Squeeze My Lemon blog has a funny mash-up video this week that speaks for itself.
Blues Dal Mondo blog features a brief profile of British label Ruf Records’ latest addition, female singer Dani Wilde, who to my ears seems to mine the same turf as many of the latest crop of female guitarist/singers (for my money I’d prefer the work of Dona Oxford, which is grittier than what’s showcased in the video on this page). Nonetheless, it’s good to see blues video of young performers that doesn’t insist on cliched imagery:
An interesting overview of Bessie Smith’s significance in blues history, with an astounding video clip included this week at New Zealand blog, The Inquiring Mind. There’s a fair amount of music posts, with an emphasis on “classic” songs. Good to see that a blues icon made it into the catalog.
The Beale Street Music Festival has announced its 2008 lineup. Blues acts include 2008 Blues Music Award nominees Lurrie Bell, Bettye LaVette, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins with the Billy Gibson Band, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, Magic Slim & the Teardrops, Nick Moss & the Fliptops, Watermelon Slim, as well as Charlie Musselwhite, Keb’ Mo, Buddy Guy, Doyle Bramhall, Kenny Neal. A new stage has been added, the Blues Shack, which will feature Robert Belfour among others. Big-name blues-related acts include Santana, The Black Crowes. Complete information is available at the festival’s host-organization website, www.memphisinmay.org
The always-terrific Richard Marcus reviews the latest from our Chicago pal Eddy Clearwater on Blogcritics.com; Marcus has a very nice body of blues review work, and thankfully avoids the cliches we’ve all come to expect from blues music reviewers.
The Blue Shoe Times intereviews Jefferey and Michael Dyson, who produced the Grammy Award winning CD, “Last of the Great Mississippi Bluesmen Live in Dallas“. The CD includes performances by the still-spry Pinetop Perkins, as well as my old friend Honeyboy Edwards and the late Robert Junior Lockwood. They seem to have an interesting perspective, and one of which BluesWire approves, seeing these old bluesmen as a source of philosophical, not just musical, wisdom:
Since we didnâ€™t come from the music business, our attention was focused as much on them as people in addition to them being iconic musicians. What unfolded before our eyes was a compelling story that had not been told. They really appreciated what we were trying to do for kids and this unlocked a part of their lives that focused on life lessons rather than musical ones.
Blues down under is alive and well, as this review of the Australian West Coast Blues N Roots Festival shows. Included are reviews of Cat Power and John Fogerty as well as other lesser-known artists.
Maybe it’s just my blues-attuned ear, but more and more I’m hearing a blues revival buried in the depths of new music everywhere. Seems like I can’t go to an open mike these days without some skinny dude playing slide guitar and harmonica. Then I see this Pop Matters review from SXSW, which leads off with a what’s called a “blues-punk” band, Fatal Flying Guillotines (I would actually compare them to the Stooges, but what do I know?). It’s worth clicking over just to hear the raucous noise of this band, which admittedly has blues genes, but somewhere it cross-bred with glue-sniffing mutants. There are also reviews of a some other shows, including old Austin standby Joe Ely.
Just another sign that you can find blues all over the world: a report from Shanghai on a refurbished jazz and blues club, with a virtual tour of the remodeling.