Elvis Presley died today 40 years ago. He’s a cultural icon of the 20th century and often referred to as the King of Rock ‘n Roll. Elvis Presley LP’s are still today everywhere. Besides his singing career, he was also quite an actor.
Fighting-scene Elvis movie Loving You
I always enjoy the fighting scene in the 1957 movie Loving You. Elvis referred to as “Side Burns” is being challenged to sing one of his songs. After a while, they convince the King to sing one of his hits. As a fee, Elvis wants a new pair of seat covers in his car. Then the fights starts!
Rock ‘n Roll band J. Roddy Walston & The Business released their first new song in four years titled “The Wanting”. Over the years these guys performed all over the USA where they made name for themselves with their wild live shows!
Rock ‘n Roll songs and wild live shows!
With fantastic songs like “Don’t Break The Needle”, “Don’t Get Old”, “Take It As It Comes” and “Marigold” they showed how to bring creative Southern Rock ‘n Roll with a totally unique sound. Therefore it isn’t strange these guys have a big group of loyal fans. and I’m one of them.
J. Roddy Walston & The Business“The Wanting”
New J. Roddy Walston & The Business Album this fall
The band’s forthcoming record came to life in their own Richmond, VA recording studio and was co-produced by the band and Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, Built To Spill). It will be released this fall.
“I personally fell in love with writing music again,” Walston explained. “It took awhile but once I realized I had room to try things that I had never tried before, I became addicted to the process.” “The Wanting” describes the relationship of an estranged father and son: “Even though it is a dark song with a brutal ending, I find hope and beauty in the idea of these two people that had a shared sense of both regret and longing for each other.”
Piano Rock ‘n Roll
I’m looking forward hearing more songs from the upcoming album, but “The Wanting” shows promising. There ain’t that many bands that can bring unique Rock ‘n Roll music these days with piano as one of the main instrument so hopefully, we are going to hear that back on the new record like we did over the years!
Today terrible news came out in the world of Rock ‘n’ Roll; Chuck Berry the father of Rock ‘n’ Roll died at age of 90. All over the web you find beautiful contributions to his music and life. Chuck Berry is also a huge inspiration for Black Bull Blues. With his music he influenced many musicians. I made up a little list with Chuck Berry favorites.
Viva Rock ‘n’ Roll is a true dance classic. This song fits every setlist in a bar, concert venue or house party. The tight guitar riff is amazing, but above all Chucks vocals really make this song. Viva Rock ‘n’ Roll was released on his 1971 album San Fransisco dues by Chess Records.
“There’s only one true king of rock ‘n’ roll. His name is Chuck Berry.”
— Stevie Wonder –
Viva Rock ‘n’ Roll
Berry recorded many great songs and logically the movie world featured some of his songs. The 1994 Cult classic Pulp Fiction is one of the movies that featured a Chuck Berry song. Pulp Fiction is a fantastic movie and one of the funniest scenes is the ‘dance’ performance of Vincent and Mia where the dance to “You Never Can Tell”.
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.
Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley Together on “Two Great Guitars”
These two musicians need no introduction. They made both fame at Checker / Chess records and scored multiple hits in the 50s and 60s. Two Great Guitars: Bo Diddley / Chuck Berry is a very nice studio album by labelmates Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry, which was released in August 1964.
Blues & Rock n Roll Session
Chesss Records made it a sort of tradition to let the stars of the label work together. Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and Howlin’ Wolf Would release a few years later in 1968 their album “Super Super Blues Band” which contain some grooving blues songs like “Wrecking My Love”. A year before Bo had recorded an album alongside Muddy and Little Walter called “Super Blues”