The great blues singer Robert Calvin Bland, known throughout the blues world as Bobby "Blue" Bland, had indeed, as the St. Louis Jimmy standard stated, been going down slow for sometime, yet was regularly performing in his final year of life until a very short while ago. His death at home on June 22, 2013 near Memphis ended the career of an extraordinarily beloved and long-running legend in blues music.
The word "hippie" has a bad connotation. Hippies don't mind because that's the way of the hippie. In fact hippies love to call themselves hippies.
In music writing, as with anything worth doing, there's always the pull of undeniable predilections, the force of personal bias and pure subjectivity. And then there's the way I feel about the music of Ray Wylie Hubbard.
Electricity moved through the air this past Friday night. The clouds came together and unleashed a fury over the city and county of St. Louis.
Pokey LaFarge let it be known last night that American roots music is alive and well in the city of St. Louis.
While the sound and presentation of Pokey LaFarge's music continues to evolve, it remains firmly rooted in American styles of the past century.
Backed up by the East Side Rhythm Band, young blues shouter and piano rocker Al Holliday makes a strong, big-band, old-school R&B debut with "East Side Queen."