Posts Tagged ‘blues’

The Ponderosa Stomp: America’s Roots Festival: Part I

The Ponderosa Stomp: America’s Roots Festival: Part I

Every music festival is unique. That being said, the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans is in a class by itself. Run in its entirety by the non-profit Ponderosa Stomp Foundation, and ensuring a quality-over-quantity approach by occurring only every-other year, the Stomp is equal parts music festival and historical society. It is dedicated to promoting […]

The Final Track: Saying Goodbye to Recording Engineer Bob Sullivan

The Final Track: Saying Goodbye to Recording Engineer Bob Sullivan

By Jon Black Bob Sullivan, legendary sound and recording engineer, passed away on Sunday in Tulsa. He was 88. His leaves a professional legacy of innumerable recordings, including a long string of number-one hits helping shape the sound of country, rock and blues. Sullivan is most celebrated as the sound engineer for the Louisiana Hayride […]

14 from ’14: Defining Moments From The Year in Music

14 from ’14: Defining Moments From The Year in Music

There is no such creature as a “typical” year in music. That having been said, 2014 was arguably more noteworthy than most. Forget digital downloading, streaming music services are the new trend not only driving the music industry but at least two items on this list. The year also witnessed a superstar make the choice […]

Steve Earle at The Crossroads: Veteran Musician to Release Blues Album

Steve Earle at The Crossroads: Veteran Musician to Release Blues Album

(photo: Ted Barron) Like a musical Colossus of Rhodes, Steve Earle bestrides American roots with one foot in country and another in folk. Roots music fans instantly recognize the sound of his work, from the hard-charging country-rock hit “Copperhead Road” to the politically-themed Americana of the Jerusalem album to his folk love letter to the […]

Golden Keys: Saying Goodbye to Bobby Keys, Legendary Saxman for Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly

Golden Keys: Saying Goodbye to Bobby Keys, Legendary Saxman for Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly

(photo: Sean Birmingham) In a career spanning more than half a century, Bobby Keys emerged as a master of the art of rock n’ roll saxophone (though the self-effacing artist always denied any such thing). His reckless yet smooth tenor sax work on The Rolling Stones “Brown Sugar” is one of the most instantly recognizable […]

12 Christmas Songs for Those Who Won’t Be Watching the CMA’s Christmas Special

12 Christmas Songs for Those Who Won’t Be Watching  the CMA’s Christmas Special

By Jon Black So, the CMA’s “Country Christmas” special is tonight – and you’re not excited. The reason doesn’t matter. Maybe you don’t cotton to sound of mainstream Nashville country. Perhaps you like your country old-school, outlaw or alt. It could be that, at heart, you’re a rockabilly, a roots-rocker, blues aficionado or a left-of-the-dial […]

John Lee Hooker: “Cook With The Hook” Live in 1974 DVD

John Lee Hooker: “Cook With The Hook” Live in 1974 DVD

“Nothin’ but the best and later for the rest.” So said John Lee Hooker on Saturday, July 6, 1974. The legendary Mississippi-Delta bluesman was one of the star attractions at an all-day festival attended by 6,000 people. The event in the town of Gardner, Massachusetts, was called “Down in the Dumps” perhaps the first in […]

Alabama Shakes – “Boys & Girls” – (ATO)

Alabama Shakes – “Boys & Girls” – (ATO)

“Retro Soul” was a label that got thrown around a lot after Alabama Shakes’ 2011 EP (of which all three songs are included in this album).  Listening to those songs, it’s understandable, but with Boys & Girls, the band makes it clear that while there are plenty of influences (blues, soul, etc.), it’s all filtered […]

SXSW: Alabama Shakes @ Stubb’s, 3-15-12

SXSW: Alabama Shakes @ Stubb’s, 3-15-12

ATF’s man in Austin, Jon Black, is hip deep in the SXSW fracas. But until his missives come rolling in, check out the audio for the Alabama Shakes’ rockin’ soul-shakin’ set at Stubb’s yesterday. Thank you, NPR. Thank you. While you’re listening you can read the story by NPR’s Stephen Thompson, who writes, “[Lead singer] […]

Scott H. Biram free Mp3s and Tour News

Scott H. Biram free Mp3s and Tour News

Scott H. Biram “The Dirty Old One Man Band” and high priest of the “First Church of the Ultimate Fanaticism” is back home in Texas from his Midwest tour. There will be little rest for the wicked, however, as Biram has a new album, Bad Ingredients, set for release on October 11, 2011 and a […]

Album Review: NRBQ – “Keep This Love Goin'” – (Clang!)

Album Review: NRBQ – “Keep This Love Goin'” – (Clang!)

Summer is here and NRBQ is back; that’s cause for celebration on both counts. Well known for unusual musical pairings and rollicking live shows, the band is better and looser than ever: Who else would adapt Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor” to a loping country song? That’s exactly what keyboardist/frontman Terry Adams […]

Review of Jas Patrick: Working On My Soul

Review of Jas Patrick: Working On My Soul

Jas Patrick is a recording artist that is quickly rising in popularity on the local (Nashville, TN) music scene. He is an extremely talented songwriter, vocalist, and musician. Patrick recently released a full length LP of eighteen songs on the Tiny Lion Music record label. Working on My Soul is a musically diverse album that […]

Keb Mo Releases New Single: “The Whole Enchilada”

Keb Mo Releases New Single: “The Whole Enchilada”

There’s no mistaking that cool, soulful voice and the bluesy, smooth R&B sound of Keb Mo. The song is the lead track on Keb’s first album in five years, The Reflection, due August 2nd on Yolabelle International/Ryko. The Reflection was written and recorded over a period of three years, that included his relocation from Los […]

Premier Video: “Flower” by Amos Lee

Premier Video: “Flower” by Amos Lee

“Flower” is the latest single from Amos Lee‘s critically acclaimed new album, Mission Bell, which we reviewed HERE back in February. We also covered his recent show in Atlanta, which you can read about HERE. The song is a beauty, and the video’s paper animation is worth seeing. Enjoy!