Paul Weller: A Lucky Man

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This article appears in our July/August 2015 “British Issue,” now available on newsstands.  Few British artists have been as influential and popular post-Beatles in the U.K. as Paul Weller. Starting in his mid-teens, Weller was the main force behind The Jam, a band that fused punk energy with more musicality than groups like The Sex […]

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Lyric Of The Week: Marc Cohn, “Walking In Memphis”

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Even successful songs can sometimes sound like they were phoned in. But then there are those songs that the writer has an obvious heartfelt, even spiritual, connection to. Marc Cohn’s 1991 hit “Walking In Memphis” has a lyric so genuine that the listener knows it’s either based on something that really happened, or the writer […]

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Lyric Of The Week: Stephen Stills, “Treetop Flyer”

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Stephen Stills is a great electric guitar soloist, a formidable multi-instrumentalist, and an instantly-recognizable singer who was lucky enough to run into a couple of guys named Crosby and Nash back in the ‘60s. But those in the know are also aware of what an outstanding writer and acoustic guitarist he is as well. “Treetop […]

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Jelly Roll Morton: Don’t Deny His Name

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This article appears in our May/June 2015 “Blues Issue,” available now on newsstands.  When it comes to the top names in blues originators, Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe – better known as Jelly Roll Morton – isn’t always the first one who comes to mind. He’s regarded as a pioneer of jazz piano in New Orleans, a […]

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LYRIC OF THE WEEK: Louis Armstrong, “What A Wonderful World”

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  It was a number one hit in the U.K. in the 1960s. Then it was a top 20 hit in Italy in the 1970s. Finally, in the 1980s, it charted in the United States, where it had gone nearly unnoticed for two decades. Now, 48 years after it was recorded, Louis Armstrong’s “What a […]

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Lyric Of The Week: Clifton Chenier, “I’m Coming Home”

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Okay, so we missed Mother’s Day by a few weeks. But like Christmas, IMO, it’s probably something that should be observed every day anyway. So in honor of that – and in honor of a genuinely heartfelt song written and sung by a guy who obviously missed his home and his mom – let’s take […]

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Muddy Waters: Can’t Be Satisfied

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This article appears in the May/June 2015 “Blues Issue,” now available on newsstands.  “Well the blues had a baby and they named him rock and roll.” So sang Muddy Waters on his 1977 album Hard Again. Produced by the late blues guitar icon Johnny Winter, this album was recorded after authentic blues acts took a […]

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Howlin’ Wolf: Can’t Ya Hear Me Cryin’

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This article appears in our May/June 2015 “Blues Issue.”  The legends of blues are many, but few bluesmen have left behind a larger-than-life legacy to match that of Chester Burnett, more commonly known as Howlin’ Wolf. Wolf was more than just a great blues singer. With a unique voice, an imposing physical presence and the […]

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Lyric Of The Week: The Grateful Dead, “China Cat Sunflower/ I Know You Rider”

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Deadhead or not, you have to respect any band that had the impact on popular culture that the Grateful Dead did as the 50th anniversary of the group’s formation approaches. Even though several of the founding members, including Jerry Garcia, died long ago, the interest in the band continues, and you can still hear and […]

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Tedeschi Trucks Band: The Chosen Ones

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This article appears in the May/June 2015 “Blues Issue.”  Some people gravitate towards the blues because of the emotional performances of the artists they’ve heard, the movement of the notes and chord changes, or the lyrics about the highs and (more often) the lows of life we all experience. Then there are some people who […]

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Blind Blake: Rag Mama Rag

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This article appears in the May/June 2015 “Blues Issue.” Guitar-playing blues singers of the 1920s and 1930s had a lot in common, as so many played slide guitar, and often played in open E or open G (sometimes called “Spanish”) tuning. Many were great but were coming from the same place. And then there was Arthur “Blind” Blake. […]

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