I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite roots tunes from various genres including blues, soul, R&B, hip-hop, and world. The tunes will represent the spirit of this blog. The music will be interspersed with Moonbaby and I chatting about all things music, culture, and life.
It should be a really fun show and I hope you’ll tune in!
Last night, I saw Mr. Rush jumping and dancing on stage with a full electric band (including the sax player touring with The Rolling Stones, THE Stones). He was so full of energy and zest, that at half his age, I was a little embarrassed that I almost didn’t come out because I was tired! He brought the entire sold-out crowd to their feet, and unexpectedly, I rediscovered that I too could find that passion I had seemed to lost for live music in the past year. Next thing I know I was hootin’ and hollerin’ and dancing around to the pure, unadulterated (and I mean unadulterated) blues.
Bobby Rush is touring the U.S. (Tucson on Jan 28th, Austin on Jan 30th, then onto Nashville, Mississippi, Illinois, St. Louis, Texas, and Ohio all in February and March). Please go see him if you are in those areas. Considering he is one of the last of his generation, a stellar musician, with a stellar band, you will get more than your return in time and money to see a living American treasure in person.
Photos by Pat Rainer with Omnivore Entertainment (c) 2016
Chicago guitar player by way of Mississippi, Samuel “Magic Sam” Gene Maghett lived a short life (February 14, 1937 – December 1, 1969), but left a legacy of sweet soul blues. His guitar playing so unique for the time that the prolific blues songwriter Willie Dixon said of him, “Magic Sam had a different guitar sound…Most of the guys were playing the straight 12-bar blues thing, but the harmonies that he carried with the chords was a different thing altogether. This tune ‘All Your Love’, he expressed with such an inspirational feeling with his high voice. You could always tell him, even from his introduction to the music.”
Check out this tune and feel “All Your Love”:
Here he is with some slow blues, “My Love Will Never Die”: