dixon’s “I Am the Blues” Is Blues Heaven

As we celebrate Willie Dixon and his accomplishments this year, experiencing “I Am the Blues” is yet one more way to pay homage to his immense talent, and his innate understanding of the blues.

Omar Coleman Arrives with “Born & Raised”

Coleman’s vocals are spot on, even playful at times, and his harp lends just right touch everywhere it joins this righteous party.

TBT – Muddy Waters’ “The Complete Plantation Recordings” is the Holy Grail

As a listening experience, these recordings will touch you deeply, and awaken your soul.

TBT – “Beggars Banquet” Launched the Second Coming of The Rolling Stones

From one song to the next and the next, all the way through, doesn’t allow us to come up for air, as though we are caught up in a whirlwind.

New HBO Drama “Vinyl” Explores Record Industry In the ’70s

“A ride through the sex- and drug-addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop …”

TBT – Jimmy Dawkins and His “Fast Fingers” Simmer

There is a reason this album has stood the test of time, and inspired so many great players. What greater gift could anyone possibly give to the blues?

TBT – “The Ragpicker’s Dream” Still Inspiring Players Today

In an instant, we are whisked away and enticed into the various settings painted for us with Knopfler’s storytelling.

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