Tag: blues


The Johnson Mountain Boys – Goodbye to the Blues…

Today I have listened to the music of

LIFE GOES ON -Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (MACC)

at Airplay Direct.

I did especially like the second song form this CD –  GOODBYE TO THE BLUES – Johnson Mountain Boys.

I have made a playlist with performances of the Johnson Mountain Boys

Playlist Johnson Mountain Boys

Wikipedia about the Johnson Mountain Boys: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnson_Mountain_Boys

Here is another great video of this song, played by Brightwater Junction:

Brightwater Junction 2011 – Goodbye To The Blues

Brightwater Junction – 2nd Place 2011 National Single Microphone Championship

Playlist Johnson Mountain Boys by “sc lawman”


Harrison Kennedy – Mandola-Blues

I have recently found a concert with Harrison Kennedy on the CBC Concerts on Demand site. Harrison Kennedy plays mandolin, guitar, banjo, harmonica and he sings.

During the 60s Harrison was a member of The Chairman of the Board and he was very successful:

In 1968 the Detroit POP GROUP “The Chairmen of the Board.” played all the top venues including JOHNNY CARSON’S TONIGHT SHOW, SOUL TRAIN and AMERICAN BANDSTAND and ENGLAND’S “TOP-OF-THE-POPS’, doing our hit, “Gimme Me Just A Little More Time.” C.O.T.B. had performances with B.B. KING, JAMES BROWN, SMOKEY ROBINSON, STEVIE WONDER, FUNKADELICS and more. C.O.T.B. also performed many times at NewYorks Famous HARLEM’S APOLLO THEATRE.

During the last years Harrison Kennedy has mainly sticked to the blues and he has recorde three CDs.

In the beginning Harrison used mainly the guitar or slide guitar to accompany himself, but recently he has discovered the mandolin, banjo and octave mandolin.

Here are some videos with Harrison Kennedy and his octave mandolin:

Harrison Kennedy – Tell the truth and shame the devil

Harrison Kennedy – Real Deal

Harrison Kennedy – Noonday Train

Playlist Harrison Kennedy

Additional Information

Wikipedia about Chairman of the Board: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chairmen_of_the_Board

Homepage Electro-Fi records: http://www.electrofi.com/

Review “Voice Story” 2005: http://www.bluesbox.de/html/reviews/reviews_k/reviews_kennedy.htm

Review “High Country Blues”: http://indangerousrhythm.blogspot.com/2008/03/harrison-kennedy-high-country-blues.html

Review “Shame the Devil” (2012): http://blueshamilton.blogspot.com/2012/01/new-harrison-kennedy-cd.html


Eddie Kirkland – The Gypsy of the Blues –…

Eddie Kirkland – known as the Gypsy of the Blues – has died in a car accident. He was 87 years old.

He was still performing 40 weeks every year and just came from a concert when the accident happened.

Eddie Kirkland started playing the guitar and performing at an early age of 12 years – so he has been an active musician for 75 years. Eddie Kirkland played  with John Lee Hooker for many years, and he played together with many other great musicians.

This is an interview with Eddie Kirkland with one song at the end of the video:

Town Hall with Eddie Kirkland

Listen to some great blues songs with Eddie Kirkland!

Playlist Eddie Kirkland

New York Times article about Eddie Kirkland: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/07/arts/music/07kirkland.html

Homepage Eddie Kirkland: http://www.eddiekirkland.com/



Jingle Jams: A Holiday Mix From NPR Music *…

NPR has added two interesting Christmas playlists to their program. The forst one has been compiled from the favorite holiday songs from 10 different partner stations and includes all kind of music, from classical, pop, rap, bluegrass, jazz, folk, …

It’s a seasonal tradition to gripe miserably about the ubiquity of holiday music — about piped-in department-store drivel, CD sale racks bursting with holiday cash-ins, and all things cutesy, cloying and shrill. But let’s face it: There’s crass commercial junk, and then there’s a rich canon of soul-stirring, nostalgia-inducing classics. Holiday-weariness is no match for the best of the best.

We asked 10 of NPR Music’s partner stations to send us 10 of their favorite holiday songs, so this continuous stream is packed with gems. From Bach to The Ramones to Louis Armstrong, it’s a perfect playlist for those who wish to indulge in the spirit of the season while remaining glued to the computer. Whether you’re shopping online or trudging grimly through another workday, let Jingle Jams serve as your soundtrack.

This is a great mix of holiday music with many surprises – a great mix for the next weeks!

Jingle Jams: A Holiday Mix From NPR Music

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One of the tunes included is Sleigh Ride by Sam Bush:

Sleigh Ride-Sam Bush

A second list is titled 5 Depressing Blues Songs for Christmas – the right music for all who cannot enjoy the happy Christmas days and do not want to listen to the typical happy Christmas music:

5 Depressing Blues Songs For Christmas

This is one of the tunes from this list – Lonesome Christmas by the guitarist  Lowell Fulson:

Lowell Fulson / Lonesome Christmas

Check my page about Christmas music to find more!

♬ ★ The Best Music for Christmas ♬ ★