Blues

5:18pm

Sun February 16, 2014
Music Interviews

John Hammond: The Time Tom Waits Wrote Me A Song On The Spot

Originally published on Sun February 23, 2014 11:49 am

Blues artist John Hammond is celebrating more than 50 years of recording with a live album called Timeless.
Marla Silver Courtesy of the artist

Coming up through the Greenwich Village folk scene, John Hammond collected the work of some of the greatest blues artists of all time. On his latest album, that music is presented as bare-bones and honestly as possible: just him, his guitar, his harmonica and a deeply appreciative audience.

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8:01am

Sun January 5, 2014
Music Interviews

A Debut Album At 81 Years Old

Originally published on Sun January 5, 2014 11:13 am

Leo Welch's debut album is called Saboulga Voices.
Courtesy of the artist

The new year is a time of new beginnings, new resolutions, new projects and new directions. So it's a perfectly appropriate time of year for Leo Welch, at the age of 81, to put out his very first album.

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5:33am

Sat November 2, 2013
The Record

Paramount Records: The Label Inadvertently Crucial To The Blues

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 4:31 pm

King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band in Chicago in 1923: Louis Armstrong is kneeling, from left to right behind him are Honore Dutrey, Baby Dodds, King Oliver, Lil Hardin, Bill Johnson and Johnny Dodds.
Frank Driggs Collection Getty Images

8:03am

Fri November 1, 2013
The Record

Holding Music History In Your Hands: Why Archives Matter

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 7:23 pm

Ma Rainey Georgia Jazz Band posing for a studio group shot in the mid-1920s, with Thomas A. Dorsey at the piano.
JP Jazz Archive Redferns

5:36pm

Wed October 30, 2013
World Cafe

Black Joe Lewis On World Cafe

Black Joe Lewis.
Keith Davis Young Courtesy of the artist

In this session, World Cafe welcomes back the Austin blues-funk band Black Joe Lewis, which recently released a new album called Electric Slave. It's a different animal than the group's first two albums, 2009's Tell 'Em What Your Name Is and 2011's Scandalous: It's fiercer, it's more rock-driven, and it moves away from the soul-revival sound of the earlier discs.

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12:13pm

Sun October 27, 2013
Ecstatic Voices

Accordions, Beer And God: Zydeco In Gran Texas

Originally published on Sun November 3, 2013 5:07 pm

After years of attending church dances, Step Rideau says he was moved to connect with his heritage on a deeper level.
Courtesy of the artist

5:19pm

Fri October 25, 2013
Mountain Stage

The Slide Brothers On Mountain Stage

The Slide Brothers performing live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Most people think of the steel guitar as an instrument associated with country music — from country rock and pop to alt-country. But there's another style of steel playing that dates back to African-American Pentecostal churches of the 1930s, when a handful of congregations began using steel guitars in place of organs.

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2:00pm

Thu October 17, 2013
World Cafe

Tedeschi Trucks Band On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 3:47 pm

Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Mark Seliger Courtesy of the artist

Two of the best roots rock musicians of their generation make an appearance on a special episode of World Cafe, which is hosted in NPR's Studio A at the organization's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Singer Susan Tedeschi and her husband, guitarist Derek Trucks, joined forces in 2010 and formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band.

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8:03am

Sat October 12, 2013
Tiny Desk Concerts

Valerie June: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 6:06 pm

Valerie June performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
NPR

Short of seeing her live and in person, this is the best way to encounter Valerie June's heartfelt sound. Her new album Pushin' Against a Stone is terrific, but when I first heard that voice unadorned, I was hooked. The same may happen to you.

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4:53pm

Fri October 4, 2013
World Cafe

Shuggie Otis On World Cafe

Shuggie Otis.
Courtesy of the artist

Blues and R&B musician Shuggie Otis is back with a new album for the first time in almost 40 years. For the reclusive Otis, the release of Wings of Love is major news. Its release is paired with his 1974 masterpiece Inspiration Information, which drew attention to Otis when it was first reissued by the Luaka Bop label in 2001.

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