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Monday, April 28, 2008

Missing out on the blues

Just 11 pages into In Search of the Blues (Basic Books), author Marybeth Hamilton comes right out and attempts to shatter accepted visions of Mississippi Delta blues purity. She desperately wants to play the iconoclast. “In fact,” she begins, “the Delta blues was not born in the bars and dance halls of Mississippi. That Robert Johnson and Charley Patton came to dominate blues history owes more to elusive mediators and shapers of taste.
Friday, April 18, 2008

Hernando (Songs of The South)

The North Mississippi Allstars’ roots are deep in the Robert Johnson American blues catalog, as shown in the group’s 2000 debut, Shake Hands With Shorty. The band earned a formidable reputation for its live performances while touring in supporting roles and at festivals. They fit a niche between other blues rockers like the Black Keys and jammers like Dave Matthews Band. Tours also led to collaborations with artists such as R.L. Burnside, Robert Randolph and Medeski, Martin & Wood, so it’s not surprising that the band’s music has evolved and changed with each release. Their last album, 2005’s Electric Blue Watermelon, a collection of mostly upbeat tracks, earned them a Grammy nomination.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tonight @ Shank Hall 8pm

Southern-fried guitarist Eric Sardinas, a Californian rocker who professes a deep love of all things blues, from traditional Delta to amplified, Chicago electric blues, plays an 8 p.m. show at Shank Hall tonight. He’s appearing behind his just-released new album, Eric Sardinas and Big Motor, a cocky collection bound to win over Black Crowes fans.
Monday, Feb. 4, 2008

Tonight @ Potawatomi Bingo Casino - 8:00 PM

Perhaps the most popular modern accordionist outside of Weird Al Yankovich, Stanley Dural Jr. (better known to fans, of course, as Buckwheat Zydeco), continues to earn good will for his cheerful funk and blues records. Most recently . . .
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008

Getting Old: Live (Uvulittle Records)

Madison-based blues singer/guitarist Jim Schwall proves that getting old doesn’t mean getting soft around the edges. In fact, one-half of the revered Siegel- Schwall Band—and more recently, a member of Marques Bovre’s latest group, SoDangYang—bursts . . .
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008

Today @ Liquid Johnny's

If you like your blues music as unfiltered as a strong, menthol cigarette, then chances are Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys will be right up your alley.
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2007

Robert Cray's concerts spotlight his band

Fans who have seen the current edition of the Robert Cray Band know that one of the real attractions is listening to how the four band members play together, support each individual instrument and serve each song.
Monday, Dec. 31, 2007

Tonight @ Potawatomi Bingo's Northern Lights Theater - Midnight

Robert Cray, one of the true greats of modern blues, vexed purists in the '80s by smuggling traces of pop and soul music into his records, but Cray ultimately won over most critics with his adroit songwriting and emotive guitar work.

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