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Flash Sale: Decatur BBQ, Blues, & Bluegrass Festival

In honor of John Lee Hooker, the famous bluesman and inspirational name of the Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass festival mascot, General Admission tickets are $10! Flash sale ends at 8:13pm on 6/21. Don’t miss this special offer!

Watch Bruce Springsteen Recruit 10-Year-Old for 'Blinded by the Light'

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band closed out the U.S. leg of their 'The River' tour at Brooklyn's Barclays Center Monday night with a three-and-a-half hour set that included covers of Prince's "Purple Rain," John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" and Jimmy Cliff's "Trapped." But it was a 10-year-old fan that provided...

C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Leather Nun

Sweden's Leather Nun covered the gamut of noise punk, goth, garage rock and industrial in their career. The cited John Lee Hooker, The Mothers of Invention, Lou Reed, Velvet Underground, Rory Gallagher and Mick Ronson as part of the major influences. All that considered I'm not too sure this song is about driving on Easter weekend. What are you listening to tonight?

A tale of two stars

(This post is reblogged from this one, posted on June 11, 2001.) The best live performance I’ve ever attended was John Lee Hooker playing St. Joseph’s AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church in Durham, North Carolina. It was around the turn of the 80s, and in those days I went to pretty much every interesting act that came through […]

Paul Abrahams -- Teaching the blues

10 months agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

A moment after writing the title of this article, up popped an image of John Lee Hooker smiling and shaking his head. "Nobody can teach you the blues. Blues is a feeling, something you have to live." I tried explaining that I'm a jazz piano teacher and that it's part of my job but the image faded. S... [ read more ]

What a shock! B.B. King wins 15th Grammy award

With all due respect to Elvin Bishop, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker Jr. and Pinetop Perkins, they never had a chance against B.B. King in the competition for best traditional blues album. The King of the Blues racked up his 15th Grammy award on Feb. Show More Summary

Rock Photographer Paul Natkin Talks 'Superstars' Exhibit: The Days Of Full Access, Judas Priest And Big Macs With Motörhead

We get all the backstage stories from the iconic rock photographer who has shot everyone from John Lee Hooker to Judas Priest, a collection now on display at the Ed Paschke Arts Center. [ more › ]

Watch Hozier Hit the Heartland and Explore 'Real America' in Tulsa

When Hozier was growing up on the east coast of Ireland, he saw the United States through the eyes of his heroes: bluesmen like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and John Lee Hooker. "As I listened more and more to the music that moved me, I gained more fascination with America," he...

Watch Malian Virtuoso Guitarist Vieux Farka Toure Play the Desert Blues

On his 1988 self-titled debut, Malian singer Ali Farka Touré introduced the world to desert blues, invoking John Lee Hooker comparisons with a finger-picked guitar style that captivated audiences from the Sahara to the United States. His son Vieux, born in 1981, soon followed his father into music, but at...

Henry's Swing Club has shaggy 70s charm in a sleek River North body

There's no Henry at Henry's Swing Club. The name comes from a 1947 John Lee Hooker song called "Boogie Chillen'" about a blues club in Detroit.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Review: Mike Osborn – In The Dog House

Mike Osborn – In The Dog House (Je Gagne MOB-CD-02) Not to be confused with the Michael Osborn who played guitar for John Lee Hooker’s Coast to Coast Blues Band back in the 80s, this Mike Osborn was born in Illinois but is also a California based guitarist, though with more of a blues-rock approach […]

Buddy Guy with Matt Andersen at The Space at Westbury

2 years agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Buddy Guy with Matt Andersen The Space at Westbury Westbury, NY November 18, 2014Buddy Guy is a national treasure. The blues titan is one of the last remaining links to the Chess Brothers, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Guitar Slim, Little Walter and Willie Dixon. Whether it is the Chi...

'Somethin' Strong fo' Our Money'

When John Lee Hooker speaks, you'd better listen -- even if you're the federal government.

Forgotify, the Last Frontier: “Grievin’ Blues”

YES. Give me that delicious old-school blues, courtesy of John Lee Hooker (1917-2001), who is immortal thanks to the music he wrote and performed.  John Lee Hooker is renowned enough that his presence on Forgotify is an unexpected, though a very pleasant, surprise. Show More Summary

Review: The Voodoo Sheiks – Borrowed & New

The Voodoo Sheiks - Borrowed & New (Self-release) There is plenty of up tempo R& B on this album, with a penchant for Dr Feelgood, ZZ Top and John Lee Hooker. The band are Slowburner Dave on guitar, harp and vocals, Adrian Thomas on guitar, Andy Pullin on bass and John Coombes on drums. The first […]

Music Video Of The Day: John Lee Hooker 'One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer'

One bourbon, one scotch and one beer sounds like the a perfect remedy to a long day of work followed by trudging home through the snow. [ more › ]

Review: Vieux Farka Toure – Mon Pays

Vieux Farka Toure - Mon Pays (Six Degrees) The late singer and guitarist Ali Farka Touré was a big John Lee Hooker fan and blended the ‘Boogie Man’s’ style with the traditional music of his own country, Mali, in West Africa – which has ancestral ties with the blues, though Ali’s music was certainly not “the […]

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