Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland made their name together as Whitehorse by recording well-crafted, textured Americana. But nothing the Canadian duo has released could prepare listeners for the thundering, bluesy fuzz-rock of "Downtown."
Cowboy Roy Brown was the quintessential St. Louis street singer, playing a guitar he called "baby" and a kazoo he called "Leon."
Bluesman Joe Dean -- though advertised as being from Bowling Green -- was actually born in St. Louis in 1908.
Another of the early St. Louis bluesmen whose lives are largely unknowable, Sylvester Palmer was nonetheless a very well-regarded piano player.
Powerful in both sound and numbers, Tedeschi Trucks Band (TTB) brought its special blend of hard driving Southern blues-rock to Peabody Opera House on Sunday night. Helmed by the über-talented husband and wife team of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, and backed by nine incredible musicians and vocalists, TTB is simply one of the most dynamic touring bands playing today.
Bluesman Little Mack Simmons was born in Arkansas and grew up playing harmonica with his friend James Cotton. As a teen he moved to St. Louis where he worked for the railroad and played blues music with friends such as Robert Nighthawk on the club circuit.
The important blues singer Irene Scruggs was born in Mississippi but likely raised in St. Louis; she certainly spent most of her career in the river city.
After my first day at SXSW 2015, the first thing I say to myself in the morning: "I need some tacos."