Self-taught singer/songwriter Taj Mahal has grooved with everyone from The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton to blues progenitors like Buddy Guy, Howlin' Wolf, and Muddy Waters. Like his friend Ry Cooder, he navigated the twisting waters of the late '60s and '70s session scene of Santa Monica, before ... More >>
If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in the random acts of shit on Earth, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at SXSW. To break down the bright, scintillating chaos, Village Voice Media's roving music e ... More >>
It's a lighter load for this week's incoming shows -- mostly due to the fact that we had two different sets of incoming shows last week. That's not to say that there aren't some doozies amongst this week's announcements, though. For those fans of old-school hip hop, we have EMPD making a ruc ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:
Were talking about Clapton, of course
Nate Anderson at the Compound GrillWelcome to 21 Questions, a regular feature where PHXmusic.com goes to the favorite hangout of a notable Phoenician and asks the "big" questions. This week we met up with Ear Candy's Nate Anderson at the Compound Grill. Name: Nate AndersonAge: 28Occupation: ... More >>
Your dollar goes farther at this weekend's music mega-event
A legendary drummer should go out with a bang
Can't Quit the Blues
Jonny Lang dumps drugs and finds Jesus
Just how sweet is that tea?
Older and wiser legend sticks to the music
Have Tassels Will Travel pays tribute to Satan's Angel
Janis, the Dead, the Band, and others take the happiest trip of their lives
He's legal and he's legitimate. Blues prodigy J.D. Simo tells you how he's changed since 13.
Unsung country crooner Allison Moorer changes course on a new album and she doesn't care what you call it
Henry Gray Plays Chicago Blues (Hightone)
Edited by Jas Obrecht (Miller Freeman Books)
For 25 years, Bug Music has protected the rights of songwriters. In the process, they've gotten Willie Dixon's songs back from Led Zeppelin and transformed Iggy Pop into a TV-commercial composer.
After three decades on the road, Koko Taylor maintains the grueling pace of a blues torch carrier
May 21 - 27, 1998
Corky Siegel links the ethereal majesty of chamber music with the grit of the blues
April 23 - 29, 1998
Confused agenda of SXSW can't obscure the many musical highlights
Local blues scholar Bob Corritore has refined tastes guided by one rule: The music has to come from the gut.
HE'S TRASHED BILLY RAY CYRUS. AND HE WON'T WEAR A BLACK HAT. TRAVIS TRITT'S PUT THE "OUT THERE" BACK INTO "OUTLAW."
EX-BAD COMPANY VOCALIST HAS A FINE ROCK DISC AND TOUR' BUT THEY COULD GIVE PURISTS THE BLUES