Tag: blues


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.

The CBC concert can be found on the following page (link no more available).

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 ♬ ★

favorite tunes

Jackson Stomp – Charlie McCoy – Mississippi Mud Steppers

I am currently learning the Jackson Stomp and I have collected some information about this tune.

The Jackson Stomp has been recorded in the 1920s by Charlie McCoy and the Mississippi Mud Steppers.

Playlist Jackson Stomp

A nice version with mandolin:

Jackson Stomp

I have found another video of the Jackson Stomp from the discussion in the Mandolin Cafe forum. In this case it is a song with the title That Lonesome Train Took My Baby Away which uses the Jackson Stomp played on a mandolin banjo to accompany the song.

I also recently recorded this same tune, but the other version which Charlie McCoy also recorded titled, That Lonesome Train Took My Baby Away.

That Lonesome Train Took My Baby Away – Mississippi Mudsteppers

I have collected some other videos of the Jackson Stomp in my playlist.

What is interesting with this tune is that it is a shortened blues scheme of 11 measures, a fact that makes this tune a little bit special. However some versions that I have found have made a normal blues scheme by adding another measure – for me the original version is more interesting.

I have not found sheet music or tabs for the Jackson Stomp. TABs can be found in the Mandolin Pickers Fakebook, but this version does contain some errors – so if you use this TABS you should listen to the tune and make the necessary corrections.

Additional information about the Jackson Stomp

Charly McCoy Part 1: http://sundayblues.org/archives/64

Recordings of the original and another version can be found at:: http://communityguitar.com/students/Songs/Jackson%20Stomp.htm

Discussion in the Mandolin Cafe: http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/showthread.php?55077-Jackson-Stomp