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  • Mac Arnold: blues traveler

    Mac Arnold: blues traveler
    Mac Arnold sounds completely at home on his sweat-raising 2011 recording, "Blues Revival." Captured on-stage at the Grey Eagle club in Greenville, S.C. — about 15 miles from the rural hamlet of Pelzer, where he grew up and currently resides —...
  • Five questions for Derek Trucks

    Five questions for Derek Trucks
    If you're a music fan of a certain age — say, perhaps, 41 — it may strike you as a bit disconcerting to listen to Derek Trucks talk about his kids. For there's a good chance that the first time you heard Trucks' name, he was an 11-year-old...
  • Still rolling on the river

    Still rolling on the river
    These days, Dar Lopez approaches the Riverwalk Blues and Music Festival with a degree of humility. It's rooted, perhaps, in the organizer's abiding respect for the event's late founder, Don Cohen, who inaugurated the all-day party in the parking lot of...
  • There will be noise: Hearing Damage, a.k.a. the Rat Opera, celebrates the loud life of Frank "Rat Bastard" Falestra

    Rob Elba┬áis grinning, so the offer at first seems like a joke. “Do you want earplugs?” he asks. “Do I need them?” The grin widens. “You’re going to need them.” In the upstairs, high-ceilinged rehearsal...
  • Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith dies at 75; blues musician

    Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith dies at 75; blues musician
    At 17, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith left the Arkansas farm where he was raised to travel to Chicago, where he first heard Muddy Waters when his mother took him to a club. Inspired by the great bluesman, Smith never went home. Instead, he taught himself to...
  • At the crossroads as Robert Johnson centennial nears

    At the crossroads as Robert Johnson centennial nears
    The intersection of DeSoto and State streets here doesn't look like anything special. On the southeast corner of the roads is H Town Custom Wheels. Across DeSoto to the west is Beer & Bud Mart, which faces a Church's Chicken stand. Immediately to the...
  • Book review: 'Soul Mining' by Daniel Lanois

    Book review: 'Soul Mining' by Daniel Lanois
    Daniel Lanois loves shadows — in his rooms, in his photographs and most famously in the atmospheric music he has produced for himself and such artists as Bob Dylan, U2 and Peter Gabriel, in which sonic shadows lend dimension and an air of mystery....
  • Boogie Chillun are back!

    Boogie Chillun are back!
    Funk upon a rhyme! In the days of the Funky bunch The concept of dropping Hip-Hop on the one Was firmly planted, Oops, upside your head To the boogie to the boogie-de-beat By the earthly funketeers in the heart of the Elm City Funky Haven—...
  • Tobacco Road at 100: A few more reasons to celebrate

    Tobacco Road at 100: A few more reasons to celebrate
    There are many reasons to genuflect at the humble altar of music, booze and camaraderie known as Tobacco Road that have nothing to do with its unlikely centennial, being celebrated with a party on Saturday. No. 1 is its mere existence. If it’s been...
  • Austin: Texas capital offers far more than SXSW

    Austin: Texas capital offers far more than SXSW
    AUSTIN, Texas — As you read this, Austin's South by Southwest festival is over for 2012. The "Welcome SXSW!" signs have been peeled from club facades, movie marquees, hotels and gas stations. The handbills advertising movies, bands and the newest...
  • Album review: Bonnie Raitt, 'Slipstream' ✭✭✭

    Album review: Bonnie Raitt, 'Slipstream' ✭✭✭
    “Slipstream” (Redwing) marks Bonnie Raitt’s first album since 2005 and her first independent release in a career that stretches back to the early ‘70s. The album is a composite of two recording sessions, one a self-produced...