With a birth name like Troy Beetles, a
career in music would seem to be a given. But the Canadian
artist/producer/label honcho has no interest in letting it be or going
on a magical mystery tour with Sgt. Pepper down Abbey Road.
Life is a circle and it’s come back
around full force for Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason, who began
his legendary career nearly 50 years ago as co-founder of Traffic and
now revisits those halcyon days with his latest touring concept/project,
A cursory spin of Joanne Shaw Taylor’s debut album, 2009’s White Sugar,
reveals an artist with a soulful understanding of the Blues and
possessed of a husky vocal instrument that perfectly exemplifies the
genre’s weary joy and therapeutic exuberance.
BoomBox has cultivated a distinct
sound that strongly leans toward psychedelic House music, but with
rhythmic and at times wandering guitar riffs that keep at least one leg
in the realm of Blues and Rock.
more than four decades, Keb’ Mo’ has been considered one of the leading
contemporary lights in the Delta Blues tradition, a guitarist of
infinite skill and invention who can easily play straight Delta
translations or seamlessly hybridize the genre with dashes of Pop, Jazz,
Folk and Rock.
Mother Maybelle Carter was a member of
the Carter Family, whose infamous 1927 recordings in Bristol, Tenn.,
(along with Jimmie Rodgers, Blind Alfred Reed and others) brought
Country music to the masses.