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The Revivalists | “Stand Up” | Live Session

The Revivalists | “Stand Up” | Live Session

This band is going,  going, going. Can’t get this song out of my head. If you even have the chance, see these guys. Great R&B. Solid Rock & Roll. “The Revivalists” employ that pedal steel and keep your interest tweaked in such a fashion you can’t help but boogie up then boogie down. Epic Sound. Lots of great video at YouTube. Saw them live, they absolutely pass that acid test without a scratch. Downloading this album,” Men Amongst Mountains” is like downloading a party storm.

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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Morgan James

MORGAN JAMES SINGS MELISSA

MORGAN JAMES

This song, Melissa is one of my all time very favorite Allman Brothers song. And this lady, Morgan James, can sure pitch it in as a full strike! Beautiful song sung by a beautiful woman. You can count on seeing a lot more of Morgan’s performances everywhere in the future. I plan to download her albums for sure.  She is a real child of the 1970s music era, and have r s increadible deliery in my opinion. Please use some form of quality audio output to enhance your experience and comment if so inclined. Sometimes, less is more. Enjoy and Thanks for stopping by.

Melissa – The Allman Brothers Band (Morgan James Cover)

Morgan James official website

John Fogerty Guitar Hero

john fogerty premonition live concert best of creedence

John Fogerty Premonition Live Concert Best Of Creedence

The first concert I ever attended was with my sister and brother-in-law who brought me – a full-of-energy kid fired up by the flame of all things rock and roll – to the Fillmore East Auditorium in New York City, to see Creedence Clearwater Revival. The year was 1969, and the warm-up band for CCR was a group called Spirit, whose big hit was I Got A Line on You. Spirit is also known for Tauras, a song they later claimed was lifted note-for-note and used by a band known as Led Zeppelin. You may remember them. Anyway, Led Zep called that little ditty Stairway To Heaven. 

Suffice it to say, CCR blew me away that night.

Bands do not get any more American than this one. John Fogerty gives us precision guitar work that I would rate right alongside the great Eric Clapton’s, except Fogerty does it with a smile on his face. He puts his whole soul into this wonderful music, makes you wish you were sitting somewhere Down on the Bayou, listening to the bullfrogs calling to their lady-loves. He takes you down Green River and out to Centerfield. And maybe he ain’t no Fortunate Son, folks, but he can sure belt out his admiration for Proud Mary as she takes you for a ride on the river. John just keeps the excitement Rockin’ All Over The World.

These songs are hymns to America, written with love in his heart. I believe our guys and gals in the Armed Forces know how home itself lives in a CCR tune – that it’s one of the great things that have kept many of them going, giving their all over in some desert hot-spot.

It is to honor John Fogerty’s American spirit that I proudly post this tremendous concert. I know we’re all short on time, but I hope you’ll listen to his words. Listen and and watch his guitar fingering, and I believe you’ll thank yourself that you did.

All John Fogarty wants to do is rock and roll for us. Life is too short not to enjoy it. Thank you John … Rock on, buddy!

If you don’t belive me about John Fogerty, listen to what this guy says about him, Click here

 

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!

George Harrison

George Harrison – “Wah – Wah” Have Faith!

The secret to enjoying our posts is to start the video first, lower on this page,  then read the content as the music plays.

GEORGE HARRISON Wah Wah

The seamingly quite Beatle who waited his turn. And boy could George Harrison turn! Many say his Album, “All Things Must Past” was the best album from any and all Beatles. I know, I love his stuff. George Harrison, the Beatle who rescued a people.

BEFORE ALL THE BIG BENEFIT CONCERTS

In August 1971, 2 concerts . Before all the big scale live concert benefits, We Are The World, Crossroads, Live Aid and Farm Aid, I remember, “The Concert For Bangladesh.” The companion album and the documentary told the story how George Harrison and Ravi Shankar launched an economic rescue mission gathering as many Rock and Roll greats as they could, including, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, and of course Ringo Starr, And. building upon the world’s understanding of peace love and compassion to a point that everyone wanted to help those starving abroad.  The songs from his album played a central role in that great relief effort. George Harrison brought the message, the idea of one God to us all with his music. And to this day belief in that concept, that when people are in trouble, there is but one God. And that God is all that stands between the human race and certain doom. Call him Lord, God, Jesus, Muhammad,  Rama,  Buddha, or what ever works for you it is in our anchored faith we all shall prevail.  If there is a heaven, one of the great things about going there will be meeting George Harrison directly and knowing of his accomplishments here on Earth.

“What happened is now history: it was one of the most moving and intense musical experiences of the century”.

– Ravi Shankar, 2005

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The Doobie Brothers Rockin Down The Highway

The Doobie Brothers – Rockin Down The Highway (Live at Wolf Trap) ~ 1080p HD

Long ago, in a galaxy far far away. There was a band. They were a fell good band. They sang no political songs or poetic justice stuff. You just turned them on and turned them up on your car radio on Friday nights headed for your favorite club. You needed that Friday night work cleansing to gear you up for a night of partying with your friends.

Friday Nights In 1972

You needed to feel good about life again. These guys could help you pull that off. You’d get paid, head to a store to but some new Levis and a patterned western shirt with pearl snaps instead of plain old buttons. Go home, get a shower to wash off work. Put on some of your favorite musk after shave or cologne. Comb you mustashe and long side burns. Get on your favorite dancing boots. Leap into your car, pump up the tunes, and…..

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

John Mayer

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.

John Mayer

John Mayer – I Don’t Trust Myself

 

John Mayer – I Don’t Trust Myself (With Loving You) LIVE In Toronto

John Mayer rolls it out nice n easy. If you are looking to relax, this is defiantly a go to performance, not to be missed. This guy is so unbelievably talented he has earned his place among great R&B and Blues musicians. His ability to combine pop with R&B is spot on, and he can defiantly deliver the goods when it comes to The Blues.   Hope you enjoy this.  Let’s get right to it.

 

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