Inpired by the Alan Lomax Archive: The Black Gold Sessions
The archive of music historian Alan Lomax is a source of inspiration for many musiclovers, and one of them is Rawand“Ray”Baziany who got inspired to start an unique Roots and Blues project. Hailin’ from the Black Forrest in Germany a group of musician started recording songs from Alan Lomax’ archive like it was 60 years ago in Ray’s Studio under the name Black and Gold Sessions.
Ray started the Black Shack Recording Studio in Calw, Germany in 2012. Over the years they made a name for itself by producing authentic music in the style of the 40s, 50s and 60s. Now they started The Black Gold Sessions. A few weeks ago I spoke with Rawand “Ray” Baziany about the Black and Gold Sessions, the Black Shack Recording Studio and the Black Gold Vinyl Cutting Shop
Interview: The Blues Arcadia “Memphis Soul and Chicago Blues from Stax to Chess”
Hailing from Brisbane Australia The Blues Arcadia combines the legendary soul of Stax and Motown with the power of the Chicago and Memphis Blues. The Blues Arcadia recently released their debut EP and this band brings us especially live some old-fashioned soul stomp revival.
Their cover of Freddie King’s “Big Legged Woman”, for examplee is great and shows this band can groove like the old dogs of blues and soul. This November I spoke with Chris and Alan about their new EP, their inspiration and about the blues scene in Australia.
Trademark song ‘Rockin’ Chair’
To get in the groove of their music you should listen to ‘Rockin’ Chair’, which is a song where all their talent come together. The vocals are clean an bluesy, Alan gets to high notes easily and the rhythm department is tight like the backbone of a band should be. On top of that you get some nice guitar solos.
James Sayer is a pianist, singer / songwriter, session player and recording artist, originally from Birmingham, UK. It were artist like Jerry Lee Lewis and Elton John who inspired him in playing piano Rock n Roll songs. It is a sound James Sayer fits perfectly. He is noteworthy for his tight boogie rhythms and pure voice, you will hear this back perfectly in his cover version of “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On”.
James moved to London in 2012 where he became a gigging musician, performing almost every night in piano bars, clubs and pubs. In London James met American producer, Alan Glass and they started working together in early 2015. He currently works on the recording of his first full length ablum.
Currently recording an album
James Sayer released his debut single “Takin Back My Love” in the summer of 2016. It is now waiting for the release of his full length album which is planned to be in stores in early 2017. I spoke with James about recording, his inspiration, the future and the Music scene in London.
Ben Hemming explores the ‘Broken Man’ on Goth Americana Blues Album
Whether you listen to music on the radio, live or on your record player, a whole lot of songs are based on traditional themes like love. But describing struggles of a human being, or writing poetry about the darker side of humanity is what London based singer-songwriter Ben Hemming does.
Hemming tries to explore what it is to be human and how in the modern age something seems fundamentally missing in day to day life. On his album “Broken Man” you’ll find 13 songs with that atmosphere packed into a dark Goth, Blues and Americana package.
“Broken Man”says a lot about the main concepts of his work and that was a good reason to ask him about his music, influences and signature guitar riffs.
You will like Ben Hemming’s music more every day because there is a lot to discover in each single song from the guitar riffs to the lyrics to the intensity.
What music do you listen at home?
“As far as my musical influences, I love the work of early Bluesmen like Son House or Howling’ Wolf. I aspire to the simplicity of the Blues and how one man with nothing more than a guitar and a voice can express so much about what it is to be alive”.
Classic Rhythm and Blues: Joe Liggins & The Honeydrippers
In the rural post WW II era Joe Liggins made a whole lot of fame at the West Coast. He scored hit after hit with his combo Joe Liggins & The Honeydrippers. In the video above you see Joe performing in Los Angeles in 1983. aT age of seventeen Liggins moved from Oklahoma to San Diego and studied music theory. Joe spent most part of his life in California writing and playing music.
California Rhythm Masters in the Oaks Ballroom
Bruce Schmiechen producer and writer for Bluelight Productions filmed a beautiful interview with Joe Liggins in 1987, just before his death. In this interview he talks about the sensational 1945 hit “The Honeydripper,” his early life and musical inspirations. It is very nice to see Liggins talk about the old days. You feel the joy Liggins has and had in making music.
The interview includes a live version of his classic ” Honeydripper with original saxophonist, Little Willie Jackson. For every songwriter this will be junk food. Start playing a simple bass line, ad a groovy melody, freestyle some lyrics and top with a saxophone tune. That’s how Liggins and the Honeydrippers made their music.
At age of five Joe got interested in music, and started performing. With a little luck a concert pianist offered Liggins’ mother to buy Joe a piano, and she did. Joe managed to teach himself “When the saints go Marchin’ in”. From that song, and a whole lot of time performing in church Liggins became a bluesman.
Photo Credit: Screenshot from the interview ‘Joe Liggins: The Honeydripper’,by Bruce Schmiechen