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Bay Area ‘Arhoolie’ bluestrio HowellDevine

Bay Area ‘Arhoolie’ blues trio HowellDevine

The legendary Arhoolie Records label was and is the home of some of greatest country blues musicians around. Lightnin’ HopkinsBlack Ace and Mance Limbscomb, for example all recorded for this label. Since 2012 there is a  new member of the Arhoolie records roster,  Blues trio  HowellDevine .

Hill Country blues tradition

HowellDevine is based in the San Fransisco Bay area and is bringing us a mixture of all kinds of blues in the hill country tradition. You have to listen for yourself to experience the real vibe of the sound. But to get a taste of this music you got to know the grooves are sometimes hypnotic and above you will find a tight mixture of some harmonica and guitar virtuosity.

Sounds Like: Country Blues | Sonny Terry & Brownie Mc Ghee | R. L Burnside | Junior Kimbrough | Davis Coen | Arhoolie Records 

Covers of classic blues songs

The band covered some classic songs like Muddy Waters’ “I Can’t Be Satisfied”. Another song “I Won’t be Long Now” will remind you of the work from Reverend Gary Davis’. I directly thought of Davis’  hit “I am the Light”. HowellDevine’s “She Brought Life Back To The Dead”  contains some fine harmonica which grooves like old Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee songs.  “Let You Go” another cool song, contains a chorus you dig, the lyric part “one of these days..” keeps spinning in your head.

Those who love harmonica should definitely listen to “Woogie Man”, a harmonica song built on a jazzy bass line and jazzy rhythms. HowellDevine throws you back to the heydays of Hill country blues and let you enjoy the true meaning of this music!

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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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“I shall not be moved” Folkloric masterpiece – Mississippi John Hurt

Mississippi John Hurt – I Shall Not Be Moved

I Shall Not Be Moved is a special song in several ways, I heard this song for the first time in the HBO tv series Deadwood and put on repeat a whole lot of time since then. Mississippi John Hurt is an excellent guitarist, but his vocals in this song really do it for me.

According to internet’s biggest encyclopedia “The folkoric song describes how the singer “shall not be moved” because of their faith in God. Secularly, as “We Shall Not Be Moved” it gained popularity as a Civil Rights Movement, protest, and union song

I’m on my way to heaven, I shall not be moved
I’m on my way to heaven, I shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s planted by the water
I shall not be moved

 

mississippi John HurtPhoto: This is a 1965 recording of “Mississippi” John Hurt singing, “Lonesome Valley” on the TV program, “Rainbow Quest”.

Million Dollar Quartet – I Shall Not Be Moved

Also The Million Dollar Quartet, (Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins & Johnny Cash). Recorded “I Shall Not Be Moved”. The song was naturally transformed into a rock n roll version. It was art of a hiatorical recording at Sun Studio on Tuesday, December 4, 1956.

‘I Shall Not Be Moved’ CHARLEY PATTON

In late November early December of 1929 Charley Patton was the first known artist to record “I Shall Not Be Moved.

I shall not, I shall not be moved
I shall not, I shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s planted by the water
I shall not be moved

I’m on my way to heaven, I shall not be moved
I’m on my way to heaven, I shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s planted by the water
I shall not be moved

Oh preacher, I shall not be moved
Oh preacher, I shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s planted by the water
I shall not be moved

I’m sanctified and holy, I shall not be moved
Sanctified and holy, I shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s planted by the water
I shall not be moved

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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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