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I am the blues

Sensitively directed (i.e. unobtrusively) and superbly edited documentary about the last generation of blues musicians playing the thoroughly diminished Chitlin’ Circuit — one of whom has sadly since passed on since this film was made. For me, the revelation of the film were the ladies — Barbara Lynn and  Carol Fran. Catch it if you can. Barbara LynnBilbo WalkerbluesBobby RushCarol…

Holger Peterson: ambassador of the blues

No-one knows more about the blues than Holger. No-one is as enthusiastic as Holger. He is such a pleasure to listen to unlike his CBC cohort — a lazy, irritating, name-dropping ex-member of a beat combo that merely trades on his name and is prima facie guilty of nepotism. (And his program runs on a thoroughly tenuous premise). bluesHolger Petersonmusicradio

Documenting Mississippi Delta Blues Musicians

The Huffington Post (H/T to CS). Big George BrockbluesCadillac John NolanJames “Super Chikan” JohnsonJames Son ThomasJimmy AndersonKing LloydLC UlmerLeo Bud WelchLou BoppMississippiMississippi DeltaMonroe JonesMr. Johnnie BillingtonmusicPat ThomasRL BoyceRobert “Bilbo” WalkerRufus RoachT Model FordTL Williams

Ghost Blues – The Story Of Rory Gallagher

In 1970 Hendrix was asked by a reporter, “So Jimi, what’s it like to be the best guitarist in the world?” Hendrix answered, “I don’t know. Ask Rory Gallagher.” I was invited into Rory’s Fulham apartment (I won’t explain the circumstances) but never actually met the great man. A gentle man of absolute artistic integrity.…

Robert Johnson: rare new photograph

This in the Guardian (h/t to Bart van Klink) Until now, there were only two verified photographs of Johnson (1911-1938), who remains the most inspirational musician produced by the Mississippi Delta and the man Eric Clapton once anointed as “the most important blues musician who ever lived”. This weekend a third, newly cleaned-up and authenticated image…

Rolling Stones @ 50

Two of the highlights: Satisfaction left off because of stringent O2 time constraints. Telegraph Review Right about now the Stones’ 50th anniversary shows in London should kick off. My man on the inside tells me that the set list so far: Set list so far : 1-Wanna be your man 2-Get of off my cloud…