Bridges and Hellhounds

•March 12, 2012 • Leave a Comment

From traditional hellhounds to bridges that float and burn, here’s another collection of awesome tracks to keep your week good and bluesy.

  1. Joe Bonamassa – Don’t Burn Down That Bridge
  2. Robert Johnson – Hellhound On My Trail
  3. Matt Schofield – Don’t Know What I’d Do
  4. Gregg Allman – Floating Bridge
  5. George Thorogood – Night Time

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Masters of the Blues Harp

•February 13, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The first recordings of harmonicas were made in the USA in the 1920s. At this stage the instrument wasn’t taken very seriously and was deemed a ‘poor man’s’ tool. It took a couple of years before the harmonica truly came into its own, when techniques such as cross-harp became popular courtesy of artists like Sonny Boy Williamson. It has since gone on to become a recognisable and highly popular addition to any modern blues band.

This week we’re taking a look at some of the true masters of the blues harp – from Little Walter to Charlie Musselwhite.

  1. Little Walter – Blue Light
  2. Charlie Musselwhite – Blues Why do you Worry Me?
  3. Slim Harpo -I Got Love If You Want It
  4. Big Walter Horton – Now Tell Me Baby
  5. Sonny Boy Williamson – Don’t Start Me To Talkin’

From Albert Collins to Luther Allison

•January 31, 2012 • 2 Comments

It’s time once again for another weekly top 5 playlist. This week we take a look at some true masters of the guitar – from Big Bill Bronzy to Joe Bonamassa.

  1. Luther Allison – Living in the house of the blues
  2. Mississippi John Hurt – You got to walk that lonesome valley
  3. Big Bill Bronzy – Baby Please Don’t Go
  4. Joe Bonamassa – A New Day Yesterday
  5. Albert Collins – I Ain’t Drunk

The weekly top 5 playlist – 9 January

•January 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

For those of you looking for something to do tomorrow evening, make sure you head down to Wilson’s Wharf on the Durban harbour for some bluesy awesomeness. In the meantime, to get you prepped and in the mood, here’s a collection of classic blues tracks that should have your head bopping and your feet tapping.

  1. John Lee Hooker – Boogie Chillin’
  2. Howlin’ Wolf – How Many More Years
  3. Muddy Waters – Rollin’ Stone
  4. Robert Johnson – Traveling Riverside Blues
  5. Bukka White – Shake ‘Em On Down

The weekly top 5 playlist – 5 January – Seeing the new year in

•January 5, 2012 • Leave a Comment

So I trust you all ate too much Christmas dinner on the 25th, drank too much on the 31st and are only just settling into the new year. For those of you that are still reminiscing about 2011, here’s a collection of some of last year’s best blues releases. We hope this year will be just as good.

  1. Gregg Allman – I Can’t Be Satisfied
  2. Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton – Forty-four
  3. Johnny Winter & Jimmy Vivino – Further On Up The Road
  4. The Tedeschi Trucks Band – Bound For Glory
  5. Joe Bonamassa – Slow Train

The weekly top 5 playlist – 19 December – The Greatest Guitarists of All Time

•December 19, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I’m sure Rolling Stone magazine had no intention of upsetting guitar god Joe Bonamassa when they published their recent list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, but they did. The fiery Bonamassa claimed that it wasn’t so much his exclusion from the list that struck a chord, but the fact that the folks at Rolling Stone had overlooked some of his most inspirational guitarists.  We’re quite fond of Joe, so we thought we’d put together a shorter list featuring a couple of guys he would probably have picked for his own list. Here’s to you Joe…

  1. Free – All Right Now (Paul Kossoff)
  2. Danny Gatton – Funky Mama
  3. Fleetwood Mac – Need Your Love So Bad (Peter Green)
  4. Jeff Beck – Goodbye Pork Pie/Brush with the Blues
  5. Eric Clapton – Have you Ever Loved a Woman?

The weekly top 5 playlist – 13 December

•December 13, 2011 • Leave a Comment

It’s time for your weekly dose of bluesy goodness…

  1. Eric Johnson – Manhattan
  2. Roy Brown – Hard Luck Blues
  3. Fleetwood Mac – Black Magic Woman
  4. Savoy Brown – I’m Tired
  5. Lonnie Mack & Stevie Ray Vaughan – Strike Like Lightning