2003 - YEAR OF THE BLUES...
In recognition of The Blues ongoing impact on music and cultural history, both in America and around the world, the United States Congress has proclaimed the year 2003 as the "Year of the Blues". For more information, visit: www.yearoftheblues.org on the web.
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True Blue Book Review: "Joe Cocker - The Authorised Biography,"
by J. P. Bean (Virgin Books, London)
As a follow up to last month's feature on Joe Cocker in concert, we have
received, read and thoroughly enjoyed his new biography from Virgin Books of
London. For Cocker fans old and new, this is one you won't be able to put
down. J. P. Bean's up to date biography of the legendary Joe Cocker must
rank as one of the finest and most vital rock chronicles ever written. From
the first pages on, the reader feels as if they are walking right along side
the singer and his mates during the early days in Sheffield, England, and
travelling on down the road through his rise to fame in the pubs and clubs
of Europe. We're then swept off (via imaginery helicopter) through the rock
and roll dreamscape of Woodstock, and into the madness of the Mad Dogs &
Englishmen tour that would leave the artist completely disenchanted and
disenfranchised with the music business. Beyond the abuses, through good
times and bad, Joe Cocker emerges as one of the most enduring figures in
rock and roll history. This biography does as much or more visually than any
film documentary ever could, in delivering a comprehensive and inspired
story of one of music's most passionate, powerful voices. Joe Cocker is a
true blue survivor, and J. P. Bean's telling of his story is essential rock
history! Released in August by Virgin Books in England, this new biography
will be now available this month from www.amazon.com .
News on The Detroit Blues.
John Resch and The Detroit Blues recently recorded at least some of tracks
in Des Moines this past month that will be included on a new live CD they
currently have in the works. The band's brand new studio CD "We Get Around"
is now out and available direct from the bandstand at The Detroit Blues'
area gigs, or by visiting the band's fine web site at www.detroitblues.com .
Congrats and kudos to Detroit Blues on their newest disk, and another new
one on the way!
Recommended New Blues Fer Youz.
"Black Pearls," Eric Sardinas (Favored Nations) Produced by the legendary
Eddie Kramer, this new disk was done entirely live, without the aid of
digital magic. Sardinas blends the traditional with contemporary flavors
and elements into a new and vital brand of blues-rock. Ferocious
finger-picking and passionate playing in some of the most dynamic new blues
out there today. For more on Eric Sardinas, visit
www.ericsardinas.com on the web.
"Triple Trouble," Tommy Castro, Lloyd Jones and Jimmy Hall (Telarc) This
new collection from three of the hottest bluesrockers in the business today,
backed by SRV's notorious Double Trouble band (Reese Wynans, Tommy Shannon
and Chris Layton), reels, rocks, rolls and boogies on down the line with
classic funk and soul. Reviving and rearranging signature tunes of James
Brown, Johnny Winter, and even Lennon & McCartney, along with Castro, Jones
and Hall's own unique contributions, this disk offers a wide variety of hot
new tracks. For more on this and other Telarc releases, visit
www.telarc.com on the web.
"Vanthology," Various Artists (Evidence Music, Inc.) Sometimes these things
work - sometimes they just come out contrived or mediocre at best. This one
hits the mark. Classic Van Morrison tunes are delivered in with new gusto
and unique interpretations. Artists featured include Little Milton, Otis
Clay, Bettye Levette, Son Seals, Syl Johnson, Bobby Patterson, William Bell,
Henry Butler and more. Great new tracks, and a great tribute to Van
For more on this and other Evidence releases, visit www.evidencemusic.com on
"Exile on Blues Street," Various Artists (Telarc) This is another
interesting collection, which pays tribute to the landmark 1972 Rolling
Stones album "Exile on Main Street." New interpretations of Stones material
from such artists as Tommy Castro, Jimmy Thackery, Joe Louis Walker, Otis
Taylor, Deborah Coleman, Lucky Peterson and Tab Benoit make for some tasty
new blues renditions and arrangements. Deborah Coleman's treatment of
"Happy" is our favorite track on this new disk. For more on this and other
Telarc releases, visit www.telarc.com on the web.
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along with all our archived pieces, are online now at:
www.trueblueonline.com . That's all there is, and there aint no more! Until
we meet again at this crossroads, peace, love and blessings to all and...
Blues to 'ya!