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Post  misery guts on Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:53 am

Our Musical History - Blues & Beyond, with Cerys Matthews & Val Wilmer
The former is the Catatonia frontwoman who presents a radio show about Blues, the latter a noted photographer who met and snapped many of the greats. They started with Sister Rosetta Tharpe, championed Champion Jack Dupree, made space for Victoria Spivey, Son House and Ali Farka Toure, and were sure to include the usual suspects.

Music Icons: Chuck Berry
Born in October 1926 in St Louis to a middle class family, he was jailed as a teenager for armed robbery. He formed a vocal quartet in reform school, and got married on release. He learned his music craft whilst working several jobs. He was inspired by T-Bone Walker. He brought blues, pop and country together to create rock & roll. Muddy Waters recommended him to Chess Records. Maybellene got the ball rolling, then there was Roll Over Beethoven and Johnny B Goode. He tried movies. Then he did Sweet Little Sixteen. His wife left him over a row about a teenager. Despite these setbacks, and getting ripped off by the Beach Boys, he produced No Particular Place To Go, You Never Can Tell and more. He moved to Mercury Records. The IRS hassled him. He joined the R&R Hall of Fame in 1986. His final album came out in 2016, and he died in 2017.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:21 am

Folk America at the Barbican - Seasick Steve
Despite the title, when a blues player plays tunes like Falling Down Blues and Levee Camp Blues, then that's Blues in my book.
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Post  misery guts on Fri May 10, 2019 7:23 am

John Lee Hooker - The Boogie Man
The story of a ladies man who developed his own sound and won a lot of British musicians over, many of whom were here to sing his praises, such as Keith Richards and Eric Burdon. Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt and Carlos Santana were also vocal supporters. He profited from a late 80s album project of collaborations. Van Morrison took "Baby Please Don't Go" from his back catalogue for a big hit. Burdon covered "Boom Boom". His children were also on board with this piece, a fitting and loving tribute.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:03 am

New Orleans legend Dr John, aka Mac Rebennack, has died of a heart attack at the age of 77  Sad RIP
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Post  misery guts on Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:50 am

Belladrum 2016: Errol Linton

Another source of live performance, the Tartan Heart festival. This half-hour was decent stuff, a bit bluesy.


After a 2nd viewing, I find this should have been put in its proper thread.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:50 am

The South Bank Show Originals: Boogie Woogie
From 1988, when they got Big Joe Duskin in the studio to demonstrate the piano-playing art, and he was so inspired he came up with a tune to reflect it, South Bank Boogie. Paul Jones was interviewed in 2019 to discuss it. It was described as the accessible face of jazz and blues.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:51 am

Music Icons: ZZ Top
Billy Gibbons started out forming a band at school, but ZZ didn't really start until 1969. They needed 3 LPs to start making waves. After an expensive tour, they took a hiatus, and returned on a new label, and soon hit paydirt with Eliminator. They got a spot in Back to the Future III. They moved to RCA in the 90s. They had some mixed fortunes. They reached the R&R HoF in 2004. Billy should turn 70 on Dec 16th.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:07 am

Chuck Berry
Another of Jon Brewer's films, this one from 2018 covered the life, work and death of the "king of rock n roll". St Louis' son was married to Themetta for 69 years, developed his own theme park in Berry Park, but it suffered crowd problems, and he faced legal hassles periodically over the years that a similar white performer would not have done. Many acts spoke up in respect, from Gene Simmons and Alice Cooper, to Wayne Kramer and Jerry Lee Lewis, and even George Thorogood and Nile Rodgers. A much-revered legend.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:44 am

ZZ Top - That Little Ol' Band From Texas
A major effort interviewing all 3 key band members, with a handful of famous fans such as Steve Miller and Josh Homme. The story runs pretty steady up to Eliminator, which was paydirt for them. Sam Dunn directed, I recognise his name from some others he's done.

Music Icons: Chicago Blues
The stories of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Bo Diddley, and how they made such a huge impact, perhaps not least because they wrote their own material, and their sounds have inspired countless others ever since.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:29 am

Legend Of Lead Belly
A 2014 effort relating the tale of the blues man whose real gift was for learning and adapting material, so that House of the Rising Sun and others are partially credited to him because he got them across to others. He made sure to be presentable and sharp when later playing, not clinging to some tawdry costume gimmick. Van Morrison, Roger McGuinn, Judy Collins, Robby Krieger and Joe Boyd were all among the contributors.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:44 am

Later with Jools Holland - Hugh Laurie
Lockdown has curtailed his usual format, so he's doing one-on-ones instead. Laurie brought up the "Walking on Broken Glass" video he and John Malkovich did for Annie Lennox. He found a love for the blues in his childhood, though it wasn't a musical household. He was the youngest of 4, and his first bought record was by Muddy Waters. He met Irma Thomas and recorded with her, and also with Allen Toussaint, whilst working with Elvis Costello. He made a record in New Orleans, and met Dr John in the company of Jools. He brought up Jon Cleary. They finished the show with an instrumental duet on We'll Meet Again.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Aug 31, 2020 7:06 am

Rock N Roll RoadTrip w/Sammy Hagar - Blues and Wine - Aged to Perfection
Sammy visits Mountain Winery, Saratoga to chat with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top legend. Sammy saw his first blues gig in 1965, but Billy inevitably had seen rarer greats. He compared their name with BB King. He has his own brand of tequila. He gives Sammy a ZZ keyring. They chat about guitars, and jam on a couple of tunes. Sammy reflects after how proud he was that Billy played along that much when only a few hours before a show.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Sep 25, 2020 7:11 am

Joe Bonamassa - British Blues Explosion Live
A 2016 outdoors gig at Greenwich, London, Joe and a fine band rattle through their versions of many classics from the heyday (i.e. the 60s) of the BBE. I was glad I stuck out that the titles would come up in the closing credits, I wouldn't have been able to guess them.
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