The best way to get rid of the blues is to play some good blues, and make it for the benefit of those in need. Many of the blues players in the Valley do just that. One example would be Bluesman Mike and the Blues Review Band, set to host the sixth annual Toy and Diaper Drive at the Rhythm Room Dec ... More >>
I've spent the past few weeks debating the merits of Vinyl (seven reasons) versus CD (five reasons) for those of us that still collect music (my final verdict is that both have great qualities, but CD is still better). It's been a fun little debate, but it doesn't really matter how you listen. I ... More >>
ZZ Top formed in 1969, a rough and tumble blues band forming amongst the gritty backdrop of Houston's oil greed and NASA's continuing space race. But it was the summer of 1974 in the community of Friendswood--a small town then, a thriving Houston suburb now--that my curiosity with ZZ Top began, when ... More >>
Singer, harmonica player, songwriter, and frontman -- Rick Estrin wears plenty of hats leading Rick Estrin & The Nightcats down the ever-bumpier blues road. Estrin, who inherited the Nightcats when former band namesake Little Charlie Baty retired in 2008 after 30 years and nine albums, has breathe ... More >>
Our sister blog, West Coast Sound, has caught a lot of shit lately for their disdain for neo-blues rockers The Black Keys. Just remember we're only critics, and opinions are just opinions. Nicholas Pell even offered up some alternative blues bands for you to dig. The problem is, as commenter AlexNic ... More >>
Remixed & Reimagined
A legendary drummer should go out with a bang
Can't Quit the Blues
Chico Chism's West Side Chicago Blues Party
(Southwest Musical Arts Foundation Records)
Just how sweet is that tea?
All he needs is a good blues nickname
A Chicago legend gives Phoenix the blues.
He's legal and he's legitimate. Blues prodigy J.D. Simo tells you how he's changed since 13.
Jazz drumming great Chico Chism fights to keep his groove
Blues expatriate Louisiana Red finds a home, and an audience, in Germany
Henry Gray Plays Chicago Blues (Hightone)
A set of reissues casts new light on Taj Mahal's amazing musical amalgam
Edited by Jas Obrecht (Miller Freeman Books)
After a lifetime backing musical legends, drummer Sam Lay has become one himself
R&B pioneer Charles Brown dies, following a golden decade of career rejuvenation
The Fat Possum Label Showcase with R.L. Burnside
After three decades on the road, Koko Taylor maintains the grueling pace of a blues torch carrier
R.L. Burnside's passion for alcohol is matched only by his command of rawboned Delta blues
Corky Siegel links the ethereal majesty of chamber music with the grit of the blues
Boogie monarch John Lee Hooker is still in the mood for the blues
Arizona's tight-knit blues community is about to lose its longtime ambassador, Big Pete Pearson
After two decades of sterling fretwork, Ronnie Earl emerges as a rising star of the blues
Local blues scholar Bob Corritore has refined tastes guided by one rule: The music has to come from the gut.
A cocktail review of recent state releases
Charlie Musselwhite: Bootlegger turned exterminator turner harp player extraordinaire