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Overall, our playlist has songs that are joyous, spiritual, whimsical, hopeful, and sometimes a mix of each. Again, in no particular order, here is part two of our Christmas list. “Little Saint Nick” Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, the Beach Boys recorded and released this song in December 1963. The early Beach Boy […]

It is definitely beginning to sound a lot like Christmas. The thing about Christmas and Christmas songs is there are so many of them. Some are joyous. Some are spiritual. Some are sad. Some are whimsical. Some are hopeful. Our Christmas playlist has some of each, and we would like to share it with you.  […]

What makes a song iconic? Many times it’s the sheer musical genius of the composition. Several songs in the category of legend have lyrics that strike a chord with listeners of many generations. Sometimes, it’s the intro. That first few seconds of guitar, drums, harmonica, or vocals that catch you off guard can plant a […]

“I’m a transformative artist,” Danny Kalb told me in 2009. “Just like Dylan or Muddy Waters when he heard Robert Johnson, and he integrated it, but he wasn’t defined by it. Charlie Parker heard jazz in the ’30s and turned it into a different kind of music.”  Danny passed away on November 19th. He was […]

“In 52 years, and with nearly as many lineup changes, Savoy Brown has had two constants: a blues influence and Kim Simmonds,” ABS‘s JD Nash said in his 2017 review of the Ruf Records release Witchy Feelin’. Continuing, “Simmonds, the multi-instrumentalist and current lead singer, founded the band in 1965. Being one of the first […]

British Blues Award winner Dani Wilde established herself in the international blues scene in 2007, opening for Jools Holland at The Royal Albert Hall and signing to Ruf Records. Since then she has toured extensively across the UK, Europe, America, Canada, and Africa. USA concerts have included headline shows under her own name, and performances with group Girls With Guitars alongside […]

Two-tone and ska revival band The Specials have announced that frontman Terry Hall has passed away following a brief illness. He was 63. Taking to social media, they honored their iconic singer as “a beautiful friend, brother and one of the most brilliant singers, songwriters and lyricists this country has ever produced.” Terry was a […]

On Thursday, January 12 at City Winery NYC, Next Jazz Legacy — a program created by New Music USA and the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice that addresses gender and racial inequities by providing opportunities for mentorship and professional development to those who have been underrepresented in jazz — will cap off a […]

Stony Plain Records announces a March 24, 2023, release date for Ridin’, the new album from two-time Grammy nominee and blues/roots music legend Eric Bibb. Bibb has already scheduled lengthy tours of Europe and Australia in the first quarter of 2023 to support the new album’s release. The follow-up to his multiple award-winning, critically-acclaimed 2021 […]

Having lost most of 2020-21 to the pandemic blues, so many of our best musicians came storming out of the blocks this year with mega album and single releases that it has been difficult to select the Top 10 blues tracks for 2022. They are full of optimism, pointing to a better future. Elles Bailey: […]

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