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From Sonny Boy Williamsons II first album: The dark lyrics of “Your Funeral, My Trial”

Well, the swinging rhythms and virtuous harmonica might indicate this is a happy song, but Sonny Boy Williamson’s II “Your Funeral, My Trial”,  is a  gangsta rap kind of song. It was recorded on his debut album Down and Out Blues and released on Checker records in 1959.

King of the Harmonica

Sonny Boy Williamson has always been a mysterious figure.  That gives in some way a romantic side to his story. We are not sure when he was born and also his birth name is uncertain.  But we do know that Williamson was one hell of a harmonica player. Multiple songs show his gifted talent and dedication to this instrument.  His hit song “Nine Below Zero” is a perfect example of why they called him the king of the Harmonica.

 “Please come home to your daddy, and explain yourself to me
Because I and you are man and wife, tryin’ to start a family
I’m beggin’ you baby, cut out that off the wall jive
If you can’t treat me no better, it gotta be your funeral and my trial”

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Swinging the Blues with one man band “Hot Nasho and the Himself Orchestra

He Hails from southern Spain and calls himself Hot Nasho and Himself Orchestra. This one man band blues brother recovers songs of old bluesmen and other tunes from the 20´s to 60´s  in the blues, ragtime, swing and Rock n Roll genre.  This music swings, grooves and is a pleasure to listen to! 

One man band the “Himself Orchestra”

You might have heard Hot Nasho with his main project as “one man band” (Hot Nasho and himself orchestra). As a one man band, he has recorded two self-produced album. The debut album, “All packed to go”, appeared in 2012, and three years later published the second one, “Right from wrong”.

Daredevil love — Hot Nasho and himself orchestra

New Album Hot Nasho “Lain Down Thinking”

Now, you can find his third album “Lain down thinking” which includes only his original compositions. This album contains a mix of instrumental songs like “Winding Road” and lyrically groove songs like “Daredevil Love”.

Hot Nasho and Himself Orchestra – Pretty Sinner Baby

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The best Hill Country Blues to Dark Americana on NEW album of The Hooten Hallers

The Hooten Hallers are specialists if it comes to hillbilly blues with a happy sound. The Columbia, MO trio are known for hard-traveling and wild, energetic live shows, criss-crossing their way through North America and Europe with their seemingly endless tour schedule. Last year they released their latest EP Mountain of Pain in 2016 and are back with a new record called “Hooten Hallers”.

The Hooten Hallers 2016 EP Mountain of Pain

Hooten Hallers Band Press Photo site
Hooten Hallers Band Press Photo site

“Methamphetamine Romance features some of the “finest New Orleans blues influences. You might think Dr. John  visited the studio to record this song alongside the Hooten Hallers. Like most of their songs, “16 Gallons” also contains happy grooves. The lyrics are like most blues good songs about finding your woman with another man,

When The Hooten Hallers come to town, you know it’s gonna be a party!

Hit song  “40 Oz to Memphis”

“Six Feet To The Ground” is maybe the bluesiest song you’ll find on Mountain of Pain. It may remind you of the slower songs  Howlin’ Wolf made back in the day. The hit of this album for me is “40 Oz to Memphis” which contain unlike other songs a leading violin tune. The melodic duo vocals are most hearable in the catchy “40 Oz to Memphis” chorus.

Hooten Hallers Influences from blues to dark Americana

The band self-describes “the myriad of influences in their music range from pre-war blues to punk rock to dark Americana, with a thematic penchant for the strange and the unexplained. In the same vein, the Hooten Hallers’ music isn’t quite Americana and it’s not quite punk, but a bit of both, fused together in a drunken tangle”.

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SEE: Jesse Redwing Mixing best of sixties blues into a enjoyable long drink!

Jesse Redwing grew up on punk, found inspiration in the likes of Peter Green, John Mayall, Eric Burdon, Eric Clapton and the Stones, then took a step back to “the real shit”: Chess Records, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Buddy Guy and Willie Dixon.

Jesse Redwing mixing best of Blues, Punk and Rock

Inspired by the best British Blues and US Blues musicians of the twentieth century Jesse Redwing knows how to deliver Blues inspired Rock songs like “Comin’ On” and “Crawlin’ Up The Walls”.  Especially “Comin’ On” really digs deep and is most recognizable for its brilliant harmonica solo.

His music is clearly influenced by the best rock and blues musicians of the sixties. Listen below to get the groove!

“I wasn’t born to the blues, but it found me somehow and now there’s no turning back,”

Comin’ on

Crawlin’Up The Walls

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Soul Filled Rhythm and Gospel how we Like It Most! Rev. Sekou & the Holy Ghost’

You may call him the new voice of Soul. His voice digs deep through your veins and his live performance is a show to remember. Do You get the feeling I’m describing: Reverend Sekou and the Holy Ghost brings beautiful soul filled rhythm and blues, added with funk and gospel to your house, bar or festival.

His grandfather played piano in juke joints for the legends including B.B. King, Albert King, and Louis Jordan. Rev Sekou, together with his band is continuing the legacy or -family-tradition- of his grandfather.

The Band Rev. Sekou and the Holy Ghost

Writer, producer and lead vocalist Rev. Sekou is a third-generation Pentecostal preacher and long-time organizer, author, and activist, grounded in the traditions of liberation theology. Beside him stands the Arkansas Delta Blues Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jay-Marie Hill (she/they) is a Black y Boricua genderQueer activist, teacher, and renegade born and raised in the Oakland Bay Area.

Next, you have Jay-Marie who works to deconstruct, liberate and recreate possibility through work at the intersections of youth, Black art, and radical activism. This band brings much more than jest very good songs. They all have a mission and extend it among other things through their music.

Debut Album release in 2016: “The Revolution Has Come”

Well, now we got to the point of their music; their debut album “The Revolution has Come” was released in January 2016. They describe their sound as: “The sound of Rev. Sekou & the Holy Ghost is a symphony of gospel, blues, soul, funk and freedom songs laced with sanctified blues and lyrics that range from religious to risqué”, and that pretty much includes their sound well.

Rev. Sekou – Resist – 5/5/2017 – Paste Studios, New York, NY

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