“This music proves that a white man with white hair can really play the blues,” Pete Townsend says in the booklet that accompanies True To the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story, the four-CD box set retrospective of Winter's career just out on Columbia /Legacy. But age had nothing to do with Winter's look or sound. Due to his albinism, Winter's hair was always white, and he played like this ever since he first came on the…Continue
Posted on July 28, 2014 at 5:00am
If you go to a Selwyn Birchwood show, the dance floor should be packed with enthusiastic hoofers. If not, the young Florida-based guitarist has a back-up plan: To ensure that there's at least one dancer gyrating to the beat, a mummified muppet voodoo doll dangles by his neck in front of the kick drum, hinged limbs jerking with every thump, paying silent homage to the exuberant, vibrant Birchwood blues soundtrack.
Friday night's show at Durham, N.C.' s Central Park had few…Continue
Posted on July 19, 2014 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments
When Jimmy Carpenter was first starting out, the number of girls who flocked around him when he played prompted a jealous local promoter to bemoan the fact that Carpenter had too many girlfriends. Thirty years later, it appears that's still the case. Carpenter says that his sophomore effort, Walk Away, was inspired by past, present, and future women in his life, enough to fill thirteen cuts with odes to and bitches about his paramours. But Carpenter is a gentle soul, so…Continue
Posted on July 15, 2014 at 9:00am
Rated ZZ, it says at the start of the video, with “all material suited for tone, taste and tenacity.” That's a fitting summation of Z Z Top's career, as well as a great introduction to their 2013 appearance at Montreaux. It's a career-spanning performance reaching all the way back to '73.
There's no chronological order here. The set kicks off with “Got Me Under Pressure” from '83's Eliminator, then jumps to the band's first top ten album, 1973's Tres Hombres,…Continue
Posted on July 10, 2014 at 1:00pm