Piedmont folk-blues: Ernest Troost, Cephas & Wiggins, & Etta Baker
I recently heard folk-blues singer-songwriter Ernest Troost’s new album “O Love” and loved it. I found myself drawn into the world of old screen doors and broken hearts being mended through the only thing that can heal, love. The only song from the album on YouTube is “Close” but please check out this album. The… Continue reading
Back to basics: The blues with Ali Farka Touré
“The blues tells a story. Every line of the blues has a meaning.” ~John Lee Hooker Ali Farka Touré was born near Timbuktu in Mali, West Africa in 1939. He’s known for his electric guitar style which was his own unique blend of Malian folk styles and American blues. He had a hypnotic droning style… Continue reading
Can’t get enough of Texas…part 2 (blues)
I’m back to finish my love letter to Texas by recognizing the Lone Star State’s contribution to the blues. I love the blues and you know that if you read my post on slide guitar. Some of the blues legends to emerge from deep in the heart of Texas: Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie Johnson,… Continue reading
is a blog exploring the resiliency of the human spirit thru community, culture & expression (oh & damn good music…).
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- Multi-instrumentalist and Grammy-winning songwriter Dom Flemons illuminates hidden American history in his music.
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- James Booker: Producer Scott Billington on the enigmatic “Bayou Maharaja” (Part 2)
- James Booker: Producer Scott Billington on the enigmatic “Bayou Maharaja” (Part 1)