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]
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?
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 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
How do American sound technicians make a folk/blues guitar sound really pop? [more inside]
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]
What album is this? [more inside]
What is the best blues compilation album or box-set for an aspiring aficionado? [more inside]
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]
"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?
My band does a great cover of St. James Infirmary Blues. What else should we do that's in the same vein? [more inside]
What's the best sounding CD that contains music by the delta blues singer/guitarist Robert Johnson? [more inside]
What are the canonical "cocksman" blues performances? [more inside]
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]
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]
songfilter: I heard the fragment of a song years ago and it is a long shot. Hope me! [more inside]
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]
What old or traditional songs has Bob Dylan bogarted for his own use? [more inside]
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?
I've just discovered Kutiman on YouTube. Does anyone else come close to his mashup genius? [more inside]
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]
What are some blues songs with genuinely depressing, ruin your mood lyrics/vocals?
We're looking for dinner music for our wedding reception in a week! More behind the cut... [more inside]
Beginning guitarist here. Can someone tell me what key Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign" is in? The album version, please. [more inside]
Help me discover more of the blues music I love. [more inside]
Can you think of any other blues-rock songs with the same rhythmic pattern as Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" and ZZ Top's "La Grange"?
Should I dump my dreadnought for a resonator guitar? [more inside]
What are the best harmonica songs ever written/performed and where can I find them? [more inside]
What's the relationship between this recording of Leroy Carr I'm listening too, and the solo piano arrangement of "How Long, How Long Blues" that I'm looking at? [more inside]
What does "hoot your belly" mean? [more inside]
Where's a good place to go, preferably online, for pointers and/or reviews of good contemporary blues albums? Or, failing that, what are the best blues albums from the last 10 years or so? [more inside]
[SchoolOfRockFilter] I'm teaching an EFL class of four high school students in rural Taiwan. There's a reading on music history about early African-American musical idioms (blues, gospel, ragtime, early jazz). It's TERRIBLY dull reading, especially considering names like Duke Ellington and Ma Rainey mean absolutely nothing to them. To liven it up a bit, I'd like to make a mix CD with 5-6 songs, print up the lyrics, and teach them that. What songs would you suggest? [more inside]
BluesFilter: A couple of years ago, a friend and I were flipping past the blues channel on XM radio, and stumbled across the one of the funniest songs I've ever heard. I want to find a copy for my friend for a Christmas gift. Of course, I have no idea what the song actually is. Help me, O HiveMind! [more inside]
BluesFilter: What are the best blues songs of all time? [more inside]
Name that tune please :: PBS is great, and the songs in their promos are actually just as good. Currently running is a promo that ends with the words; "Be More ~ ThirteenHD" (this is PBS Thirteen's High-Def channel which they broadcast in NYC & possibly elsewhere?). The music which accompanies it is a piece that I'd classify as sort of a Blues/Rock/Jazz instrumental. My Question: Name that tune!?! [more inside]
In Bob Dylan's book Chronicles, Vol. 1 he describes an esoteric numerological scheme for playing guitar, saying most melodies are based on the number 2, but that he's taken it to the next level by choosing what to play based on the number 3. Can anyone explain what he is talking about? [more inside]
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