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The Revivalists | “Keep Going” | Live Session

The Revivalists | “Keep Going” | Live Session

If you get a chance to catch this act, David Shaw and the Revivalists,  you better jump on it.  These guys hit all the targets.  Gulf Coasters in real-time, when they hit the stage they take you where you need to be, moving up!  Stomping feet. Smiling face.  Swinging  arms.  But this song gets you happy. Keeps you in posi-drive ,  and will drive The Revivalists up and right over the top.  Hey! I’ll  shut up so you can just listen.  If you like this let me know.  I’m interested in your comments and opinions.

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Chuck Leavell Piano Legend

Three videos, one is a piano lesson you won’t want to miss. This guy, his piano style is impeccable …he’s great.  From the Allman Brothers band to The Rolling Stones. PLUS he is a major environmentalist. Look that up on Youtube.com.  I’m gonna shut up now and let Chuck do the playin’ and you do the lovin’.

Chuck Leavell with The Randall Bramblett Band ~ Statesboro Blues

CHUCK LEAVELL FOREVER BLUE Instrumental, Relaxing.

JESSICA piano lesson

ERIC CLAPTON PERFECTION BLUES

Eric Clapton – Driftin Blues HD

I don’t have much to say here except perhaps “Can’t Touch This!” Just spectacular while basic and finite. His instrument is an extension of his existence. He will hypnotize if you zero in on his fretboard, finger work and his strumming style. There is a very good reason someone once said Eric Clapton is God of the guitar. I will be expanding on Eric Clapton as those who do not know him need to. Enjoy!

The Blues Did Not Die And Never Will! BB KING R.I.P.

TRIBUTE TO THE KING

Thanks to a musician from the Mississippi Delta, we can all get up in the morning,  put one foot in front of the other and go off to work.  As BB King once described it, ” The blues is like a tonic, it is good for whatever ails you”.  Crafted in the cotton fields, and on the plantations of the American South, it’s a sound that sticks – that makes you feel better. R&B is the channel that so many people can count on to say, “hey, it’s cool, I can deal with this problem at home, at work, in sports or all through my life; this too shall pass and we will feel better.” We always have the Blues to turn to. The Blues influenced soul music, weaved its way through Motown, gridded Rap and Hip Hop, and bloomed into a foundation that has supported mankind all over our planet. You feel bad? Do some Blues. Feel better.

 

BB KING ELEVATED THE BLUES

Most of us never met this guy, or his guitar Lucille,  some of us can say we saw him in concert.  Some say, “I lost a good friend”. But did we lose more than he gave? No way. None of us today remember the dark days of the deep South. This guy did, and yet he brought forth a cure for depression without a prescription.  When you’re down,  turn to the Blues. That will help you get back up, help you laugh a little.  Crack a smile no matter what they’re  puttin’ on you. Well, though the volume was turned down today, BB King made sure there was an exit strategy. He made sure there were competent Blues stringers in all walks of life to carry the torch for The Blues. BB King did everything in his power to bring forward The Blues, from boosting Muddy Waters, Lead Belly, and Albert King, to linking rock and Blues through rock and roll greats like U2, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Taj Mahal, Paul Butterfield, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Keith Richards & The Rolling Stones and Bonnie Raitt, then inspiring modern day blues men like Ray Clark Jr., John Mayer, Eric Bibb, Keb Mo and Johnny Lang.  B.B.King, Etta James, Aretha and Johnny Winter kept The Blues right up there in your face. They never, never, ever let you down.   Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King’s performances locked in  legend. See below the video, a list of blues artists found in Wikipedia.

We highlighted this video post earlier in this website and in an older blog because aesthetically it is very appealing plus it covers the rehearsal and precise pre-planning necessary. The performance was so well-edited between the rehearsal and the actual performance we felt it carried the full weight of all the artists performing the song, which remains, to us,  one of the best performances BB King ever did. And the song represents what we all are waiting for, “When Love Comes To Town”.  Well, it’s here, Love.  Unfortunately for us, in the here and now,  BB King took that train out to the next station where lots of people, his colleagues and friends such as Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Healey, Albert King, Janis Joplin, Duane Allman, Roy Buchanan and many, many more await his arrival.  The Blues did not die and never will! BB KING R.I.P. 1925 -2015.  Lenny Kravits said it best on Twitter today: ” BB, lots of people can play thousands of notes and never say what you did with just one”   But Lucille, his guitar, said it even better for a long time.

When Love Comes To Town

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List of Recent Blues Artists Wikipedia

▶ ERIC BIBB & MICHAEL JEROME BROWNE – “New World Comin’ Through” – YouTube

Here’s some more of that Good Stuff! Can’t seem to get enough of this guy.  He’s talking the good stuff that is coming on down the road. We need more artists like Eric Bibb.

