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Posts Tagged ‘Blues-rock’

The Royal Southern Brotherhood

New Orleans, Louisiana is often called the birthplace of the blues. It’s a claim disputed by a few music historians. But if nothing else, the Big Easy deserves a kind word for giving birth to The Royal Southern Brotherhood. The project began in 2011 as a germ in the mind of Reuben Williams, manager to…

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King King

The King King was a famous LA Blues Club that burned to the ground, and a fine album by their house-band The Red Devils, but King King is also the name of a British Blues Rock band that has been building a big reputation on the European club and Festival scene. After taking the Best…

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BILLY PRESTON

When a child shows a talent beyond their years, some call them a prodigy, but many slip into obscurity. When Billy Preston performed Fats Domino‘s hit ‘Blueberry Hill’ on TV with Nat ‘King’ Cole, while just 11 years old, anyone could see the kid was a born entertainer, but he went on to spend his…

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ROBIN TROWER

Blues-Rock lost a unique and masterful talent when Jimi Hendrix left us, but one man who picked up the banner and held it high was Robin Trower. He turned down the fuzz-box and cranked up the reverb, but the sounds that Jimi pioneered were championed in the 70s by Robin’s power trios, and his work…

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ROY BUCHANAN

‘The Best Unknown Guitarist in the World’ was a 1971 TV documentary about Roy Buchanan. Playing his trademark Fender, which he first picked up at the age of 13, Roy was a unique-sounding session guitarist, who apparently turned down a spot in The Rolling Stones, and went on to record some great Blues-rock albums before…

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LINK WRAY

Link Wray may not be a major Blues player, but in 1958 he took the dirty sound of distorted electric Blues guitar and came up with the ‘power chord’ that a new generation of guitarists incorporated into their music in the 60s to give us ‘Blues Rock’. Like many pioneers, Link took a simple idea…

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HARVEY MANDEL

Harvey Mandel is a stylish guitar player who mixes up Blues, rock and jazz techniques into a heady brew, and whose skills have seen him play with Canned Heat, John Mayall and The Rolling Stones. Including his solo career and work as a session musician, Harvey has been constantly busy with his guitar for 50…

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RONNIE EARL

Ronnie Earl plays Blues guitar with jazz overtones with his band The Broadcasters, firing off guitar licks in the style of Otis Rush and Earl Hooker, and maintains a high standard of playing that has impressed those famous Blues players that shaped the music, A long career as a band leader has given Ronnie the…

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ALVIN LEE

Alvin Lee was the front-man for British hard-rock band Ten Years After, a Blues-based four-piece who were very popular on the British club scene before exploding to world fame after appearing at the Woodstock Festival. Alvin played staggeringly quick-fingered guitar solos and as the tall, skinny, long-haired guy splattering guitar notes around the room, he…

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WALTER TROUT

Walter Trout seems to have been around forever, an unspectacular but relentless force that draws on the roots of the Blues and adds the drive of rock music, blended into a spirit that still inspires audiences wherever he plays. Learning his chops under the guidance of some Blues legends before striking out on his own,…

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