Category Archives: Songs

First listen: Shortnin’ Bread from Taj Mahal’s Labor of Love

With blues master Taj Mahal‘s new vinyl-only release Labor of Love (Acoustic Sounds) hitting stores next week, we thought you might enjoy a little taste of “Shortnin’ Bread” that pairs some plucky banjo from Mahal with crisp, whooping vocals and … Continue reading

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Back into the Snake Pit with Chicago blues guitarist Harvey Mandel

A while back, we gave you this update on the great Chicago blues guitarist Harvey “The Snake” Mandel, who you may recall has played with and alongside such greats as John Mayall, Canned Heat, the Rolling Stones, Howlin’ Wolf, Michael … Continue reading

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First listen: Dipping into Cheese Finger Brown’s Low-Down People

Here’s one to help ease you into the weekend, the gritty, hypnotic title track from Dutch bluesman Cheese Finger (C.F.) Brown‘s upcoming Low-Down People (Humu Records) album that very much lives up to the description of Brown’s sound promised in his … Continue reading

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There Must Be a Better World Somewhere

Regardless of which side you take on issues such as the U.S. presidential candidates, the shootings by and of police officers, and Brexit, we can all probably agree that the world has witnessed a truly sad state of affairs in recent … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth of July (Amerexit?)!

Here’s one to add to your blues playlist as you’re grilling, entertaining family or friends, or just kicking back and relaxing this Independence Day, a little gem from one-time Jelly Roll Kings singer and guitarist Big Jack Johnson compliments of … Continue reading

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Posthumous single from dual Blues Music Award winner Otis Clay: Mississippi Poor Boy

You may have seen in our last post that among the multiple award recipients at last week’s annual Blues Music Awards was the late soul-blues crooner Otis Clay, whose wins in the soul male artist and soul blues album (for his … Continue reading

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Listen up: Alabama soul/bluesman Sam Frazier Jr. begs Take Me Back on long-lost album

Recently, we told you about the latest album from real-life blues brother Benny Turner, which you may recall featured a restored version of a song Turner recorded with piano great Charles Brown just before Brown’s death and that had for … Continue reading

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Opening a world of Hurt: a first listen to the new EP from The Hurt Project

Last winter, we featured a song from NY-based blues band The Hurt Project on our BluesPowR Radio Hour, a smoky, “At Last”-sounding gem of a number entitled, appropriately enough, “Up in Smoke”. Today, we’re pleased to bring you another track from … Continue reading

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Once Lost in a Crowd, Fantastic Negrito now well on his way to being found

Here’s a tune we thought might help get your weekend off to the right kind of start, from a contemporary West Coast blues artist who goes by the name of Fantastic Negrito. Fans of NPR’s All Songs Considered might recognize … Continue reading

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Baby You Got It: new single from funky ol’ soulman Ironing Board Sam

Last fall, we told you about a 20th anniversary multimedia collection from the Music Maker Relief Foundation, a North Carolina-based non-profit record label focused on supporting struggling traditional southern musicians by providing everything from instruments to performing and recording opportunities … Continue reading

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