Category Archives: Country Blues

Country Blues revival by Davis Coen

Country Blues revival by Davis Coen

Hailin’ from the Memphis, TN~area Guitarist and singer-songwriter Davis Coen brings some great contemporary country-blues. His voice reminds me of the true blues songs of Eric Clapton and his arrangements of the traditional Delta and Country blues artist such as Son House, Bukka White and Junior Kimborough. But above all Davis Coen lets the country blues revive like no other.

Experienced bluesman from the Memphis area

Coen is an experienced artist who has been touring the U.S. since his teens, either as a solo guitar and vocal act, or commonly accompanied by bass and drums configuration (Coen Bio). Throughout the Southeast and mid-south, you will see him perform at bars, clubs and festivals. Most recent he made his entrance at the historic King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas. Also fans in Europe can enjoy Coen’s performances where he toured several times.

Nine blues album releases Davis Coen

“BLues from the Get Down”, is a great album filled with harmonica country blues songs. Listen to “Ozone Park Cemetary” to get the feeling of Cons style. Also “D.E.A. Blues” is a treasure of this album. I hear the influence of Kimborough on this song. Since starting Davis Coen has released nine albums.

 

Off the June 2012 album release, ‘Hard Luck Cafe,’ the song “Mile After Mile” was written & performed by Davis Coen (Shadyville South/ ASCAP). iMovie created by Grace Askew. Footage shot in Como, MS at Delta Recording Services and shot by Grace Askew.

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Interview | Melbourne Based The New Savages

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 The New Savages: addictive grooves on slow blues riffs.

Hailing from deep down Melbourne The New Savages built their reputation by digging out long lost grooves from pre WWII era blues music. The New Savages make an art of creating addictive grooves on slow blues riffs.

When you close your eyes it will remind you of Skip James and Lightnin’ Hopkins . The vocals of leadsinger Milan Milutinovic naturally become part of a blues groove that transforms into a Delta, Hill Country or Bentonia blues song. Behind the guitar groove created by Milan lies the influence of drummer Nathan Power, who developed his swinging playin’ style in numerous Jazz outfits.

Steps on the Australian Blues ground

This is good music and like a fast train coming these guys set a bigger foot on the muddy bluesground of Australa every day. Leadsinger Milan tells enthousiastic about The New Savages that was formed originally in 2012. It is only since October 2014 that Milan and Nathan are performing as a duo.

“As soon as I started playing Blues”

I formed The New Savages almost as soon as I started playing blues guitar, right after I got really fascinated by Son House and open G tuning. I tried learning death letter blues and failed so I created my own blues song called Grey Faced Woman (To this day I still don’t know what a grey faced woman is) and an acapella song called Rosie which was inspired by the prison songs that I heard Alan Lomax record. This was about three years ago.

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Great modern Country Blues: Mr Hokum’s Gondola Blues

Great modern Country Blues: Mr Hokum’s Gondola Blues

I’m looking forward seeing Mr. Hokum perform his country and piedmont blues live on stage in my local bar café De Bel. I expect the tapping on the tables would begin after a few seconds while we would listen to songs like ‘Steam Engine Train’ and ‘Frankie’. Waking up this morning with Mr Hokum’s the ‘Gondola Blues’ and ‘Blake’s Rag’ I had an impression of the work of this New Orleans musician in a few minutes. It was enough to just kept listening all day.

Finger-style Country blues guitarist

Jason Lawrence from New Orleans is also known as Mr Hokum a finger-style country blues guitarist you might also know as a member of bands like The Hokum High Rollers or The Loose Marbles. Gondola Blues is the first solo album of Lawrence. I absolute recommend listening to this album. Find it here..

Mr. Hokum will remind you of Blind Blake, Blind Willie Mc Tell, Mississippi John Hurt and Jesse and Bind Boy Fuller. It is the Folk, the Ragtime, The Country blues that run through Mr Hokum and his music. The music is digging deeper, it digs good.

The Hokum High Rollers

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Credit Feature photo: Original Bandcamp.com picture Mr. Hokum. Credits to Mr. Hokum and phothographer of the picture.

