You won't find Richard Pryor's name on any musicians' Who's Who list. Yet Pryor's compositions are as lyrical, moving and funny as anything ever set to music. Pyror's music was the sound of the streets, expletive studded and often crude, but usually possessing a common truth or insight. Pryor's “act” was a stream of consciousness outpouring that had no boundaries. Anyone and anything was fair game.
Pryor didn't lecture. He told stories, character…Continue
Posted on June 12, 2013 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment
They were things to be treasured when they first came around, rare gifts, an altar worthy of daily worship. But the very act of treasuring and worshiping with them scratched and soiled them. Now to have them again three and a half decades later in pristine condition without all the layers of spilt beer, bodily fluids and God only knows what else obscuring that glorious, dangerous sound is the best gift of all.…Continue
Posted on June 12, 2013 at 6:30am — 2 Comments
“I may be a toothless, 64 year old bluesman, but I put on a hell of a show,” Bill Homans declares. He ain't just woofin'. As Watermelon Slim, Homans comes across badder than a junkyard dawg, snapping at the end of a chain that barely restrains him from taking a few chunks outta your ass.
The title cut from his latest on the NorthernBlues Music label sets the tone. Channeling Dave Dudley, Slim is the cock of the walk, big and bold, strutting…Continue
Posted on June 11, 2013 at 5:00am
Remembering Little Walter
Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harmon
Even if the subject wasn't harp god Little Walter Jacobs, this one would be a keeper due to the wealth of talent assembled to pay tribute to him for this project on Blind Pig records. Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Sugar Ray Norcia, and James Harmon on one stage for one evening is the ticket you want for an unequaled evening…
Posted on June 6, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment