Blues

50 Songs To Celebrate The 4th Of July

July 4th, 2015 9:00am EDT
Katy Perry
Ah, the wonderful country that is the United States of America – sigh? What better way to celebrate the great USA than through song? Music moves, and these 50 songs – one for each state – should ‘move’ you. Well, maybe not all of them ‘move’ and maybe not even all are celebratory, but these 50 songs should tickle your fancy and potentially beef up your playlist. There’s also plenty of diversity here – veteran artists, obscurer lesser known artists and a variety of genres. So, here goes nothing!!!

But first, how about a little “Fifty Nifty United States”… “From 13 original colonies!”

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B.B. King Left Us So Many Great Songs

May 18th, 2015 7:40pm EDT
Countdown: 11 Greatest B.B. King Songs
On May 14, 2015, the world lost one of its greatest musicians – Riley Ben King, better known as B.B. King (1925 – 2015). King was known for his easygoing, bluesy guitar style, played on “Lucille” and his gritty, commanding lead vocals. The complete musician, B.B. King is undoubtedly one of the best and most distinct to ever live. Though the blues were his ‘ace in the hole,’ King’s contribution to R&B and rock and roll itself shouldn’t be understated. Even into his 80s, King was a avid touring musician. He will be greatly missed, but his music is timeless; it will live on forever.

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Blues Giant BB King Dies

May 15th, 2015 8:28am EDT
Blues Legend B.B. King, Dead At 89
B.B. King, the Mississippi native who was also known as "king of the blues," died Thursday night at the age of 89.

King's daughter, Patty King, said in a statement to CNN that he died in Las Vegas. King has been in home hospice care for the past several weeks, suffering from dehydration,

King influenced several generations of rock musicians and blues players, including Eric Clapton, John Mayer and Stevie Ray Vaughn.

The blues man continued to tour until just shortly before the announcement was made regarding his health, with his beloved guitar Lucille by his side.

King has been awarded ...
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B.B. King Hospitalized

April 7th, 2015 11:16am EDT
Blues legend B.B. King Hospitalized Over Diabetes Related Emerge
Blues legend B.B. King was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital this past weekend, reportedly for a diabetes related emergency.

King's rep revealed to TMZ that the guitarist remains hospitalized at a medical center close to his Vegas home.

The 89-year-old's health emergency was reportedly the result of dehydration from his Type II diabetes.

Blues legend B.B. King has been hospitalized for dehydration, his daughter says.

King's dehydration was caused by his Type II diabetes, but he "is much better," his daughter, Claudette, told the Los Angeles Times, according to CNN.

B.B. is short for Blu...
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Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band Is Dynamic And Truly Special

March 9th, 2015 11:27am EDT
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Who exactly is Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band? Great question! They are a FIERCE trio mixing the blues along with country music. Both country music and the blues are infused with energy separately, but at the hands of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, that energy grows exponentially – no exaggeration. Comprised of Rev. Peyton, wife Washboard Breezy Peyton, and Ben Russell, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is dynamic and truly special. Their latest album, So Delicious is truly special as well.

“Let’s Jump A Train” opens So Delicious with a ferociousness, driven by its constant rhythm an...
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The Allman Brothers Band Play Career Ending Concert To Fans At Beacon Theater

October 29th, 2014 2:59pm EDT
The Allman Brothers Band
A music era has ended as The Allman Brothers Band played their last concert ever at New York City's Beacon Theater on Tuesday.

The finale to the group's 45-year career as a band was confirmed by the group’s leader Gregg Allman. Allman confirmed the news last week before the first of their six Beacon shows.

The group has played a series of concerts every years at the Beacon Theater since 1989, totaling 230 concerts in all.

Last night was also the 43rd anniversary of the death of Duane Allman. Several of his guitars were played for the occasion.

The band played three sets in their show, t...
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2015 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominations Include Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Lou Reed And More

October 9th, 2014 10:09am EDT
2015 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominations Include Green Day, N
The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations have been announced and once again, the eclectic group of musicians is not without its dark horses.

Making the cutoff just before the 25 year mark, both Green Day and Nine Inch Nails were nominated. The debut albums for both artists were in 1989. Green Day's debut EP "1,000 Hours" came out in April 1989, and Nine Inch Nails’ first album "Pretty Hate Machine" was released in October of 1989.

Also in the running for a prestigious spot in the Rock Hall are N.W.A, The Smiths, Lou Reed and Sting, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Chic, ...
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This Week in Music: Maroon 5 Leads Albums To Check Out

September 2nd, 2014 9:05am EDT
Maroon 5 Leads Albums To Check Out: This Week in Music
September 2014 opens with a captivating slate of new releases. Sure, the fourth quarter sales madness isn’t in full fruition yet, but with names like Maroon 5, Jeezy, and The Counting Crows dropping new albums, the door to a stacked fourth quarter have been officially and enthusiastically opened. No album on this five-album list seems any bigger than Maroon 5’s V, which leads albums to check out this week.

1) Maroon 5, V (Interscope)

Supremely popular pop/rock band Maroon 5 returns with their highly anticipated fifth studio album V. V is led by promo single “Maps,” which peaked in ...
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Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Top Billboard 200: This Week in Music

August 7th, 2014 10:44am EDT
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Top Billboard 200: This Week in
After a lengthy drought (understatement), Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers finally claim their first #1 album with Hypnotic Eye. Outperforming prognostications, not to mention the sales of the band's previous album (Mojo), Hypnotic Eye sold 131,000 copies. Like so many other weeks throughout 2014, Tom Petty's veteran collective were the only album to surpass the 100,000 copies mark. This is even more disappointing to some extent because of the number of new albums that landed within the top 10.

Eric Clapton, another veteran musician, unsurprisingly debuts right behind Petty at #2. As re...
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Our March Playlist - Check Out The Best Songs Off The Best Albums This Month

March 31st, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Beck - Morning Phase
March was a rich month for music releases. After listening and reviewing multiple albums, it is always fun to pick out one big time standout. Sometimes it is a difficult choice, while other times it’s the only choice (particularly on a sub-par album). After looking back through my late-February and March reviews, I’ve compiled a playlist of one favorite from each album.

“Morning”

Beck

From the album Morning Phase

Note: Morning Phase was a late February release that wasn’t reviewed until March.

Folks, Beck is the man. Morning Phase was yet another stacked album from the hipster w...
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