For many a bluesman, standing at the Crossroads is a mostly apocryphal experience, the stuff of myth and legends. But when Rocks Off reached Derek Trucks at his New York hotel room last month, the myth is quite real. In a few days, he'll take the stage with the Allman Brothers Band for their annual ... More >>
King Diamond House of Blues, November 5 Go ahead and start comparing prices on quality earplugs, because King Diamond, the top-hatted, face-painted ghoul with the cochlea-shattering falsetto, is returning to Houston at long last in November. The Danish metal icon isn't skimping on the productio ... More >>
All My Friends - Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman 2CD/1DVD Rounder Records What sometimes gets lost in consideration of Gregg Allman's career - both with the Allman Brothers band and as a solo artist - is the actual quality of his songwriting. The melodies, the lyrics - though it's all ... More >>
One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band By Alan Paul St. Martin's Press, 464 pp., $29.99 Make no mistake. While only two of the six original members of the Allman Brothers Band were actual biological siblings, the fraternal ties of Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry ... More >>
In another era, James Brown was the Hardest Working Man in Show Business. Today, that title crown might just fall upon the hirsute head of Warren Haynes, simply based on the sheer amount of musical projects currently on his plate. The 53-year-old is a singer/guitarist with the Allman Brothers Band, ... More >>
Tedeschi Trucks Band House of Blues July 12, 2013 At its best, live music can be a life-affirming, soul-nourishing, and joy-inducing experience. Those may sound like empty platitudes, the kind of catch-all catchphrases that might be printed on a plaque at the Hallmark store of spew from the mouth o ... More >>
The Appleseed Cast Fitzgerald's July 12, 2013 Friday night in Houston was a lover of the blues' wet dream, with several roadshow options from that genre to choose from. John Mayer was doing his thing at the Woodlands Pavilion, while Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks were tearing down the joint at Hou ... More >>
When the 11-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band caravan rolled into Houston, it was with the fresh knowledge that Etta James - a musical hero of singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi - has passed away earlier in the day. So it wasn't surprising that the group pulled out a tribute. "We've got to do something for E ... More >>
Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks are married both to each other and their musical careers. She with a busy solo schedule, and he with full-time gigs fronting the Derek Trucks Band, playing guitar with the Allman Brothers Band [Derek's uncle is founding member Butch Trucks], and minor side-jobs with t ... More >>
Musicians in their 70s and 80s are keeping Houston's traditional blues scene real.
bobmargolin.comLondon, 1979 (l-r): Bob Margolin, Johnny Winter, Muddy WatersBeaumont-born bluesman Johnny Winter is having a very busy year for a man who is 67. Not only is he set to release his first album of newly recorded material in eight years, Winter is also featured on I'm Back! Family ... More >>
A band that started by accident, the Dead Weather is now here to stay.
The Isle of Man - the sparsely populated "crown dependency" between Great Britain and Ireland - has given the world those adorable tailless Manx cats and the Bee Gees, who were born there before moving to Manchester and then Australia. Now you can add blues-rock power trio Back Door Slam to that lis ... More >>
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