Pokey LaFarge no retro music. American music that never died
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→
Blues has always been the basis of modern music. Since music developed the genre expanded, but the style is still recognizable in a whole lot of ways. In the sixties the Rolling Stones, highly influenced by the blues took the stage, in the seventies Led Zeppelin joined, and in the eighties Slash brought the blues feeling with him in Guns ‘n Roses. A band that knows roots in today’s music and produce the fruits is Radio Moscow. A group of guys that know how to play the 1-4-5 schemes of the blues..
Imagine a big stage with a wall of Marshall amplifiers, a backline of trumpets, a crowd already dancing. In front of the stage an impressive 6ft7 figure wearing a red smoking, a yellow Gibson Flying V around his neck that looks like a toy, and a pipe that acts as a personal smoke machine. No this is no Guns ‘n Roses or Rolling Stones concert, it is the way Albert King did it.
Stax Records Albert King
He didn’t made fame in Chicago at the Chess family or in Mississippi alongside the delta Bluesman, Albert King was a Memphis made musician at Stax Records. The Label that produced many hits inter alia ‘Green Unions’ by Booker T and the MG’s or the work of Isaac Hayes, Little Milton and of the main persona of this Blog, Albert King.
Albert the preacher
Faced the crowd
Have the blues”
Can You feel it
Soul, Funk and Blues
The traditional steam train blues wasn´t Albert´s thing, He started as a percussionist playing for Jimmy Reed. The rhythmic part of his later music has always been his trademark in my opinion. Songs like ´ Born Under a Bad Sign´, or ´She Caught the Katy´ are based on the bass and drum like in mostly all of the by Stax created hits. Put on that a Flying V guitar flavour presented by King himself.
In Session with Stevie Ray Vaughn
He cooperated with a lot of blues guitarist like Stevie Ray Vaughn, a session between the two greats was recorded called ´In Session´. Especially for Guitarist this 90 minute during jam is a must see.
Albert King Covers
King also covered a lot of songs in his own funky and soulful bluesstyle. I really like his version of Honky Tonk Woman. Another must listen of the 250 or 300 pound guitar great is ´Tupelo´. One of his rare traditional Blues songs, recorded with Pops Staples & Steve Cropper.
Albert King and his Notorious Flying V
Blues was mostly made in Mississippi or Chicago, The Roots lay in Mississippi, and you can say the Fruits were made In Chicago. That principle doesn’t count for Albert King. This bigman is mostly known for the way he plays on his notorious Gibson Flying V. A man with a soulful voice, a rhythmic backline, Albert King a Stax records bluesman was a great musician.
In some way we all want to go back to the days the juke joints were full of people. blues, rock n roll and soul was the music everybody listened to. The pubs were dark, full of smoke and moonshine whiskey. We dream about the days the blues started in Mississippi a while before Chicago became it’s renewed capital and the blues revival was just a strange term.
Juke Joint Pimps
Today most of the artist everybody admired ain´t here no more. We got a new generation of musician in the United States but also a lot in Europe. A band I recently crossed during a night of blues were the Juke Joint Pimps, a two man band from the Koln area in Germany.
Chicago, Delta, Swamp, Hillbilly Blues
T-Man and Mighty Mike rock since 2003 the through Europe with a mix of Chicago, Delta Swamp and Hillbilly Blues. Songs of the Juke Joint Pimps are, as it should be energetic with groovy guitar, swinging harmonica and steady beats. The Juke Joint Pimps are easy to listen to.
Over the years these guys performed in over a dozen countries. Their latest album “Boogie the Church Down” was released in 2011.
The ingredients for a good Rock n Roll show are simple: a howlin’ voice, a screaming guitar, a steady beat, a crowd of crazy people and the finest liquor around. It was back in the day of the Chitlin´ Circuit the way to do it, and it is now. Reign Wolf aka Jordan Cook is a man that knows how to give a show like that. He recently released his album In The Dark in December.
In The Dark
In The Dark is a combination of Hardrock, Blues and Jimi Hendrix Guitar. On his website he explains it all for us: F*ckin’ REIGNWOLF is invading the streets unleashing throaty soulful howls, bleeding guitars plugged into smokey half stacks, and stomping on a vintage Ludwig bass drum. Thank you Reignwolf.
Reignwolf and the Reign man
It has been a while since I heard a band sound like Reignwolf. It is the Jimi Hendrix guitar, the Psychedelic Chicago Bluesbreak and the deep drums mixed into a whiskey from Seattle. Besides The Reign man , NBA legend Shawn Kemp, we can conclude that Reignwolf is the other dominant and powerful man in the Northwest.
Reignwolf live music
Reignwolf performed at many festivals this year, but I think his act also fits fine in a small pub. The smaller gigs where you got little space to tear down the venue. Listening to the music of Reignwolf, you know you´re gonna have a good time.