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Name that blues song: fish and lipstick.

I heard a song on the CBC a couple weeks ago and can't seem to identify it. It was a female singer, singing a blues song. The opening line was something along the lines of: "You told me you went fishing, but I am doubtful, because I don't know any fish that wear lipstick." Any ideas?
posted by cacofonie on Jun 10, 2014 - 3 answers

Tangled web woven with roommates. Ideas to untangle?

I'm in the middle with a strange roommate/landlord situation. Any ideas on how I can gracefully get out of this unscathed, while making sure everyone is happy? [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Feb 6, 2014 - 15 answers

Looking for good Christian folk music...

So I'm looking for some good Christian folk, bluesy, or bluegrass music and have a few specific styles in mind... [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on Nov 8, 2013 - 23 answers

A guitar and a bottleneck. Amplifier optional.

There are a couple of scenes in the 1986 Walter Hill film Crossroads in which Eugene's character plays some really bluesy, laid-back, heavily-reverbed slide guitar. I really love this kind of blues guitar. Unaccompanied (by vocals or other instruments), haunting, chilled-out. Can you recommend similar performances? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Nov 7, 2013 - 12 answers

Blues my face off!

I'm looking for some really hard, heavy blues rock to listen to because an entire playlist made up only of Led Zeppelin, the Black Keys, and Jimi Hendrix gets kind of repetitive after a while. Can anyone recommend artists along the lines of those three? I'm really looking for stuff that is loud, in-your-face, sexy, maybe psychedelic, and HARD.
posted by capricorn on Nov 2, 2013 - 60 answers

Even Four Year-Old White Children Get the Blues

My four and a half year-old son has expressed an interest in blues music. Can you help me find enough great blues songs to fill a mixtape for him that are: a) electric; b) kinda rockin'; and c) not overly lyrically troublesome for a preschool-aged tyke? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 11, 2013 - 29 answers

Where in New York City can I take some parents to hear the Blues?

My friend's parents are going to be in town from June 14-17, and they want to see some Blues. Anyplace with Jazz is apparently a no-go; has be be Blues exclusively. [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first on Jun 11, 2013 - 2 answers

Songs by a world-weary cowboy/girl required...

I have recently discovered that I really love the kind of music that is heartfelt, lyrically strong, with a wistful and melancholic vibe. The type that conjures up images of a world-weary cowgirl/boy (cowperson?) passing on words of wisdom as the sun sets in the distance... and I am looking for more! [more inside]
posted by 0 answers on Mar 14, 2013 - 50 answers

Easy jams for keyboard and bass

I've played classical piano for years, but I'm just starting out with jazz and blues. A friends is learning bass guitar from scratch. Can anyone recommend some easy riffs or chord progressions we could play together?
posted by morninj on Feb 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Say babe, did you get that letter?

Ragtime blues - who else should I know? [more inside]
posted by timshel on Dec 16, 2012 - 6 answers

Twelve-bar blues minus the blues

I am looking for songs, or sections of songs, that use a twelve-bar blues structure without sounding bluesy. [more inside]
posted by danb on Nov 17, 2012 - 8 answers

with my double barrel shotgun and a whole box of shells we'll celebrate the fourth of july

Please suggest songs (mostly but not exclusively blues and americana) for a soundtrack to a story about two very bad people on a cross-country Bonnie & Clyde-style crime spree. Ideally the lyrics would be at least a little bit relevant, but that's less important than the tone. The best example I have so far is Holly Golightly's Devil Do. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Jul 16, 2012 - 44 answers

Properly compressed current jazz and blues?

What are your favorite current recordings with good dynamic range, preferably jazz and blues? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Apr 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Hardcore nap music.

Looking for some sleepy 1920's-1950's music. [more inside]
posted by Philipschall on Feb 11, 2012 - 18 answers

Blues Song

I am looking for a blues song about the dangers of a black man interacting with a white woman during the Jim Crow era. I thought it was an Otis Taylor song but I can't seem to find it in his catalog. I thought the song was called "White Woman."
posted by zzazazz on Dec 6, 2011 - 2 answers

Basic Blues Piano book

I am looking for a basic guide to blues piano. I've been playing for a number of years but would consider myself an advanced beginner. I'm looking for a book that will show me basic patterns in blues keys and very basic improvisation. Thanks
posted by captainscared on Nov 10, 2011 - 5 answers

Newborn baby hacks?