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Bjørn Berge Blues Stringer Of Norway

Bjørn Berge 

Here is something very special. If you thought Norway can’t do Blues, think again. Just check out this thick solid strong guitar work Look what we found. Bjørn Berge. we love this guy. He’s all Harley Davidson in a European sort of way. Great Guitar work.  The first video starts up slow, but if you give it a few seconds, it blazes You gotta know, Blues are not only loved in the United States. You can find great blues strikers all over the world.  Well, maybe not Antarctica,  although there are some dancing fool penguins floating around there. Bjørn Berge has the chops, he needs the world round recognition and he’d be “wheels up” for success.  There are even undertones of Leo Kottke, http://www.leokottke.com another of our favorites. When you see Bjørn Berge’s range, we think you too shall be impressed! 

Per Wikipedia,

After being named "Best Musician of the Year" by  Dagbladeti in 1998, In 2001, he won Speelmanannprisen for his album Stringmachine and in 2002 for his album Illustrated Man.[2] He also toured all over Europe gaining more popularity, and won the NBFs Bluespros in 2001. In 2014 Berge replaced Torbjorn Okland as guitarist in the Norwegian band Vamp. The bottom line, this guy can string. Faint hint of Metallica or George Thorogood & The Destroyers as well.

ERIC BIBB IS HITTING HIS STRIDE

Eric Bibb – Let The Mothers Step Up

Great new, in studio, performance. I’ll shut up and let you get straight to It. Eric Bibb in studio. Enjoy!

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Eric Bibb Blessing To The Blues Community

Eric Bibb – The son of renown NYC folk singer Leon Bibb, Eric grew up around musicians like Pete Seeger, Odetta. Richie Havens, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. If that wasn’t enough, his uncle was the world-famous jazz pianist and composer John Lewis, a member of the Modern Jazz Quartet, and his godfather was singer/actor/activist Paul Robeson. Bibb launched his career in Europe, gaining notoriety at blues and folk festivals in London, Cambridge and Dublin, and eventually settled in Sweden where he worked as a music and voice teacher. He has played festivals around the world including Glastonbury and the Cambridge Folk Festival in the U.K., and landed opening slots on tours with Robert Cray and Ray Charles. Bibb has been nominated for a Grammy and four W.C. Handy awards (now the Blues Music Awards) and his songs have been featured on TV shows including “The District,” “Casualty” and BBC’s “Eastenders.” Released in 2006, “Diamond Days” became Bibb’s biggest selling album to date.  The album entered both Australian and US charts. Bibb was nominated for “Acoustic Artist of the Year” in the 2008 Blues Music Awards. His latest release is titled “Blues People.”

 

If you are unfamiliar with this mans work, it might be a very good idea to fix that.  Eric Bibb just has it all. He just makes you feel good. I love Ray Clark Jr., Eric Clapton and John Mayer, all highly accomplished blues players, Eric Bibb just has the ability to draw you in, switch on your smile, and hold you firmly in his talent like a tractor beam straight out of Star Wars. He squares you up with your creator without your even knowing it. He keeps you focused on being civil, empathetic and compassionate while letting your inner blues brother roam free. His guitar work is totally solid without being ostentatious and at the same time serving up great guitar riffs and thick sound. A humble world traveler, you just know that when he rolls into town there are just going to be a great number of easy-going and interesting happy people. Eric is just a treasure trove of music and joy. I hope to see him someday before I pass on.

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John Mayer – Queen of California  (Live at the Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013)

This performance is bar none, possibly the best I have seen in a very, very long time.

I have been so focused on John Mayer’s undeniable blues guitar talents, this particular performance
even being somewhat old, 2013, totally caught me off guard! First off, John Mayer Queen of California is one of my all time favorites, this rendition absolutely pulverizes my previous view of John as a strictly Blues guitarist. The guitar solo, after his acoustic into, has a deep, thick flavor of the Greatfull Dead, Jerry Garcia, it just blew me away!

What I love so much about John Mayer is, he is so you and me. After getting his first guitar he did what so many of us wish we had done. He immersed himself in the study of the guitar greats, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Albert King, Buddy Guy, B.B. King and Eric Clapton. Just a kid from Fairfield Connecticut, waking his dad up early on Saturday morning so he could go to the local record store and buy a copy of an album of Albert King’s. I recently saw the movie Whiplash with J. K Simmonds about a young boy relentlessly practicing his drum solos till his hands bled. J.K Simmons played his conductor and grueling drill master, driving the young man to out perform himself. As I watched this video, and while I watched this performance by John Mayer it occurred to me that this was John Mayer, practicing over and over and over each of these guitar legends solos until their style to him was as natural as drinking a beer is to us.

John Mayer is a fantastic and accomplished guitarist and performer. He has played with many of those who inspired him. He has made his home state of Connecticut endear him as a true natural resource and guitar hero. He is only getting better with time. I truly hope you enjoy this live performance as much as did I!

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