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In The Beginning....Skip James!

last weekMusic / Blues : Blue Power

After several months of deliberation, BluePower has come to the conclusion that it would be beneficial to develop a series which exposed the many fine artists who added so much to the rich heritage of the American folk tradition called...Show More Summary

BluePower CD Review....Viva Muddy Waters....Blues Etilicos!

last weekMusic / Blues : Blue Power

Here at BluePower, we are constantly searching for product that will stir the hearts of our listeners. A couple of weeks ago, a CD came in the mail that made me sit up and take notice. The CD is titled, "Viva Muddy Waters", and is completely...Show More Summary

Muddy Waters: Remembering Fathers and Sons on Blues Legends Birthday

According to Muddy Waters gravestone, today would have been the blues masters’ 100th... Read the whole entry... »         Comments Fantastic post. I have an old Chess Records vinyl set of a... by Ryan Lenhart Thanks, Barbara I'm actually playing a gig this week where I'm... Show More Summary

The Lewsh Project: CD Review & Giveaway

8 months agoMusic / Blues : The Blues Blogger

Playing and collaborating with Lewsh & Sandy on this project has been a truly inspiring... Read the whole entry... »         Comments Hi Susan, I'm glad you liked the tunes. Thanks so much for... by The Blues Blogger Smooth and sweet. Show More Summary

Joe Bonamassa Live in Las Vegas: Palms Pearl Theater – Concert Review

8 months agoMusic / Blues : The Blues Blogger

        Comments Ive seen Joe three times and each time he was more passionate,... by My wife and I just saw Joe for the first time last Friday at... by Paul Phelps Joe Bonamassa. “Wow”s indeed – what a superb musician. I... Show More Summary

Sam Hutchins - Dang Me (AGP 106)

8 months agoMusic / Blues : The B Side

Dang Me A lot has been said over the past few years about the 'deep melancholy' of Chips Moman and his 827 Thomas Street Band. As the guys who seemed to cut Dark End of The Street and Everyday I Have To Cry Some on everybody who walked in the door, I suppose that's true to a certain extent, but there is another side (literally) to the story... Show More Summary


10 months agoMusic / Blues : Home of the Groove

No big theme this time. School’s out. Summer’s in. So, whether ensconced in air-conditioned confines escaping the steamy, tropical heat, or out late at night seeking a cool breeze off the bayou that might sneak through the foliage, ‘tis yet another season to get loose and groove. Show More Summary

Piano Slim

We had a couple of MP3s sent through to the site email address. Piano Slim – Worried Life Blues For an upcoming release I hear. Listen here

Tracking The Big Q Factor, Pt 5.2: More Sansu/Sea-Saint Sessions

It’s time to get back to the Big Q thread. My prior entry last November ( Part 5.1 ) in this sporadic series on the career of producer/arranger Wardell Quezergue discussed his transition back to working in New Orleans around 1973, following a two year association with Malaco Studios in Jackson, MS. Show More Summary

TRACKING THE BIG Q FACTOR, Part 5.1: New Arrangements

Hard to believe it’s been over a year since I last posted an installment in this series on the studio work of producer and arranger Wardell ‘Big Q’ Quezergue. It’s time to get back to it. For anybody still reading these meandering digressions,...Show More Summary

Jackie Lomax, An Honorable Man!

2 years agoMusic / Blues : Blue Power

It was late in 1975 that I found a gentleman waiting in the lobby of my small studio in Hollywood, California. The man was of English decent and said he understood that I was also British. After a cup of coffee, he discussed his reason...Show More Summary


My research for this post got started when I added a genuine rarity to the HOTG archives in the last year or so. It’s a one-sided promo 45 by the New Orleans group, Blackmale - erroneously shown as “Blackmail” on the record, released on the Moneytown label. Show More Summary

Willie Dixon: I Am The Blues

... Read the whole entry... »         Comments when I was 16 I loaned my fender rhodes to the willie dixon... by toby Not that I'm trying to stomp on the man's memory or his... by Lyle Beaugard My education continues. I had heard of Willie Dixon, seen his... Show More Summary

The Lewsh Project: CD Review & Giveaway

Playing and collaborating with Lewsh & Sandy on this project has been a truly inspiring musical... Read the whole entry... »         Related Stories The Lewsh Project: CD Review & Giveaway - Enclosure Shakura S’Aida: Time… CD Review Joe Bonamassa Live in Las Vegas: Palms Pearl Theater – Concert Review  

IRMA & SWAMP DOGG: The Canyon Sessions

Back in March, out of the blue, David Marchese from SPIN sent me this link to his impressive feature on Jerry ‘Swamp Dogg’ Williams, Jr., a truly independent and amazingingly prolific R&B artist, writer, producer, publisher, label-owner, and walking definition of “gonzo”. Show More Summary

Who The Hell Is Uncle Tom?

2 years agoMusic / Blues : Blue Power

My name is John Rhys. I retired from business in 2007 and was immediately bored stiff. I now had quite a bit of reasonably free time so I contacted my old friend, Eddie Ponder to see if he would like to get together and play some music. Show More Summary

Saving Detroit; One T-Shirt At A Time!

2 years agoMusic / Blues : Blue Power

About a month ago, my wife and I were invited to Detroit. When we arrived at the Detroit airport, we were picked up by a young man who told us he was a musician and entrepreneur. This young man went out of his way to make sure we had everything we needed and then gave us his phone number and said to call should the occasion rise. Show More Summary

The Tams - Shelter (ABC 10385)

3 years agoMusic / Blues : The B Side

Shelter I'm not sure if you noticed this but, after the post I put up about Joe South, good ol' Larry Grogan left this in the comments; "I had no idea, until I clicked on your link, that South had written 'Shelter', one of my fave Tams...Show More Summary

Al Franken And Tom Davis....An American Adventure!

3 years agoMusic / Blues : Blue Power

In 1974, two young men came into my studio in Hollywood and seriously made me laugh. Their take on politics, women's liberation, vegetarians and gun owners had us all on the floor. That day we became good friends and decided to pursue a record deal. Show More Summary

Ike Turner Tells It Like It Was!

3 years agoMusic / Blues : Blue Power

This time IKE pulls no punches. He speaks about the record companies of the fifties and sixties and their ways of doing business. He talks about JERRY WEXLER and AHMET ERTEGUN at ATLANTIC. PHIL and LEONARD CHESS of CHESS RECORDS. The BIHARI BROTHERS at MODERN and SID NATHAN from KING RECORDS. Show More Summary

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