Tuesday, December 30, 2014

THE LATE GREAT JOE COCKER - Tribute and Video Review by WilfRaydo for CBBlues.com

Singer Joe Cocker, whose career spanned more than 50 years, has died after a long battle with lung cancer.

Cocker, known for his rasping voice, rose to fame with his cover of the Beatles song With a Little Help from My Friends, which went to No 1 in 1968.

A longtime US resident, he lived on a ranch in Colorado with his second wife, Pam. His death, aged 70, was confirmed by Barrie Marshall, his agent for more than 30 years, who said Cocker was “without a doubt the greatest rock/soul voice ever to come out of Britain – and remained the same man throughout his life. Hugely talented, a true star, but a kind and humble man who loved to perform. Anyone who ever saw him live will never forget him.”

Friday, December 26, 2014

MUSICAL REVIEWS OF DEVON ALLMAN AND SAMANTHA FISH by WilfRaydo for CBBlues.com

WHO IS DEVON ALLMAN?

The dirty blond hair is the same, the body posture is also the same, and there are touches in the voice that have a similar genetic connection, but Devon Allman has toiled long and hard to establish his own musical identity, separate from his mega-famous dad, Gregg Allman.
 
In fact, Allman, who was raised by his mom (Shelly, not Cher) in Texas, took up the guitar on his own, and did not meet his father until he was 15 years old.

Monday, December 15, 2014

CHRISTMAS PARTY 2014 WAS A HAPPY HARP BLUES SHOWDOWN


The CBBlues Christmas Party brought the house down with Special Guest - Valencia Blues Harp King - Danny Boy Sánchez. Our favourite local bluesman Tom Poole was on guitar and keeping the rhythm section on point were Brad Marriner on bass - Alvaro Diez on drums and Verde Maria on percussion and flamenco dance. - VIDEO BY KLAUS

We were a full house with just enough space left to make a dance floor. Blues fans came from as far away as the UK, Valencia and Altea to celebrate with the CBBlues team - Namely Wilf Brown, Ray Wilcox and myself.

Joining the blues boogie showdown was another talent from the Valencia blues scene - Mr. Paul Tidiman on blues harp. 
DANNY BOY HARP WORKSHOP

The day before - Danny Boy lead a harmonica workshop that proved very positive. Some of this students got up and performed in a sort of jam-session. It was interactive and fun. 

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

SAYING GOODBYE TO TWO MUSICAL GREATS


The passing of two great musicians, Ian McLagen and Bobby Keys, have brought back fond memories for both of us.

Obituaries by WilfRaydo for CBBlues.com

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

RED BEANS AND PEPPER SAUCE - SPICY VIDEO BLUES REVIEWS

With the (relatively) cold season coming up, why not think of some spicy food?
That is the case with this young band called Red Beans and Pepper Sauce.

Reviews by Patrick Van Denhove for CBBlues

This name evokes the kitchen of the bayous, in the deep south. Origin for this are the Cajuns, and there you have the link to France : indeed we have it here about a French blues band, from the Mediterranean city Béziers ( not so far from Spain... ), exactly as the New Orleans is the southern "bottom" of the USA...

The band is only three years old, and has already won several awards in Blues Festivals. The band is built around guitarist Laurent Galichon, who has the cloth to become a guitar hero; his instruments range from the Gibson Les Paul, with its greasy sounds, over the Dobro and its nostalgic roars, until the Fender Stratocaster allowing more, like funk ...

But let's introduce our first video:

This one is in fact a slide show at the honor of the USA who gave us the blues.
We go from Texas to California, accompanied by "I should lie", that gives a good sample of Laurent's skills from "blues with muscle" as in Texas to slower moods in the deserts.

The second video is chosen as to contrast with this pure blues mood, and is representative of a general tendency among young bands:  they do not feel trapped anymore by the label "blues band", and do not hesitate to take a look at other styles, like jazz of funk.

Of course, having some groovy black blood, like the singer Jessyca Aké, helps a lot, as does jazz-aware musicians like Denis Bourdié on bass ( see his slap bass on the video ), Thierry Imperato on drums and Serge Auzier on keyboards ( yummy solo in the video ).

Enjoy "Mr. Hyde":


If you like these ones, do not hesitate to check out some of their other vids at their home site www.redbeansandpeppersauce.com; my other favorites are:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TJPvS_N3C4#t=65 : "Alone",  classy nostalgic Dobro /slide introduction, don't miss if you like Ry Cooder's style

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea6L8Yth-IA : "forgive me", for blues-rock lovers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6mFwOG_POU : "2 minutes", studio making-of, Texas blues

My conclusion:  with young bands as this one, our future blues feed is on a good track!

Friday, December 5, 2014

ROUND TOWN NEWSPAPER * SUPPORTER OF BLUES MUSIC SOCIAL SCENE IN TEULADA

Once again, it is the Round Town Newspaper who supports our CBBlues music scene. It supports all the music on the Costa Blanca - other newspapers - "just don't get it!!"

Thank you again to Jack Troughton - glad you understand the importance of our blues music social scene and we are all forever happy that you are able to keep live music - alive!!

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