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Rory Gallagher: Newly Released Material

I must have been asleep at the wheel to have missed this. (H/T Holger Petersen). This is the most insightful article I’ve across on this release. The word ‘Legend’ is so overused these days, especially in music. Artists who seem to have been around for five minutes are routinely tagged with the word. In truth there…

Robin Trower: The Tone Meister

The great tone meister Robin Trower is still laying it down. It was his Hendrix infused psychedelia that brought me to his Bridge of Sighs album in ’74 as it did for most others. bluesbridge of sighsguitarpsychedelic bluesRobin Trower


The maestro — born on this day. I pretty much have all of his back catalogue going back to the 50s. bluegrassbluesCajunClarence “Gatemouth” Browncountryfiddlefunk zydekoguitarJazzLouisianaSwingtexas

Chicago’s Musical Memory

On a recent visit to Chicago I didn’t get the sense that Chicago memorializes their native (or adoptive) musical sons very diligently. This article confirms this impression: worth following the links in this article. This recently released collection by Rhino commemorates Curtis Mayfield’s 50 years as a solo artist and this year marks 20 years since Mayfield’s…


Born on this day: the king of country-swing-blues-jazz. See The Guardian obit and AllMusic entry. It was good to see his longtime pianist Joe Krown on WWOZ yesterday. bluesClarence “Gatemouth” BrowncountryfiddleguitarJazzJoe KrownLouisianamusicSwing