New Paradise Outlaw album ‘Shadows’ inspires you to “turn it up!”

Paradise Outlaw band members (L to R): Kevin Langeland (Guitar), Nathan Vredeveld (Drums), Kyle Gifford (Guitar), ColinTobin (Vocals), and John Johnson (Bass). (Photo used with permission)
Paradise Outlaw band members (L to R): Kevin Langeland (Guitar), Nathan Vredeveld (Drums), Kyle Gifford (Guitar), ColinTobin (Vocals), and John Johnson (Bass). (Photo used with permission)

Michigan based band Paradise Outlaw just released the new album Shadows, and the songs definitely live up to requests to “turn it up!” The originals are solid, with lyrics and score venturing into unexpected corners. Any songwriter who can couple ‘voodoo’ with ‘Cadillac’ in a successful work deserves a hat tip. Continue reading “New Paradise Outlaw album ‘Shadows’ inspires you to “turn it up!””

West Ashley Street Blues—in Jacksonville, Florida?

Blind Blake and Jacksonville, a historic stop along the blues music trail

Image of Blind Blake from popular YouTube site RagtimeDorian Henry: youtu.be/D-YwCk6ANY4
Image of Blind Blake from popular YouTube site RagtimeDorian Henry: youtu.be/D-YwCk6ANY4

In discussions about the stomping grounds of early blues musicians, Mississippi, Chicago, and Memphis are cited as havens for the birth of the first blues wave.

Delta blues arising by the waters of the Mississippi river. The swinging, big band style of Chicago. The intricate, bouncing notes of the Piedmont blues. Blues in other areas aren’t discussed as much, although the genre touched many different communities in the United States. Continue reading “West Ashley Street Blues—in Jacksonville, Florida?”

Via Bradenton Blues Fest, meet Mojohand who makes blues pop in more ways than one

An ad for the Bradenton Blues Festival in Florida popped up on my Facebook feed, and I checked out the comments. Someone remarked the promo poster for the festival looked nice, and it happened that the artist who did the poster saw the comment too. The artist gave a link to his website, Mojohand, and I followed that. Talk about blues art. I was, as is sometimes said in the South, like a rabbit in a briar patch. Continue reading “Via Bradenton Blues Fest, meet Mojohand who makes blues pop in more ways than one”

In Florida Lone Bellow was the draw, and Ida Mae was a bonus

My daughters Jen and Rebecca, otherwise known as The Crazy Daysies, enjoy going to concerts with their dad who is also a musician. On Monday, all three went to see Lone Bellow, a group we all fell in love with the last time they were in Jacksonville. Lone Bellow didn’t disappoint their fans on April 16, and there was a bonus—Ida Mae.  Continue reading “In Florida Lone Bellow was the draw, and Ida Mae was a bonus”

Dustup over Fergie’s National Anthem interpretation

Lots of tweets this morning about Fergie’s interpretation of the US National Anthem “The Star Spangled Banner.” It’s tempting to crit a multi-Grammy winner, and many did.

I didn’t find it so off-putting. I think she pulled it off, but above all, she chose to interpret it her way. One singer’s aesthetic can be a fan’s angst, I guess. I did see some amused looks on players’ faces at the NBA All Star Fame. You can view the video at The Chicago Tribune and form your own opinion.

You can also view Tweets on the matter under the (trending) hashtag FergieNationalAnthem.

(Filed by Kay B. Day/Feb. 19, 2018)

Double feature: Sturgill Simpson teams up with Fantastic Negrito

album cover Last Days of Oakland
‘The Last Days of Oakland’ Album cover from Fantastic Negrito website.

Sturgill Simpson’s indie music has catapulted him to the top of the mountain, but he hasn’t confined himself to his own efforts. Simpson co-produced Tyler Childer’s album Purgatory now ranked near the top of the Country Billboard charts.

Now some of Simpson’s shows will comprise a double feature—the music of Fantastic Negrito. If you haven’t heard this guy, and if you like raw blues, you are missing out on a phenomenal talent.   Continue reading “Double feature: Sturgill Simpson teams up with Fantastic Negrito”