Blues Spotlight

Hoping for “peace and understanding, all around the world.” Keb’ Mo’ and Taj Mahal

“On my way, you’ll never turn me back now, nothing left to do, hallelu, I’m on my way” Luke Winslow King.


“The world is full of clutter, and it’s in the way.” The Rides, Virtual World

Charlie Parr – nice resonator version of Needed Time

“We all gotta be careful how we treat one another.” Buddy Guy

Luther Dickinson – Up Over Yonder. “We all meet again in the sweet by & by…”

Jeffrey Foucault with the Jessie Mae Hemphill song, Jesus Will Fix It For You.  – “all you gotta do is call.”

“It ain’t over the day you die..
This life is more than flesh and bones
Find out now before you’re gone.”

From Luther Dickinson’ superb new album, Blues and Ballads. Ain’t No Grave, featuring Mavis Staples

Watch from about 2 mins in. Great fun…

From her excellent new album, Shemekia Copeland with Lord, Help the Poor & Needy

2 minutes of spell-binding, bluesy spiritual. Mother Hazel sings “When I Get Home.”

“May we find in our togetherness honest joy.” Kelly Joe Phelps

Now this is just wonderful: John Lee Hooker & Van Morrison. The Healing Game

Slide guitarist extraordinaire, Martin Harley with Nobody’s Fault But Mine

This is nothing short of fabulous: LaTosha Brown – I Know I Been Changed

Prodigal Son by Rev. Robert Wilkins, here covered by the Rolling Stones. “I believe I’ll ride… believe I’ll go back home…”

JP Soars with “Somethin’ Ain’t Right,” Powerful video about homelessness, with some shocking statistics right at the end

“Have compassion on everyone you meet…you do not know what wars are going on, down there where the spirit meets the bone…” Lucinda Williams

From his new album, Luke Winslow-King’s Everlasting Arms. Wonderful stuff.

Love will have it’s day / I ain’t givin’ up on love. The wonderful Stevie Ray Vaughan

And I’m just like you, Sometimes I get the blues
Every day cannot be a sunny day
My sisters, my brothers, if we lean on one another.
Just watch all the clouds disappear

Paul Thorn: Everybody Needs Somebody, from his excellent new album, Too Blessed to be Stressed

The wonderful Carolyn Wonderland, with Judgment Day Blues

Fabulous version of People Get Ready – Jo Harman, Lisa Mills, Brett Lucas

Heritage Blues Orchestra with Get Right Church

The excellent Grainne Duffy with Test of Time from her new album

Parker Millsap’s send-up of a certain type of religion: Truck Stop Gospel

Eric Bibb with Rev Gary Davis’s I Heard the Angels Singing

Janiva Magness with Paul Thorn’s Things Left Undone

Kaz Hawkins again with “Hallelujah Happy People.” So good…

The wonderful Kaz Hawkins from Ireland with Better Days

Kelly Joe Phelps with Robert Johnson’s Hellhound on My Trail

Excellent re-mastered version of Blind Willie Johnson’s Trouble Will Soon be Over, with cool video

Swedish artist Bottleneck John’s All Around Man is one of Down at the Crossroads’ Best Blues Album of the Year, 2013. Here his is with a wonderful version of Mississippi Fred McDowell’sYou Got to Move.

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa’s Seesaw is one of Down at the Crossroads’ Best Blues Album of the Year, 2013. Here they are with “Strange Fruit.” A terrible, but necessary reminder of the suffering of African Americans during the Jim Crow period in the Southern States.

Jo Harman’s Dirt on My Tongue is one of Down at the Crossroads’ Best Blues Album of the Year. Here she is with the Song of the Year: Sweet Man Moses

Quite possibly the last of the great holy blues street singers, Rev. Pearly Brown was born August 18, 1915, in Abbeville, GA. Blind from birth, he grew up in Americus, GA, where he reportedly learned to play guitar at the age of seven. As a young man he began to busk on the streets in Americus, eventually moving on to Macon, where he was a fixture on the streets for several decades. His repertoire drew heavily on Blind Willie Johnson, whose slide style he made his own. Like Johnson, he played a kind of blues gospel, singing spirituals and what Brown called “slave songs.” Rumor has it that he mentored both Duane Allman and Dickey Betts on the slide guitar. A young Lucinda Williams saw him perform on the street and it was through him she first learned of Blind Willie Johnson.

It’s time for love, it’s time for peace, it’s time for was to cease. Eddie Clearwater hits the nail on the head…

Mavis Staples with “Eyes on the Prize”

Nina Simone, 1963, in the wake of the murder of Medgar Evers and four little girls were killed in the bombing of a church in Birmingham. “Hound dogs on my trail/Schoolchildren sitting in jail/Black cat cross my path/I think every day’s gonna be my last”

Brother, don’t you get worried, for the work is almost done…Luke Winslow King with Keep your lamps trimmed and burning

Robert Randolph and the Slide Brothers present an album of sacred steel music. It is fabulous. Here’s one of the songs:

The amazing Beth Hart with Ray Charles’ Sinners Prayer

Luther Dickinson plays Blind Willie Johnson’s Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning

Ian Siegal with The Revelator (John the apostle)

‘Cause I want to get right with God

Yes, you know you got to get right with God. Lucinda Williams’ Get right with God

This is just sensational. Ashley Cleveland with Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning

Buddy Miller – Shelter me Lord underneath your wings

The wonderful Tedeschi Trucks Band – Bound for Glory

Carolyn Wonderland sings Judgment Days Blues

Owen Campbell, young blues artist from Australia, with Sunshine Road, off his new album. Good slide player, wonderful voice. Enjoy

Dion sings the blues! Check out this very cool, life-affirming rap from his latest album, Tankful of Blues

The White House All Stars

Brooks Williams plays “Weeping Willow Blues” in No Alibis Bookstore, Belfast.

For our first spotlight on the blues, here’s the great B.B. King telling us why he sings the blues.


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