BLUES

Ryan ‘Gooch’ Nelson Crafts Stunning Debut Album as Quadriplegic (Video!)

Ryan “Gooch” Nelson, a New Jersey singer-songwriter, has done the impossible. A quadriplegic who was recently diagnosed with cancer, he’s conjured a rip-snorting, foot-stomping songs for his debut album Comin’ Home. It’s a tribute to anyone who’s undergone personal tragedy. In 2004, Gooch was in a terrible car accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. Five years later, he was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia....

B.B. King, the Heart and Soul of Mississippi Delta Blues, Dies at 89

B.B. King, the son of a Mississippi sharecropper and early gospel singer who picked up a guitar at 15 and spread Mississippi delta blues world wide over his long career, has died from an illness related to diabetes. He was 89. From his humble beginnings he helped revolutionize music with his soulful singing and guitar picking. Artists from Elvis Presley to some of the 1960s guitar gods” Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page, Dave Mason, Steve Winwood and Keith Richards, to name a few, all drew inspiration from delta blues....

Johnny Winter, Blues-Rock Icon, Famed Guitarist, Dead at 70

Johnny Winter, known as much for has albino looks as his furious guitar playing, a pioneer of blues-infused rock in the 1960s and a Woodstock veteran, has died, according to his representative. He was 70. Johnny’s biggest hit, “Frankenstein,” which he recorded with The Edgar Winter Group in 1973, is considered one of the best blues-rock instrumentals of all time. ...

Jack White, in London, Head Bangs to Crashing Guitar (video!)

Jack White played a rare indoor date on his current tour, banging out hits, while head-banging on stage with his backing band last night (July 3) at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith in London. White, 38, expressed frustration prior to the show over having to play mostly music festivals and outdoor arenas on his current road trip. “I guess I’m trying to put on a club show for 100 people in front of 100,000 people,” he told BBC Radio One in an interview. ...

Zucchero Sojourn to Cuba Yields New Latin, Cuban, Tex-Mex Album

When I heard that one of my favorite artists, Grammy-nominated Italian blues-rock singer Zucchero, had released a new album called La Sesion Cubana, produced by Don Was no less, I knew it was going to be a terrific project. Turns out the album had been a long-time dream. “My music comes from blues, from soul and from gospel,” Zucchero says. "This project is a trip from New Orleans to Cuba via Mexicali. Latin, Cuban and Tex-Mex sounds and rhythms melt together dancing. Hasta l’asta siempre."...

Shemekia Copeland Gives Her Gritty Blues a Spin on ’33 1/3′

Shemekia Copeland has released 33 1/3, a new album I’ve not been able to take off my player. She has already opened for The Rolling Stones, headlined the Chicago Blues Festival; and shared the stage with the likes of Eric Clapton and even performed at the White House. Take one-shot each of Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor and mix it up with the bluest-best of Bonnie Raitt, and you have Shemekia Copeland....

Peter Gabriel's 'Secret World' Revisited on DVD, Blu-Ray

Peter Gabriel’s Secret World Live … from 1993 has been fully re-stored and remastered by Eagle Rock Entertainment, which has just released the famed tour footage on DVD and Blu-ray, and it’s a fascinating viewing and listening experience. This particular band featured not only his regulars, bassist Tony Levin and guitarist David Rhodes, but also Paula Cole on vocals (what ever happened to her?), Shankar on violin and guests Papa Wemba and Molokai....

Adrian Niles Takes Gritty Memphis Blues to TV on F/X

Musician Adrian Niles had just released his latest album Roll & Move, featuring the sublime single “Skylark," when we last spoke with him. That was a year ago. Now his great songs being recognized, again. Two will be featured next week in the F/X show "Justified," which was just renewed for a fourth season. The episode, titled "Loose Ends," stars Timothy Olyphant....

Adrian Niles Crafts Gritty Memphis Blues Sound

Adrian Niles has been a regional sensation for years and is about to release his sixth album Roll & Move. Now that he’s opening for Traffic’s Dave Mason, the Ohio rocker and his band will get a chance to play their Memphis-style blues to a wider audience....