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Luke Wislow King: I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always

Luke Wislow King: I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always 

Packed with a guitar and a whole lot of roots instruments Luke Winslow-King brings a mixture of vintage folk, blues and roots on his latest album I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always, his fifth album and third for Bloodshot Record.

Musical Roadtrip throug American roots

His music is like a roadtrip and Luke Winslow-King travels through the states to pick the finest roots of American music for his songs. “Act Like You Love Me”, the first stop in this journey will remind you of the Chicago Blues through its rhythm and the incredible slide guitar which reminds of the late Elmore James.  “Esther Please”, contains the southern blues close to Hill Country Louisiana and New Orleans. A different song musically but like most of his song recognizable in the vocal part.

The songs on this album are all nicely arranged. Luke Winslow King has a very approachable voice which fits all the different genres of his music. Because if one thing is shure Winslow is a all-round musician.

New Orleans to Memphis and Chicago to Michigan

On his website Luke tells just like you hear it about his musical travel: “It pulses through LWK’s geographical stomping grounds, starting with the pre-war jive of New Orleans, travelling the bloodlines that flow along the Mississippi River toward the Delta bottleneck-slide, and the funky meter of Memphis R&B. Further north, it takes a right for an infusion of greasy Chicago blues, and arrives at the headwaters of his birthplace in rural Michigan for some tell-‘em-like-it-is confessionals”.

I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always is written and recorded while Luke and his band toured in Italy in 2015. After the tour they finished it in New Orleans’s Parlor Studio.

In Luke Winslow Kings music you will hear the influence of a lot musicians in the blues, roots and folk genre. think of artist like Ry Cooder, Bonnie Riatt, but also Elmore James and R.L. Burnside. now and then you will hear influences of Emmylou Harris or Waylon Jennings.

I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always is a great new album and a pleassure to listen on almost every day. follow and learn more about Luke Winslow King on his website or Facebook.

Luke Winslow King – No More Crying Today

Photo credit: Press kit Luke Winslow King – Bloodshot Records

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Old American Ragtime by the G Burns Jug Band’s

Old American Ragtime by the G Burns Jug Band’s

The G Burns Jug Band  brings you back to old America of 20s and 30s, to the  string bands, the heavy fiddle music and  blues songs from women like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith. Expect happy up-tempo traditional songs with bluegrass, roots and folk influences of this group.

“Music with an intensity and authenticity rarely heard today: urban Blues, mountain fiddle, and popular music of the nineteen-twenties and thirties.”

This music is very enjoyable and unique for the multiple instruments. The mixed vocals make the band able to perform a whole lot of song in a different style and with different soul. This is  vintage American modern music at his best if you ask me.

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St. Louis Garage Rock with a bluesy angle By Miss Molly Simms

Garage Rock with a bluesy angle Miss Molly Simms

She has an interest in old 78’s, ancient hollow body guitars, saint louie, strange people, the past, sad country tunes, raunchy blues and brings us fantastic garage, blues country inspired music. Miss Molly Simms from Saint Louis is known for her roughneck operatic voice which packs a lungful of dusty soul. Miss Molly Simms can sweep the floor with tender.

Studio Album Borrowed and Sold

In April 2016 she released  “Borrowed and Sold” which is an easy listenable album filled with solid guitar riffs, catchy choruses and above all noticeble for the attractive voice of Miss Molly Simms. his is her third pressing and second full lenght album.  “Estella”, the opening song is maybe the best example to show how Simms’ voice takes you away. Like in Wanda Jacksons “funnel of love”, this is the instrument you want to hear in the song.

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Song of the Day: Henry Thomas – Fishin’ Blues

Song of the Day: Henry Thomas – Fishin’ Blues

In the North East of Texas lays the town of Big Sandy. It is a small town near to the Sabine River, Folk Bluesman Henry Thomas was born here. In 1928 he recorded the catchy folk blues songs ‘Fishin’Blues’ which is inspiring for ragtime guitar enthusiasts.

Texas Ragtime Style

Thomas played a combination of folk and blues which was called Texas Ragtime. But Thomas did a whole lot more: He recorded 24 sides for Vocalion Records between 1927 and 1929, 23 of which were released. They include reels, gospel songs, minstrel songs, ragtime numbers, and blues. He inspired Bob Dylan and was covered by numerous artist including folk group The Lovin’ Spoonful  in 1965,

interpretation of Fishin’ Blues

In When We Were Good: The Folk Revival by Robert Cantwell, he described that the song may have been written differently. Because in blues fishin’, like a hound dog refers to a female figure. The songs could have   a more sexual context.  The recorded version nevertheless is about fishin’ for fish in the river at one o’clock in the afternoon.

Yes, you’ve been fishin’ all the time.
I’m a-goin’ a-fishin’ too.
I bet your life your lovin’ wife.
Catch more fish than you.
Any fish bite, got good bait.
Here’s a little somethin’ I would like to relate.
Any fish bite, you’ve got good bait.
I’m a-goin’ a-fishin’, yes, I’m goin’ a-fishin’,
I’m a-goin’ a-fishin’ too.

Taj Mahal – Fishin’ Blues

Photo credit By Not specified, owned by John F. Kennedy library [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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Full-lenght debutalbum “The Devil” by Indy

Australian Folk and Blues by slide guitarist Indy

Folkblues singer-songwriter Indy from Australia recently released his full-length debut album ‘The Devil’ on Bandcamp. This record features Indy’s unique, driving slide-guitar, powerful vocals and dark undertones, all creating a wild-west style soundtrack. 

I like the use of the bottleneck on Indy’s album. A Blues song played on a guitar with a slide or a bottleneck creates one of the finest blues grooves around. Elmore James and Hound Dog Taylor sho’ knew how to play that kind of songs. Indy built his riffs and composition around the bottleneck in almost every song.

Indy writes meaningfull lyrics that embody the blues feeling. In it’s own way it could remind you of the diaspore of delta. The scream for a better life.

C’Mon Let’s Ride – Lyrics

My baby
So black
She hang me up
For my stack
Black coffee
No cigar
Black nails
In my heart

Learn more about Indy on the Bandcamp page.

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