Is there any way to make the first few months after our baby is born special and meaningful and not just ruled by exhaustion? Any newborn baby hacks you can share? Bonus points for happy newborn stories. [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo on Sep 6, 2011 - 51 answers

American guitar

How do American sound technicians make a folk/blues guitar sound really pop? [more inside]
posted by Baldons on Jul 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Can You Help Me Identify This Blues Singer?

"Blues For A Rotten Afternoon" CD filter: can anyone tell me who is singing/playing on "If The Sea Was Whiskey" on this CD? The promo says "No matter what causes the pain, sometimes the only answer seems to be diving into a sea of drink, as Willie Dixon prepares to do in 'If the Sea Was Whiskey.'" Here's a link to a page with samples from all the tracks on this (great) CD. It doesn't sound like Willie Dixon to me, and the track listing says "Willie Dixon Tribute." Thanks!
posted by purplesludge on Jul 17, 2011 - 3 answers

Blues in Japan?

Why are the blues (the music genre) so popular in Japan? [more inside]
posted by andrewpcone on May 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Etta James sings...

20 years ago, at a concert in Toronto, Etta James sang a song that my partner fell in love with. To the best of her recollection it had the lyric, "why was was I born green, instead of blue -like everybody else?" I've googled around but can't narrow my results down to anything useful. Does anyone know what the title of this song might be and if there is a recording of it available?
posted by bonobothegreat on May 6, 2011 - 8 answers

What's good Cowboy Bebop-ish music?

Cowboy Bebop's [amazing] soundtrack was heavily inspired by American music. What should I be listening to? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Apr 12, 2011 - 13 answers

Talkin blues recommendations a la Corb Lund?

I've recently discovered Corb Lund. Turns out there's a name for the style of country I like called 'talkin' blues' (I also like his stripped-down sound). I despise 'new' country. Can anyone recommend other artists that have a similar style? (old obvious choices also welcome, I'm country-illiterate)
posted by imaswinger on Apr 7, 2011 - 26 answers

Looking for Guitar Teacher

Looking for recommendations for a guitar teacher in the Fairlawn, Ohio area. Older beginner student, interested in electric blues.
posted by Lone_Wolf on Dec 7, 2010 - 0 answers

I got the blues so bad.

What album is this? [more inside]
posted by Theta States on Nov 8, 2010 - 4 answers

improvising 101

I've finally managed to attend a jazz class. Our first homework is to search for the available melodic options over the chord changes of an F blues (ie over each chord). Could you provide me with an annotated roadmap ?
posted by nicolin on Sep 27, 2010 - 7 answers

Best blues compilation

What is the best blues compilation album or box-set for an aspiring aficionado? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Jul 26, 2010 - 11 answers

Strange Country Blues

Do you know where I can find other great, strange blues and vaudeville artists like Abner Jay (previously on the blue) and Peg Leg Sam Jackson? I like rich, old, authentic country blues like Blind Willie McTell and Mississippi John Hurt and John Lee Hooker (and you know what I mean), but am looking for stuff that is more . . . unique. Looking for either really interesting music (Abner Jay) or incredible stories (Peg Leg Sam) from that era/place. Both artists considered themselves part of the last great Southern black minstrel shows. Where can I find more stuff like that?
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates on Jul 25, 2010 - 14 answers

Make me an epic live music tour

I want to make the absolute most awesome live music trip across the United States next summer. I need your ideas of where to go. [more inside]
posted by Kippersoft on Jul 18, 2010 - 28 answers

Help me rock out with my c- ... uh help me rock.

Looking for suggestions on rough raw blues-based rock and roll. [more inside]
posted by komara on Jun 18, 2010 - 34 answers

Acoustic Slide Blues Guitar

Please recommend slide blues guitar artists to me, particularly modern ones. Love the sound, not sure where to get it. Solo guitar with no vocals is preferred, but by no means necessary. Acoustic strongly preferred.
posted by adamdschneider on Jun 11, 2010 - 16 answers

Blues on nylons

Is it worthwhile to learn blues on a classical guitar? [more inside]
posted by raheel on Mar 28, 2010 - 13 answers

What is this song about skillets and heartbreak?

