Blues

4:01pm

Fri July 26, 2013
Mountain Stage

Johnnyswim On Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:34 pm

Johnnysmith perform on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Based in Nashville via Los Angeles, the husband and wife duo of Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez have been performing together for nearly a decade as Johnnyswim. Now they make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown.

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3:38pm

Mon July 22, 2013
Mountain Stage

Sonny Landreth On Mountain Stage

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 3:29 pm

Sonny Landreth performs on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Sonny Landreth makes his eighth appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Widely regarded as one of the greatest electric slide guitarists of all time, Landreth has been featured at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival every year since its inception.

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3:32pm

Tue July 9, 2013
The Mix

The Mix: Songs Inspired By The Civil Rights Movement

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 12:46 pm

The Freedom Singers make several appearances in our mix of songs inspired by the civil rights movement — a collection that ranges from 1963 to the present day.
Joe Alper

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7:40am

Sun June 30, 2013
Music News

Taj Mahal: Still Cooking Up 'Heirloom Music' His Own Way

Originally published on Sun June 30, 2013 12:46 pm

Taj Mahal is credited with helping popularize American blues over the course of his five-decade career.
Jay Blakesberg Courtesy of the artist

Taj Mahal has a degree in animal husbandry and agronomy, and planned to be a farmer. Music was just something he did.

"No matter what went down, music was always going to be a part of my life," the guitarist and singer says. "What ultimately happened is that, over a period of time, I just kind of looked around and when like, 'Wow! I'm actually making a living doing this.'"

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5:40pm

Mon June 24, 2013
The Record

Remembering The Multidimensional Music Of Bobby 'Blue' Bland

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 6:10 pm

Bobby "Blue" Bland performs on stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, in 1989.
David Redfern Redferns

10:32am

Mon June 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Bobby 'Blue' Bland, The 'Sinatra Of The Blues,' Dies

Bobby "Blue" Bland at the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Rick Diamond Getty Images

Bobby "Blue" Bland, the "Sinatra of the blues" who sang such classics as "Turn On Your Love Light" and "Further On Up The Road," has died. He was 83.

According to The Associated Press: "Rodd Bland said his father died due to complications from an ongoing illness at his Memphis, Tenn., home. He was surrounded by relatives."

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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.
Courtesy of the artist

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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