Terry ‘Harmonica’ Bean: ‘Catfish Blues’

May 17, 2014

There’s nothing flashy about Terry “Harmonica” Bean. When I saw Bean at last year’s Chicago Blues Festival, he didn’t wail on his guitar and he didn’t try to dazzle anyone with flashy harmonica runs. Don’t mistake that for simplicity, though. His fingers danced on his guitar strings, adding gentle flourishes that enveloped his warm vocals. […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 5-16-14

May 16, 2014

Today’s mix: 1) Levon Helm: “Poor Old Dirt Farmer” 2) Randall Bramblett: “John the Baptist” 3) James McMurtry: “Fast as I Can” 4) K Phillips: “Not My Baby Anymore” 5) Jake La Botz: “Jagged Little Kisses of Death” 6) Drew Kennedy: “Vapor Trails” 7) J.B. Beverley: “I Ain’t No Nice Guy” 8) Kelly Willis and […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 5-15-14

May 15, 2014

Thursday night blues: 1) Dennis Gruenling: “Dirty Deal” 2) James Cotton: “Fore Day Blues” 3) