Help me dress up like a Crossroads (as in, Blues musician Robert Johnson selling his soul to Satan at a crossroads).... [more inside]
What search term would I use to get these three songs and others like them? Ballad of a Prodigal Son by Lincoln Durham (esp. that guitar part at 1:50); Ain't No Rest For The Wicked by Cage the Elephant; Lost in a Crowd by Fantastic Negrito [more inside]
I don't know anything about jazz. But what I do know is that I love jazz that feels like it's straight out of a 1940s detective film. Melancholic, moody, slow. Mostly made up of saxophone, piano, and upright bass. Suggestions? [more inside]
I play the bass. Haven't played much Blues music. For the purpose of study and emulation I am looking for Blues recordings where the bass playing is masterful . Somewhat surprisingly, I haven't found any discographies online. Recordings where the bass is fulfilling its modest background duties, as dictated by the genre, in exemplary fashion. (Sheer Blues only, please, for this purpose. Not Rock.)
There's a voice stuck in my head. It's a male singer, blues and folk, about the same timbre as Leonard Cohen but smoother, with a mournful sound and very slight rasp on the higher notes. Who is he? [more inside]
So this last year has been quite tough. And I find that often in the evenings all I want to do is sit at a computer and consume news/videos/blogs. Well, that's not quite true. Actually I'd rather be creating. But I can't find the energy to lift myself up and turn from consumer to creator. I'm just too tired. [more inside]
I'm thinking of heading to New Orleans at Christmas. Nuts? [more inside]
Who said this: "A friend is better than a dollar. Cuz if you have a dollar, but ain't got a friend, then the money won't spend." [more inside]
Looking for suggestions for lesser played, less appreciated, or less known soul and blues tracks from the 50s, 60s, and early 70s to create a playlist that is both danceable but also fresh and unpredictable. Bonus points for links to YouTube clips or Amazon/iTunes samples...
The melody of the song Glory, Glory (Lay My Burden Down) is found in a lot of blues songs. Is there a name for this blues/gospel progression/style? [more inside]
I heard this song twice on college radio in the early 1990's, and I haven't heard it since. It sounds like mid-tempo jazz, but with an experimental twist... [more inside]
So I was lucky enough to see Ray Charles before he died at the Hollywood Bowl. And Sarah Vaughn at the Blue Note in the 80's. And Ella at Radio City around the same time. But I never got to see Sinatra. Or Sammy. Or Nina Simone. Largely because I couldn't afford it. So now it occurs to me I can. And Southwest tickets aren't that expensive if I want to go anywhere in the US. So who should I see among the greats - who are still out there playing - before it's too late?
I heard a song this morning as I pulled into my work and didn't hear the end of it as I was running a bit late and figured I could Google it later. Well, that didn't work, so now I'm asking you guys. [more inside]
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?
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]
So I'm looking for some good Christian folk, bluesy, or bluegrass music and have a few specific styles in mind... [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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?
Ragtime blues - who else should I know? [more inside]
I am looking for songs, or sections of songs, that use a twelve-bar blues structure without sounding bluesy. [more inside]
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]
What are your favorite current recordings with good dynamic range, preferably jazz and blues? [more inside]
Looking for some sleepy 1920's-1950's music. [more inside]
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."
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
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]
How do American sound technicians make a folk/blues guitar sound really pop? [more inside]
"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!
Why are the blues (the music genre) so popular in Japan? [more inside]
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?
Cowboy Bebop's [amazing] soundtrack was heavily inspired by American music. What should I be listening to? [more inside]
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)
Looking for recommendations for a guitar teacher in the Fairlawn, Ohio area. Older beginner student, interested in electric blues.
What album is this? [more inside]
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 ?
What is the best blues compilation album or box-set for an aspiring aficionado? [more inside]
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?
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]
Looking for suggestions on rough raw blues-based rock and roll. [more inside]
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.
Is it worthwhile to learn blues on a classical guitar? [more inside]
"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]
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?
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]
My band does a great cover of St. James Infirmary Blues. What else should we do that's in the same vein? [more inside]