"I know that you're a rounder, but are you a skillet stealing man?" I remember those lyrics and the blues-y female voice of the song; do you know what it is? [more inside]
posted by verbyournouns on Feb 3, 2010 - 3 answers

Blues Guitarist and Harmonica Player

A bunch of years ago, on Public Access TV in NYC, I saw some old live footage of an electric blues guitarist playing with singer/harmonica player. A couple of times, the guitarist would play a solo, and in the middle of it, the singer would stop him by placing his hands on the guitar strings. It was amazing. I was thinking that in might be Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, but I'm not sure. Does anyone know who it was and where I can see that footage again?
posted by chirico on Jan 26, 2010 - 2 answers

Excellent blues bars in Philadelphia

I'm looking for an excellent jazz/blues/blues-rock bar in Philly. Grizzled old guys on their guitars, grizzled old patrons, bad lighting, laid-back bartenders and a relaxed atmosphere with a little bit of room to sway if you're feeling it. If you've ever been to the Cat's Eye Pub in Baltimore, something like that. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Dec 16, 2009 - 5 answers

Others like St. James Infirmary?

My band does a great cover of St. James Infirmary Blues. What else should we do that's in the same vein? [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Nov 23, 2009 - 13 answers

Best sounding CD of Robert Johnson recordings ?

What's the best sounding CD that contains music by the delta blues singer/guitarist Robert Johnson? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Oct 8, 2009 - 4 answers

What are the canonical "cocksman" blues performances?

What are the canonical "cocksman" blues performances? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Sep 19, 2009 - 16 answers

Help me avoid having the Dallas club experience while I'm in Vancouver

Techno in Vancouver? Is there such a thing? If no techno, how about a really good blues bar? Help me find it before September 6. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Aug 28, 2009 - 8 answers

Help me play with my feet!

I play guitar with my hands and want to play beats with my feet. Can't figure out what kind of (digital) equipment I would need to accomplish this. [more inside]
posted by metajc on Aug 22, 2009 - 8 answers

Baby making music

songfilter: I heard the fragment of a song years ago and it is a long shot. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jul 17, 2009 - 7 answers

What are some books or educational DVD's for learning rock, blues and jazz piano and Hammond B-3 soloing and licks

What are some good books or educational DVD's, besides Jamie Abersol, for learning rock, blues and jazz piano and Hammond B-3 soloing and licks. [more inside]
posted by doppler68 on Jun 19, 2009 - 3 answers

BluesFilter: Help with a blues sub-genre

I had no idea there were so many different sub-genres of "blues" music. After doing a little research, I'm still confused at to what the style of blues I like is actually called. (More inside) [more inside]
posted by Gerard Sorme on Jun 18, 2009 - 16 answers

What songs did Bob Dylan steal from?

What old or traditional songs has Bob Dylan bogarted for his own use? [more inside]
posted by malapropist on May 22, 2009 - 26 answers

Hit me with your best blues artist and album recommendations.

Almost every type of music I love is inspired by blues. What are the quintessential blues artists and albums I should explore to really get a basic understanding of the genre?
posted by DrDreidel on May 19, 2009 - 33 answers

Song lyrics search--Humdrum Blues, unknown female singer

Heard a song at work on the Muzak, googled it, couldn't find it. It was a female singer, jazzy-sounding. I recall her mentioning the "humdrum blues." The lyric I wrote down was "work like a dog but I'm mighty poor." I googled "humdrum blues," but what I found was a different song, and googling the lyrics got me nothing.
posted by Slinga on Mar 29, 2009 - 6 answers

I've Got to Hear More of This!

I've just discovered Kutiman on YouTube. Does anyone else come close to his mashup genius? [more inside]
posted by konig on Mar 12, 2009 - 18 answers

Blues harp in modern classical music?

Are there any good examples of contemporary "classical"/art music featuring the diatonic blues harp? [more inside]
posted by No-sword on Feb 20, 2009 - 4 answers

Okay, so "muddy water" may be a stretch.

Ultimate Thanksgiving music set: Help me find as many food-referential jazz, blues, jump-blues, swing, and generally dance-y songs as possible. [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco on Nov 6, 2008 - 24 answers

where to sit in house of blues

Attention Dallasites: venue House of Blues. What is the best seat, and why, box or balcony? [more inside]
posted by busboy789 on Oct 15, 2008 - 1 answer

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