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“Back Porch Blues” . . . : The Videos of Justin Johnson

There’s something about acoustic blues guitar that can sooth the soul (at least mine) in ways that no other music can. My upbringing was about as far from the Mississippi Delta as you can get yet I can get lost

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“Charlie’s good tonight, ain’t he?” . . : Charlie Watts (1941 -2021)

There’s not much I can to say that really matters so I’ll leave it to these snapshots of a life well lived. From the Keith Richard’s memoir “Life” – Shot by Martin Scorsese in 2006 at New York’s Beacon Theater.A

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“Stuck Inside A Mobile” . . : The 1969 Memphis Country Blues Festival

The video below, courtesy of blues label Fat Possum Records is of the fourth (and last) Memphis Country Blues Festival. Taking place from June 6 through 8, 1969 in what was then known as the Overton Park Shell, the film

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“She Caught The Katy” . . . : Taj Mahal

I don’t know about you but I can use some music that puts a smile on my face. . . Most of the time when people think of the blues, they think sad music about suffering. Then there is Taj

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“Don’t Ask Me What I Think Of You”. . : Peter Green (1946 – 2020)

I always said that one of the advantages of being a bassist is that you can get to the opportunity to play and learn from some good guitarists (if you’re lucky). A great guitarist who I played with a great

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Midnight Blues . . . : Support Kenny Burrell

During the fifties and sixties, there were a trio of jazz guitarists who (to me at least) epitomized that zone between bebop and blues, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell. Kenny Burrell came from Detroit, a scene in the

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“Respect” . . . . : Aretha Franklin Receives The Pulitzer Prize

My previous post highlighted a classic performance from The Queen Of Soul,, Aretha Franklin in her prime. Yesterday it was announced that she was awarded a special citation Pulitzer Prize. The posthumous honor was given “for her indelible contribution to

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“We Are Not Worthy” . . . . : Aretha Franklin Live at Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland – June 12, 1971

Last week (March 25th to be exact) was what would have been the 76th birthday of Aretha Franklin. In honor of one of of the greatest vocalists this country has produced, we have the video below of an amazing performance

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New York Movie . . : The new album from The New Jazz Spasms

I am pleased to announce the release of the New York Movie, the fourth album from my virtual band, The New Jazz Spasms on SoundCloud. The album continues the explore the nexus of where The Allman Brothers meets Grant Green

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Ho, Ho, Ho . . . : A Funky Xmas To You

Something to listen to besides the usual Christmas Crap Stevie Wonder – What Christmas Means To Me (Tamla Records 1967) Electric Jungle – Funky Funky Christmas Albert King – Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa

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