Amanda Fish Announces Album, Shares First Single
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by American Blues Scene Staff
1d ago
Kingdom, the third studio album by Amanda Fish, was written over a six year gap and is heavily influenced by the events of the pandemic, riots, and government corruption, seen through the eyes of a new parent and frontline healthcare worker. A journey of faith, redemption, and hope against a backdrop of chaos and upheaval, Kingdom returns time and again to its message of truth and love. Kingdom features a core group of musicians including Terry Midkiff, Dom Knott, Dylan Farrell, Glen James, and Paul Niehaus IV, along with friends Mama Moo, Billie Baumann, Bob Walther, the audience of the Augus ..read more
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Sugaray Rayford Releases New Album With Accompanying Video for Title Track
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by American Blues Scene Staff
1d ago
Sugaray Rayford is thrilled to announce the release of his new album, Human Decency, out now on Forty Below Records! Human Decency’s message is a simple reminder that our similarities are more substantial than our differences, and in the end, there is no black or white or left or right; there are only hearts and minds. Rayford is a man with a message and a larger-than-life personality and voice to deliver it. At his core, a unifying force. His live shows are a party. Some conversations may be had, and some self-reflection may occur, but at the end of the day, people le ..read more
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Acoustic Hot Tuna Sets Out Touring Across the USA
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by American Blues Scene Staff
3d ago
With continual creativity and finesse Acoustic Hot Tuna sets out touring across the United States July, August and September. Masters in their field, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady’s joy in playing unfiltered riffs, swapping notes and smiles, has delighted them and thrilled their audiences for seven decades!  Hot Tuna has brought a wealth of emotions to their music through deep perceptions and tremendous talent. Members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Grammy recipients, they are always injecting fresh energy into their sound with constant improvisation taking their musical horizon ..read more
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In Tune With Eric B. Turner – Former Drifter Goes Solo With New Album
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by Bill Graham
3d ago
Eric B. Turner was the lead singer for five years for a little group known as The Drifters. He has also shared a stage with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, and Mariah Carey, to name just a few. He has appeared in the off-Broadway – soon to be on Broadway – production of Rock And Roll Man playing first Fats Domino and later Bo Diddley. He is highly regarded as an artist with boundless vocal ability and extremely entertaining on stage. Eric has released his debut album entitled It Ain’t Easy. What took him so long to go solo? “The last artist I did background vocals for was Mariah Car ..read more
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Listen: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Release Rendition of ‘When The Levee Breaks’
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by American Blues Scene Staff
5d ago
To celebrate the launch of their extensive summer tour, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss release their own rendition of “When The Levee Breaks” (Rounder Records). With the song having been a part of the country, blues and rock n roll canon for nearly a century, the duo’s smoldering take quickly became a climactic, ephemeral staple of their setlists over the past several years. Now, as more and more fans are getting to experience the fiddle-led, harmony-laden and dirge-like arrangement of a perennial favorite, Plant and Krauss are pleased to present their live version as a gift. “When The Levee B ..read more
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11 Guys Quartet Share Video for ‘Lonesome Hotel Blues’
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by American Blues Scene Staff
1w ago
Friends and bandmates since the 1970s, Bill “the Coach” Mather (bass), Paul Lenart (guitar), Chuck Purro (drums), and Richard Rosenblatt (harmonica) formed the 11th Hour Band and started playing the Boston music circuit in the early ‘80s. They released Hot Time In The City Tonight in 1985, the first album on the fledgling Tone-Cool Records imprint, and went on to play together off and on for the next few decades.  They all stayed busy with other pursuits, musical and otherwise, but their unique musical chemistry and friendship kept bringing the “11 Guys” back to their original quartet. 20 ..read more
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Dr. John Estate Commemorates Five Years and Four Acclaimed Albums
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by Lauren Leadingham
1w ago
Shortly after Dr. John’s untimely death, the late and great American Blues Scene editor JD Nash wrote in his tribute, “He was the consummate authority on all things New Orleans. Via his Big Easy upbringing, the good doctor brought a spicy taste of NOLA to wherever he performed. His style of music, use of local street language, and ever-present apparel decorations made him a one of a kind soul… The untrained ear may not have understood his words, but there was no denying his meaning was perfectly clear. He carved the English language like a surgeon, combining words with Cajun French and Crescen ..read more
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New Book Explores Buried Chicago Blues History
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by Lauren Leadingham
1w ago
In a book called Chicago Blues History: Preserving the Past, author and musician Brant Buckley takes us on a photographic grave tour honoring eighty of the greatest Chicago blues artists of all time. As he travels through fifteen cemeteries located in and around Chicago, he places flowers on their graves – each set color-coordinated based on the artist’s style. A brief description of the artist, their cause of death, and a list of their most notable songs are on the left page, with the flower-adorned grave on the right page. Photo courtesy of Brant Buckley Buckley’s ultimate goal with this boo ..read more
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Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore Dust off Demo First Recorded for Buddy Holly’s Parents
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by American Blues Scene Staff
1w ago
While Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Dave Alvin were making their second collaborative album TexiCali, Gilmore happened to dust off an old reel-to-reel tape he’d long forgotten about with a song entitled “Trying To Be Free.” Recorded in the mid-1960s while Gilmore was still playing coffee shops around Lubbock, TX, “Trying To Be Free” predates his hometown’s booming and underrated singer-songwriter scene by about a decade, but its story involves perhaps the city’s most famous musical export: Buddy Holly. After Buddy’s untimely death in 1959, his parents became something of musical patrons in Lubbock ..read more
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Blues on Broadbeach Director Mark Duckworth on How to Make a Festival Survive and Thrive
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by Chloe Richardson
1w ago
Music festivals are being canceled at a concerning rate worldwide. In the US over 10 major festivals have been canceled for 2024, a whopping 43 festivals in the UK have been called off this summer, and in Australia more than 20 festivals have called it quits since 2020. The cost of living has risen, and operational costs have skyrocketed. So, what does it take to keep a festival alive and thriving? American Blues Scene caught up with Blues on Broadbeach director Mark Duckworth to discuss just that. For 23 years Blues on Broadbeach has been an integral part of bringing tourism to Australia’s su ..read more
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