#224 – Straight to You: Live by Kenny Wayne Shepherd

This is a great live album by long-time blues scene staple Kenny Wayne Shepherd.  He is an adherent to the Stevie Ray Vaughn style of Texas blues guitar, with a little more of a rock flavor.  The full horn section also makes it feel like a big band show at times, which is an interestingContinue reading “#224 – Straight to You: Live by Kenny Wayne Shepherd”

#204 – Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? by Fantastic Negrito

Hope everybody is having a great Thanksgiving – as great as possible under the circumstances, anyway.  I know thinks are looking kind of bleak these days, but we also have potentially positive things on the horizon, which is what I am trying to focus on.  Let’s all be safe and responsible for each other’s sakeContinue reading “#204 – Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? by Fantastic Negrito”

#182 – Casualties of Cool by Devin Townsend and Ché Aimee Dorval

This is a really beautiful album.  At various times heavy, ethereal, epic, cinematic and delicate.  It really is a masterpiece of versatility, and exactly the kind of discovery I needed on this bizarre day in history.  As the entire world watches a few random areas in America, nothing is quite as helpful as the temporaryContinue reading “#182 – Casualties of Cool by Devin Townsend and Ché Aimee Dorval”

#143 – The Source by Ali Farka Touré

I’ve always gravitated towards guitar music.  It’s the instrument I’ve spent many years learning and listening to and I always manage to find something to like about most any guitarist.  It is extremely versatile and is similar to the many stringed instruments that are ubiquitous in all different world music traditions and so has foundContinue reading “#143 – The Source by Ali Farka Touré”

#140 – Carolina Medicine Show Hokum and Blues with Baby Tate by Pink Anderson

Pink Anderson spent about 30 years traveling around the south with medicine shows, performing his songs in between sales pitches from snake oil salesmen.  He never made a recording until the 1950s, when he was discovered by folk singer Paul Clayton.  As a result of these recordings, he was subsequently included in the documentary filmContinue reading “#140 – Carolina Medicine Show Hokum and Blues with Baby Tate by Pink Anderson”

#126 – The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus by Various Artists

This was meant to be a live concert film to add to the Rolling Stones publicity campaign for the Beggars’ Banquet album, which is my favorite album of theirs.  Apparently it was shelved due to the feeling that the Stones had been upstaged by several of the other acts, especially The Who and Taj Mahal. Continue reading “#126 – The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus by Various Artists”

#124 – In The Right Place by Dr. John

I met Dr. John once while in New Orleans working on a TV show.  We were shooting a scene in an old bar where Dr. John is playing piano and Tommy Lee just happens to bump into him.  The show featured Tommy Lee and Ludacris traveling from city to city, competing in events meant toContinue reading “#124 – In The Right Place by Dr. John”

#97 – Shaman by Santana

The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney produced – and is the husband of – Michelle Branch, who was featured on Santana’s “The Game of Love.” Ok, that was a pretty easy connection to make.  Santana has always put out fun albums that feature a lot of high-profile guest performances.  Once, while on tour together, Santana welcomedContinue reading “#97 – Shaman by Santana”

#95 – Let’s Rock by The Black Keys

Today is the 25th anniversary of the death of Jerry Garcia, so I spent much of my listening time today on Grateful Dead shows.  I did, however, just pick a Jerry Garcia Band album on his birthday and don’t want to be repeating an artist at this point in the life of this blog.  IContinue reading “#95 – Let’s Rock by The Black Keys”