Author Archives: Mike

Johnny Burgin reconnects with West Coast friends on Johnny Burgin – Live

We’ve mentioned the name Johnny Burgin here a few times before, with Burgin having appeared as a guest guitarist on recent projects such as Tony Holiday’s Porch Sessions and the Howlin’ Wolf tribute album Howlin’ at Greaseland. While it’s been great to get a … Continue reading

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Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues pay homage to harp great Little Walter with Roots and Branches

There have been plenty of projects paying tribute to the music of legendary harmonica player and singer Little Walter (Walter Jacobs) over the years, but that didn’t stop modern-day harp master Billy Branch and his band The Sons of Blues from undertaking the task as well on their newest … Continue reading

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Admirers and friends such as Bob Margolin, Victor Wainwright, North Mississippi Allstars, and Amy Helm gather in tribute to late Sean Costello on Don’t Pass Me By

One of the biggest tragedies to hit the blues world over the last few decades — right up with the helicopter crash that killed Stevie Ray Vaughan, in our opinion — was the passing of another extremely talented young guitarist and singer named Sean Costello, who died of … Continue reading

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Hey, fellow travelers: make sure to catch the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band’s new album The Traveler

We here at The BluesPowR Blog certainly don’t mind either some good ballads or all-out rockers from time to time, but the tendency of some blues-rockers to stick with much the same tempo and sound across most of or an entire album, whether putting listeners … Continue reading

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Earwig Music relays important part of Chicago music history through Cadillac Baby’s Bea & Baby Records: The Definitive Collection

Chicago label Bea & Baby Records and its subsidiaries may never have achieved the same recognition as others like Chess, Alligator, Delmark and Vee-Jay, but listening to the new four-CD set Cadillac Baby’s Bea & Baby Records: The Definitive Collection … Continue reading

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If you can’t make it down to Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, bring the festival to you, via pay-per-view online or TV!

We’ve had the pleasure of attending and reporting back on three of Eric Clapton‘s four previous Crossroads Guitar Festivals: the inaugural festival in Dallas in 2004, its 2010 run in Chicago, and the most recent festival in 2013 at Madison Square Garden in … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh band The Commonheart overcomes Pressure of sophomore album with terrific new release

We don’t have as much of a chance to get out and see (or review albums from) local bands as we’d like, but here’s a Pittsburgh act that’s likely on the verge of a major breakout from the “local” scene, between … Continue reading

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Riding without the King, B.B. King Blues Band still captures The Soul of the King on new album, tour

It’s been four years now since “The King of the Blues” B.B. King moved on to the big blues gig in the sky and what some might consider the better world of which he frequently sang, but the band that backed him has … Continue reading

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Tune into the Weekend: Get your mojo working with this alternate version of Mother Mojo from Satan and Adam

If you haven’t yet watched the Satan & Adam documentary on Netflix or elsewhere, we highly recommend you make a point to do so when you have the chance. This isn’t, as its name might imply to the uninitiated, a film concerning the Garden of Eden, but it … Continue reading

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Break in the Chain

We might have taken a short break from our music podcast in June, but we’re back now with another smoking talk-free edition (our 50th episode!) for you, featuring music from Robben Ford and Shemekia Copeland, Selwyn Birchwood, Albert Castiglia, the Duke Robillard Band, AG Weinberger and … Continue reading

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