Remembering Blues Legend Johnny Winter


He was a Texas fireball, a flaming tumbleweed out of Beaumont who blazed a trail across the world with his incendiary blues. Johnny Winter passed away yesterday at the age of 70 in a hotel room near Zurich, Switzerland. 
 It was a demise that some had predicted for decades. Winter lived hard, flirting with […]

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R.I.P. Richie Havens

Richie Havens

Brooklyn-born folk artist Richie Havens has died of a heart attack at the age of 72. Havens was famous for his gritty-voiced, impassioned interpretations of other artists’ songs, from The Beatles’ “Here Comes The Sun” to Billie Holiday’s “God Bless The Child.” He was also revered for his unique acoustic guitar-playing style, which revolved around […]

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Remembering Gil Scott-Heron


A lot has been written about Gil Scott-Heron over the weekend. The singer-songwriter and poet died on Friday, though most found out about his death on Saturday morning. It poured down rain that day here in Chicago, giving Scott-Heron’s birth city a somber feeling. Perhaps the best remembrance of Scott-Heron came from XL label boss, […]

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