Δευτέρα, 31 Μαΐου 2010

Magic Sam - West Side Soul

Magic Sam (Sam Maghett) was a great, soulful singer and smooth, glowing guitarist - born in Mississippi but raised on the West Side - who would have become one of the biggest stars of blues if he hadn't died of a heart attack at age 32 in 1969.

He first recorded West Side Soul in 1967 for Delmark's owner Bob Koester. Although he learned from the Chicago blues greats, his debut album, pretty much marks the dividing line between the classic Chicago style and what we know as contemporary electric blues today. His serpentine, tremolo-laden guitar style, represented a new step in blues guitar and proved highly influential. The album is also remarkable for promulgating the merger between blues and soul that was still a new idea at the time. Finally, it's an album which is considered by many to be one of the greatest blues records of all time!

Σάββατο, 29 Μαΐου 2010

Howlin' Wolf - Louise

I can't hide my love for the Blues, that's why i uploaded another song for this magnificent music kind (third post in a row for the same artist, as you noticed)...

This time, the song is entitled "Louise"... Enjoy it!

Πέμπτη, 27 Μαΐου 2010

Howlin' Wolf - Don't Laugh At Me (1964)

Howlin' Wolf was a real Blues legend! That's why i uploaded another song with him. The only thing you need to do is to enjoy!

The title of the song is "Don't Laugh At Me"... Apart from Wolf in the video, you can also see Hubert Sumlin on lead guitar (it couldn't be someone else!) and Willie Dixon on bass...

Τρίτη, 25 Μαΐου 2010

Howlin' Wolf - Evil Is Goin' On (1954)

Thinking of the music that i love a lot, i uploaded an audio of a legendary blues figure! I am talking about the one and only Howlin' Wolf!... His song has the title "Evil Is Goin' On"... Enjoy it!

Κυριακή, 23 Μαΐου 2010

Robbie Robertson - Unbound

(...from the previous post) This is a short summary of his activities of the last 15 years... In 1995, in Rome, Robertson headlined an annual Labor Day concert festival with support acts Andrea Bocelli, Elvis Costello, and Radiohead. More than 300,000 fans attended the event. In 1997, Robertson received a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Songwriters. From 1997 to 2000, Robertson stayed busy with side and film projects and documentaries.

On 9 February 2002, Robertson performed as part of the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. At the 2003 commencement ceremonies at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Robertson delivered an address to the graduating class and was awarded an honorary degree by the university. The same year he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.

In 2006, he announced plans to write his autobiography. He also recorded with Jerry Lee Lewis and Samuel Bidleman on "Last Man Standing" on track "Twilight". The same year, he received the Governor General's Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

On July 28, 2007, at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Bridgeview, Illinois, Robertson made a rare appearance on stage and played briefly. According to an article in the February 9, 2008 edition of the Winnipeg Sun, Robertson is said to be working with Eric Clapton on an album of new material. From MOJO magazine's May 2010 interview Robbie claims he is writing an autobiography.

Finally it must be said that the great artist has a remarkable discography.

About his personal life, Robertson married a Quebecoise journalist, named Dominique Bourgeois, in 1967. Together they have three children: daughters Alexandra and Delphine, and son Sebastian.

The following audio is an important presence in the music field of the late Robbie Pobertson. It has the title "Unbound". Enjoy it!

Παρασκευή, 21 Μαΐου 2010

The Talented Robbie Robertson (Muddy Waters & The Band - Mannish Boy)

Robbie Robertson (born Jaime Robert Klegerman 5 July 1943) is a Canadian singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is best known for his membership as the guitarist and primary songwriter with "The Band". He was ranked 78th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. "The Band" has been inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. As a songwriter Robertson is responsible for such classics as "The Weight", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Up On Cripple Creek", "Broken Arrow" and "Somewhere Down The Crazy River", among many others.

He was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to a Jewish father and a Mohawk mother, and took his stepfather's last name "Robertson" after his mother remarried. He had his earliest exposure to music at Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation, where he spent summers with his mother's family.

By 1959 he had met singer Ronnie Hawkins, who led a band called "The Hawks" after he had relocated to Canada. In 1960 Hawkins recorded two early Robertson songs, "Hey Boba Lu" and "Someone Like You" on his Mr. Dynamo LP. Robertson then took over lead guitar with "The Hawks" and toured often, before splitting from Hawkins in 1963.

After Robertson left "The Hawks" with Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko, and Garth Hudson, the quintet styled themselves as "The Canadian Squires And Levon And The Hawks", but (after rejecting such names as "The Honkies" and "The Crackers") ultimately called themselves "The Band".

In 1976, "The Band" broke up due to the stresses of sixteen years of touring. In the Martin Scorsese film The "Last Waltz" (1978) Robertson noted that he had been playing live rock and roll music almost since rock and roll began. Also, credited officially as the band's main songwriter, he was able to live off the song royalties, and no longer needed to tour. "The Band" reformed in 1983 without Robertson. After "The Band", he never left the music field and he has been active untill nowadays (we will continue with Robbie Robertson in the next post)...

For the time being, we enjoy the artist seeing him next to the legendary Muddy Waters. They work perfectly together on Muddy Waters' smash hit "Mannish Boy"! From the "Last Waltz"...

Τετάρτη, 19 Μαΐου 2010

Spain: Maria Dolores Pradera - El Mundo Que Yo No Viva

Second post in a row by the same, magnificent artist! The song in audio this time is entitled "El Mundo Que Yo No Viva". Enjoy it!

Δευτέρα, 17 Μαΐου 2010

Spain: Maria Dolores Pradera - Amarraditos

Listening Paco Cepero too much, i decided to remain in Spain because i like the (traditional) sound of the country. So, i made 2 posts with Maria Dolores Pradera, another Spanish legend. Today, the song has the title "Amarraditos"...

We will continue with the same artist in the next post...

Σάββατο, 15 Μαΐου 2010

Spain: Paco Cepero - Aires Mineros

Another post with the great Spanish artist! This time the title of his song is "Aires Mineros".

Even though the video is a little old, Paco Cepero 's always been a master!...

Πέμπτη, 13 Μαΐου 2010

Spain: Paco Cepero - Agua Marina

Nobody can forget Paco Cepero! He isn't a simple Spanish Flamenco guitarist, he is a true legend, that's for sure! I do love this artist! So, tonight, i uploaded another video with him! The song has the title "Agua Marina" (one of his greatest hits)...

Just notice him at the end of his composition! He is an impressive artist, totally amazing!

I will continue with the same Spanish Music Giant in the next post...

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