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From Chicago to the Hill Country and from Roots to Soul: The divers songs of Trainman Blues

They clearly built their music in the house of blues and took inspiration from all styles in the roots, soul and blues genre before it developed into Rock ‘n’Roll. This results in soulful and bluesy songs with a whole lot of diversity. Trainman Blues is hailing from Copenhagen, Denmark and recently released three singles from their upcoming album. 

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Remembering Elvis Presley’s Fighting Scene in 1957 movie Loving You

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!

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Remembering Rock ‘n’ Roll Legend Chuck Berry

 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”.

“You Never Can Tell” – Pulp Fiction feature

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Album | Okey Dokey by Natural Child full of Southern Rock ‘n’ Roll and Country

Hailin’from the capital of Country, Nashville, Tennessee the boys from Natural Child released their latest album Okey Dokey in september of 2016. The album title might sound like an ode to Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown’s song “Okie Dokie Stomp”, but there is no proof for that. What we do know is that Okey Dokey brings some  fine Southern Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Natural Child Influences from the 70s

Natural Child might refer more to Clarence Gatemouth Brown than you think. Both musicians did not make Blues but are clearly influences by roots and Blues. Like Gatemouth said: ‘I play American music Texas style’. This trio Does the same thinf and you will hear that in Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll songs like ‘B$g P$mpin’, but you will also find folk Blues songs like ‘NSA Blues’ in their repertoire.

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Arhoolie movie Down Home Music

“Without collector Chris Strachwitz, there’d be no record of some of America’s greatest folk music, from zydeco to the Delta blues.”

— San Francisco Chronicle headline

Chris Strachwitz Arhoolie Records

Arhoolie records played a major roll in the development of Folk, Blues, Zydeco, Cajun and Tex-Mex music. Founder Chris Stachwitz always had a lot of love for roots music. So when he started recording his heroes in 1960s the start of one of the best label around was a fact. Stachwitz is a hero for recording the artist he, and we too, like so much. He travelled around the country to find his heroes and in many cases the adventure to finding these musicians is very intersting, danger and funny.

DVD Down Home Music

On the DVD Down Home Music – A Journey Through the Heartland 1963 you will see how in 1963 German filmmaker Dietrich Wawzyn set out to shoot a series of films for German television that took him through the southern US in search of American jazz and roots music. He contacted Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz, who jumped at the chance to join him and share his enthusiasm for regional musical traditions. (source Arhoolie)

Gospel, Blues and Hillbilly music

Wawzyn made three films, dealing with blues, gospel, and hillbilly music. The negatives to those films were lost. This film re-creates the journey from the best elements still available and includes much previously unreleased footage.

This film documentary is absolutely worth watching with a pencil in your hand, because every artist in it, is worth looking up. Musicians such as Clifton Chenier, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, George Lewis, Los Pinguinos, Big Joe Williams, Jesse Fuller, Country Joe McDonald and many more would not have otherwise been heard — or would have been less heard — if it weren’t for Strachwitz’s determination and love for the art.

More from Arhoolie Records…

Visit the Arhoolie Website to find more musicians and also check Chris Strachwitz blog-site. You will find it here.

A World of Down Home Music from Megan R. Orr on Vimeo.

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