Blues

8:03am

Fri May 31, 2013
The Record

Five Musicians Who Make Borrowing Sound Original

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 10:35 am

Valerie June's first album, Pushin' Against A Stone, will be out in August.
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5:13am

Sat May 18, 2013
Music Interviews

Ana Popovic Shreds The Belgrade Blues

Originally published on Sun May 19, 2013 9:24 am

Ana Popovic's latest album is called Can You Stand the Heat.
Cheryl Gorski Courtesy of the artist

Ana Popovic's fiery technique on her Fender Telecaster has earned her an impressive nickname: "The Serbian Scorcher."

Popovic grew up playing the blues in Belgrade during the turbulent time of the fall of communism and the dissolution of Yugoslavia. Her furious fret work and singing brought her to the attention of blues fans, first in Europe and then the United States. She lives in Memphis today, and has just released her ninth album, Can You Stand the Heat.

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4:22pm

Fri May 17, 2013
Music Interviews

Bobby McFerrin: Spirituals As Sung Prayers

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 6:52 pm

Bobby McFerrin's new album is titled Spirityouall.
Carol Friedman Courtesy of the artist

Listen to Bobby McFerrin — onstage, warming up with his band — and it's like you're listening to an entire orchestra bubbling up through one man's body. He becomes a flute, a violin, a muted trumpet, a percussion instrument, a bird, you name it.

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3:30pm

Thu May 9, 2013
World Cafe

The Slide Brothers On World Cafe

The Slide Brothers.
Brad Gregory Courtesy of the artist

Calvin Cooke, Aubrey Ghent and brothers Darrick and Chuck Campbell are The Slide Brothers. The band's self-titled album debut album was produced by Robert Randolph, the spectacular young pedal-steel guitarist who became the first player from the Sacred Steel tradition to break out to a wider audience.

On this installment of World Café, the band plays three songs from its album and tells host David Dye about the difference between performing for the congregation at Church of the Living God and playing on club and concert stages.

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1:20pm

Fri May 3, 2013
Piano Jazz With Jon Weber

Robben Ford On Piano Jazz

Robben Ford.
George Wells Courtesy of the artist

Ace rock guitarist and vocalist Robben Ford joins host Jon Weber on this episode of Piano Jazz for a set of traditional blues tunes, gospel standards and originals.

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3:20pm

Tue April 30, 2013
Mountain Stage

Taj Mahal On Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 4:17 pm

Taj Mahal.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, a.k.a. Taj Mahal, started performing in his native New England, and developed his roots- and blues-influenced performance style after moving to California and playing in bands with Ry Cooder, among others. He often shared billing with '60s rock acts at the Fillmore West, and grew into a popular attraction at folk, blues and jazz venues around the world.

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3:45pm

Thu April 11, 2013
World Cafe

Buddy Miller And Jim Lauderdale On World Cafe

Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale.
Paul Moore Courtesy of the artist

Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale have contributed to roots music to an immeasurable degree throughout their careers. As songwriters and players, both solo and together, they've led bands, worked as sidemen and written great songs.

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4:58pm

Mon April 8, 2013
World Cafe

Next: Luella And The Sun

Luella and the Sun.
Courtesy of the artist

For our Sense of Place: Nashville week, we just had to showcase Luella and the Sun, which has made major fans out of Grimey's Records' Doyle Davis, other bands like Moon Taxi and NPR Music's Ann Powers.

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2:30pm

Tue April 2, 2013
World Cafe

Kail Baxley: Music From An Amateur Boxer Who Danced For James Brown

Kail Baxley.
Courtesy of the artist

When Kail Baxley was a kid growing up in Williston, S.C., James Brown used to challenge him to dance-offs. Baxley didn't win so much. He did better as an amateur boxer — his key to getting out of the small town and traveling to Europe and Africa.

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2:29pm

Fri March 29, 2013
Mountain Stage

Mose Allison On Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:19 pm

Mose Allison performing live at Mountain Stage.
Mountain Stage

Legendary pianist Mose Allison has appeared on Mountain Stage four times over the years — and this is his very first performance, recorded January 15, 1989. Born in Tippo, Miss. in 1927, Allison has always straddled the line between blues and jazz, never favoring one genre over the other.

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