Despite a very wet summer in West Bridgford, I have been seeking out different blues artists and gone back to the real roots of the blues. I am currently listening to a group of talented musicians from Mali, Africa called Songhoy Blues. Raised on a diet of Hip-Hop, R&B and Hendrix, their album “Music in Exile” is an exciting addition to the world of blues music.
If you are looking for something a bit different, check these boys out!
As many of you will already know, B. B. King sadly passed away on 14th May 2015 aged 89.
According to Edward M. Komara, BB introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed. His influences are far and wide and include Eric Clapton, The Edge and Slash.
BB’s classic songs include “The thrill has gone”, “3 O’ clock blues” and my personal favourite, “Sweet little angel”.
Many people know that BB’s guitar was called Lucille and an interesting fact is that in 2005 Gibson made a special run of 80 Gibson Lucille’s – these were referred to as the 80th Birthday Lucille.
If you get chance, try and catch the Big Boy Bloater Blues Magazine Show on Team Rock Radio where they have done a fantastic tribute show to the great man.
Today, 9th January, is the birthday of Led Zeppelin legend, Jimmy Page – so happy birthday Jimmy!
For anyone who has not heard (or seen) much Led Zeppelin, I recommend you watch the live concert from Madison Square Garden filmed in 1976 – “the song remains the same” – this is classic Zeppelin at their Rock God best.
For all you budding blues/rock guitarist’s check out Sky Arts 1 on Thursday 18th September at either 9am or if you are a true musician and don’t get up until the ‘crack of noon’, 3.30pm. A virtuoso guitar player playing songs by the man himself!