Van Morrison will release his 37th studio album on Sept. 22 in conjunction with a handful of U.S. concert dates this fall, including two shows in Southern California. The Irish singer-songwriter pays homage to the profound effect American blues music had on forming his own musical vision on “Roll With the Punches,” a 15-track collection blending Morrison originals with songs associated with several of his musical heroes. Those include Sam Cooke, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Bo Diddley,
Joe Louis Walker is true blues. The man is always trying to get the word out about his favorite music. "Blues has never been promoted like pop music," said the guitar powerhouse, who with his band will play The Egg's outdoor stage Wednesday at noon in a free concert. Walker, who has released 25 albums since his 1986 "Cold is the Night" debut, said blues artists' competition includes rock big shots who decide to share their blues influences. Their big names attract big crowds.
The 2017 Blues Blast Music Awards nominees were announced recently. Our nominators were amazed at the number of artists and labels who submitted their recordings to the nominators. It was a record year for the number of submissions with a plethora of great Blues music recordings. A common complaint from the nominators this year was that the process of selecting the nominees was very difficult because of so many high quality releases. Many expressed frustration that after they
It's called the blues, but Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' are feeling nothing but joy. The two musicians have been writing and performing music a long time, but never together -- until now. Jeffrey Brown sits down with the two music legends to discuss their collaboration and the future of the blues. JEFFREY BROWN: The Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder, Colorado recently, at the start of a new tour by two musicians who’ve been doing this a long time, but never together. And while it’s
When Lance Lopez was a kid in Shreveport, Louisiana, his dad made sure that he became well versed in the work of the founding fathers of rock and roll. One-name-only-needed giants like Chuck, Fats, Elvis and Jerry Lee (well, maybe two names). But after the family moved to Dallas in early June 1990, the 12-year-old’s tastes and budding guitar noodling started veering toward the music of the English bands of the ’70s with foundations in blues rock and – most important – the mus