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Mr Downchild

From the glory days of British blues, a million miles away from the blues hack one finds these days populating many a pub. bluesbob hallChris YouldenKim Simmondssavoy brown

American Epic

Documentary debuting this evening on PBS — the trailer here. AMERICAN EPIC represents a ten-year odyssey by Allison McGourty, director Bernard MacMahon, musician Duke Erikson, and audio engineer Nicholas Bergh, that involved tracking down countless long forgotten musicians, restoring the music that they recorded and reassembling the technology that created it. Along the way they brought…

Royal Southern Brotherhood’s The Royal Gospel

Usually when the hyperbolic term “supergroup” is used that alone is enough to dissuade me from listening. This group so far, is an exception. At least on their latest album they offer a powerful and seamless emergent blend of funk, gospel and blues — it doesn’t get much better than this. bluesfunkgospelmusicnew orleansRoyal Southern Brotherhood

Dr. John’s Gumbo

Released 45 years ago. Original Rolling Stone review. It was partly Harold’s idea, a few years ago, for the former New Orleans session musician, Mac Rebennack, to assume the persona of a mysterious voodoo character Dr. John, and it was Harold who collected the musicians together to concoct the gris-gris sound. bluesDr. Johnfunkmac Rebennackmusicnew orleanspiano

Bayou Maharajah: James Booker Story

I’ve been anticipating seeing this for quite some time now and today was the day. The DVD packaging is superb and of course features a “who’s who” of the NOLA music scene. Two of my favorite clips include the 1973 Don Kirshner Rock Concert with Mac, the Harry Connick Sr. (and 12 y.o. Jr.) segments, and the Scott Billington segment featuring…