Bobby the Wannabe Blues Reviewer: Ten Sentence Story #155

Bobby had only one dream in life.

He wanted to be a “Blues Reviewer” — and he’d sell his soul to the Devil if he could only write about musical things he loved online.

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Dan Auerbach Locks Down Dr. John

I am a big Dr. John fan.  I love his piano.  I’m crazy about his voice.  In his latest album, Locked Down, that dropped on April 3, 2012, Dr. John strangely fades away a bit as Black Keys producer and performer Dan Auerbach places his hands on Dr. John’s keyboard.  The result is a bit of a disappointing mishmash of a previously undeniable musical identity:

Storied musician and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John–Mac Rebennack–will release LOCKED DOWN, a startling album that marks a significant departure from his recent efforts, on April 3, 2012. The new album, produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, will be Dr. John’s first for Nonesuch Records.

It’s an entirely new approach for the iconic Dr. John, featuring as it does his collaboration with Auerbach and a band of young musicians Auerbach hand-picked to make LOCKED DOWN at his studio Easy Eye Sound in Nashville. “It was way cool cutting this record with Dan and the crew he put together for it,” says Rebennack. “It’s reel HIP.

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Picking the Right Strings for Fingerstyle Plucking

As you know, I’ve been working on using only my fingers while playing my electric guitars and the experiment has been both delightful and slightly disappointing.

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Bored by the Blues: Joe Bonamassa's Black Country Communion Sin

Let me start off this review of the first Black Country Communion album released two days ago by saying I am a big Joe Bonamassa fan — now, we all confess Joe needs to lose the too-tight Preacherman suit and drop the sunglasses in performance — but he is an established and wildly important modern Blues Guitarist.  Joe isn’t a great singer, but he makes a fretboard wail with a caustic vibration.  Joe’s latest concoction is this Black Country Communion “SuperGroup” he formed — and it is an utter, and vast, failure.

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Celebrating Peter Case's Wiggy Blues

Peter Case is your classic Bluesman.  He has sorrow in his gut and yearning in his heart and he’s touched death and lived to sing about it all in — Wig! — his latest release.

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Lick Me Up, Lick Me Down, Lick Me Outside

I love Licks!  Learning licks is a great way to quickly feel confident learning the guitar.  There are all sorts of Licks book available, but the best one for a beginner is — “Hal Leonard’s Lead Licks” — because that book will give you 220 Licks and five playing styles and a CD to help you study.

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Steve Miller Calls the Bingo! Blues

Steve Miller is a great musician, but he hasn’t released a new album in 17 years.  Known for this “electric Blues” style, Steve has always had a freshly scrubbed and highly produced studio sound.  This week, Steve released — “Bingo!” — a new album that salutes the Blues masters who formed his young, musical, life.

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