Blues americana

Keb’ Mo’: BLUESAmericana

Keb’ Mo’
BLUESAmericana
(Kind of Blue)
3 out of 5 stars

Those who were disappointed in the slick, blues-free approach that made Keb’ Mo’s previous release so bland will be pleased to know this follow-up three years later is a substantial improvement. Despite the singer/guitarist’s early affiliation with Robert Johnson, his albums have been more informed by an easy on the ears pop/blues/soul mix that hewed too close to snoozy to have much bite. But putting “blues” in caps for this release’s title is an indication of how he has retreated to the music that first put him on the map in 1994. While no one will mistake this for Muddy Waters or even Mo’s old mentor Taj Mahal, it’s encouraging that the album’s only non-original is from deep bluesman (and Waters sideman) Jimmy Rogers as opposed to a less than convincing Eagles cover from 2008’s fuzzy The Reflection.

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The fabulous Keb’ Mo’ brings his BluesAmericana Tour to town on 1/29!

Did you get your tickets yet?!?!  You better hurry…

Brand new to DOPECAUSEWESAID is The Dapper Conspiracy, a quintet from Raleigh, NC, who are modern balladeers of Americana music. If you’ve never heard of this musical genre, imagine Roots-Rock, Bluegrass, Blues, Folk and Country music all rolled into one. Does this description heighten your sense of curiosity? If so, go to DOPECAUSEWESAID.com and check out The Dapper Conspiracy’s DOPE Plug feature and stream/download their newest release ‘He’s Not Here EP I’ from the DOPE Releases page. Shoutout to Ben for exposing us to this great genre of music. #dcws #dopemusic #TheDapperConspiracy #roots-rock #bluegrass #folk #countrymusic #rnb #blues #Raleigh #nc #americana

Big Sound Saturday: C-H-I-C-K-E-N vol. 2

Bop with us to the 2nd installment of S.A.’s chicken playlists—eternal jive bird is exactly what you need in times of stress.

Today, S.A. continues our journey into a beloved and weird American musical trope: the eternal chicken! 

Welcome to feature number two of ACRO Collective’s C-H-I-C-K-E-N series; all jump blues, R&B, hot jazz, and jive. I walked into this with big dreams of ‘60’s rock and Hasil Adkins chicken-punk, but these sounds overcame me: Big Joe Turner bending “Shake, Rattle and Roll” into “Chicken and the…

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We Need to Talk About Abner Jay

If you’ve never heard of Abner Jay, you need to get on Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud, BloobityBlab, whatever, and do yourself a solid. 

The self-proclaimed “Last Black Minstrel” and “World’s Worse Businessman,” was a Georgia-born, one-man-band who perfected a brilliant mix of blues-infused folk. Give his album, “The Love Wheel” a listen, and you’ll be swept away by how timeless the music is, the haunting sparseness, beautiful melodies, and his cheesy-ass jokes. This is music being made for expression, for the love, not for dollars. Abner Jay sounds like America, in the purest, most Delta-y sense of the word.

An absolute must. 

-Maddie

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Some fantastic folk blues with Sonny and Brownie. First time I heard Sonny Terry, I nearly gave up on harp, because I know there’s no way I’d ever be that good. Fortunately, I talked myself out of it. Throw in this album and enjoy!

The Band: The Band (gatefold sleeve, 180 gram vinyl, Capitol Records/Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, 2013).

The eponymous second album from the masters of Americana took listeners on a musical journey. Through richly textured arrangements, distinctive vocal harmonies and multiple instrumentation the group crafted a timeless album that sounded as though it had already existed for decades.

Through twelve songs The Band seemingly sweep the entire course of American history as seen from the point of view of the working class people of the time. 

Evocative and powerful, it’s an album that reminds America of its soul. Standing almost peerless, it is perhaps only comparative with the later works of The Beatles or Jimi Hendrix in its use of recording innovation & use of experimentation.

My favourite cuts here have got to be “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, Rag Mama Rag”, “Up On Cripple Creek” & “Look Out Cleveland”. An ageless classic that gets better with every listen.

In case you need reminding, here’s The Band performing “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” from Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz.

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American Epic,
from PBS, coming Fall 2015

“They set out from the darkness with nothing but a guitar on their backs, put out their thumbs and conquered the world.” – T-Bone Burnett, Executive Producer

Two British filmmakers, Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty, and American Producer Duke Erikson have pieced together this extraordinary story set in the late 1920s when record companies toured America with a recording machine and for the first time captured the raw expression of an emerging culture. It democratized music and gave a voice to the poorest in the nation.

The filmmakers follow the machine’s trail across the United States to rediscover the families whose music was recorded by it, music that would lead to the development of blues, country, gospel, Hawaiian, Cajun and folk music – without which there would be no rock, pop, R&B or hip hop today. Over three episodes the remarkable lives of these seminal musicians are revealed through previously unseen film footage, unpublished photographs, and exclusive interviews with some of the last living witnesses to that era, when the musical strands of a diverse nation first emerged, sparking a cultural revolution whose reverberations are felt to this day.

Tequila Sour | @mrsfishlosangeles

made with Jimador blanco, fresh squeezed lemon juice, agave syrup, muddled jalapeno and egg white shaken dry then poured over ice and sprinkled with lime chili powder

Tomorrow’s lineup is a sonically eclectic combo of Americana, Blues, Folk, Rock, + Motown!

Lacey Kay Cowden | The Deltaz | The Janks | DJ C-Minus | #InTheHeartOfTheCity #DTLA #DowntownLA #LosAngeles #LA #TheHeartOfLA (at Mrs. Fish)

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Doc Watson - Slidin` Delta