Sat January 18, 2014
marc on the blues

Junior Kimbrough, A True Original Stayed True To The Blues' Roots

Album art from the 2002 release, 'You Better Run: The Essential Junior Kimbrough.'
Credit Fat Possum Records

David "Junior" Kimbrough was a throw back to a time when the Blues was raw and repetitive, and juke joints were the primary place to find it. Yet he also managed to be an innovator.

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Mon January 13, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Afro Blue: Tiny Desk Concert

Afro Blue performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Nov. 11, 2013.
Abbey Oldham NPR

"Afro Blue" is a jazz standard written by Mongo Santamaria in 1959, with a lyric added later by Oscar Brown Jr. It's been performed countless times, by everyone from John Coltrane to Robert Glasper and Erykah Badu.

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Sat January 11, 2014
marc on the blues

Guitar Player Since 9, Mick Taylor Has Pretty Much Done It All

Mick Taylor as he performed with the Rolling Stones in 1972/1973.
Dina Regine Wikimedia - Creatvie Commons

Michael Kevin ‘Mick’ Taylor will turn 65 in about a week, but I hope he resists retirement as his credits make him one of England’s greatest contributions to Blues and Rock. He’d deserve that accolade if all he’d ever done were his stints with John Mayall and the Rolling Stones.

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Tue January 7, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Lily & Madeleine: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 10:11 am

Lily & Madeleine, at a Tiny Desk concert in November 2013.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz aren't the youngest musicians ever to play the Tiny Desk, but they come pretty close. Their music — a restrained, homespun mix of folk and pop with undeniably sweet harmonies — certainly ranks among the loveliest we've heard.

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Sat January 4, 2014
The Record

Phil Everly: Harmony To His Brother's Melody

Originally published on Sat January 4, 2014 5:59 pm