With the Hokum High Rollers you will discover a more Jazzy, Swinging and Western style of blues music. Here and there you will find the Cajun and Bluegrass inspiration of this band. The High Rollers explain their history easily: “Hokum’ has been honing there craft on the streets of the French Quarter to smoky bars, festival stage, private events, vaudeville showcases and everything in between since 2011”

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Pure music of Blind Boy Chocolate &The Milk Sheiks

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Pure music of Blind Boy Chocolate & The Milk Sheiks

Blind Boy Chocolate & The Milk Sheiks is a band that plays blues, ragtime, jazz or bluegrass in the style of the jug bands of the early twentieth century. These Guys started in the summer of 2009 as a three piece band with Dwight Hawkins, Nicholas Marshall and Antone Costa primarily featuring the wood saw, mandolin and guitar respectively.

The love for old blues, jazz and ragtime brought these guys together, their love for music would soon be turned into performing together. A show of these guys, wherever it is in your local pub or on the streets is full of good energy swinging rhythm and please focus on the wood saw which adds a pervasive melody.

My Gal Sal

 

 

 

 

After a half a year of heavy busking, the band gained momentum and began to play inside venues as well as on the sidewalk. Since then, Alex Brady has come into the ranks on the gut bucket bass, though other members have come in and out of the band as time and circumstances permitted.

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Revival of the Delta Country Blues Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band

Revival of the Delta Country Blues Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band

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During the 30s and 40 the Blues sound we all know was a result of the lack of electricity Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson just had their acoustic guitar, drums and maybe a washboard, Son House had it too. It was the blues with a feeling, right from the soul. These days the early clean blues sound of Patton and Johnson returns a lot because of  modern Hillbilly, Bluegrass and Country Blues bands.  Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is one of them. These Indiana musicians make it easy for us: clean blues music combined with Hillbilly rhythm.

How Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band does it? Well that’s easy, these guys are roaring out of the southern Indiana Foothills playing a brand of Americana and Blues that stands alone. Put two ’30s National guitars, a cigar box guitar, a custom shop Gibson flattop 1929 L2 and an Airline map electric guitar together with a great speachin’ voice.

Rev Payton’s band and ethic

The Rev. J. Peyton, his wife Breezy and Ben “Bird Dog” Bussell are a living breathing embodiment of the traditions and hard work ethic native to their Brown County, Indiana home. The growl of a good truck engine, the fiercest passion for his country home and family and an uncanny ability to breathe new life into old forms of music give them a pedigree many Americana acts would kill for.

Reverend Payton’s Album Release

Rev Payton released eight albums over the years. The Pork and Beans Collection their first album is a delta kind of Blues album with as we can expect a Hillbilly flavour. Over the years Rev Payton electrified a little bit, it doesn’t change the style, feeling, attitude and sound of their music. Rev Payton stays  a musician you will like to listen to while sitting in your car, on the grass or at the bar. It is drinkin’ music while tapping your shoe on the floor. Their latest album is from 2012 called between the Ditches, listen to Devils Look Like Angels especially!

For Blues fans Peyton on Patton is a must listen, an exclusive album full of Charlie Patton Covers. As a real musician should be, Peyton´s Big Damn Band put their own flavour on top of Patton´s songs.

Modern revival of the Blues Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band

Reverend Payton’s Big Damn band is one of the bands that contribute to the revival of early twentieth century music we all love. It is great to see musicians who bring songs with soul and put a honest feeling back into music. A big stage or the backyard, for Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band is doesn’t matter playing music is pure god damn fun, and that is what you hear.

Reverend Payton’s Big Damn Band Spotify

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – The Money Goes

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. Don’t Grind It Down

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – I Don’t Know

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – Shake ’em Off Like Fleas

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Pokey LaFarge No retro music. American music that never died

Pokey LaFarge no retro music. American music that never died

Pokey LaFarge 2012 Reutlingen Photo by GuyFrancis
Pokey LaFarge 2012 Reutlingen Photo by GuyFrancis

We’re going back to the thirties of the twentieth century when Robert Johnson was still alive. Son House performed over the southern states and Muddy Waters was still working at the Stovall Plantation in Mississippi. Blues has always been there, even now musicians cross the road of the blues scene. One of the musician we caught playing traditional roots music nowadays is Pokey LaFarge, a thirty year old bluesman. Continue reading Pokey LaFarge No retro music. American music that never died

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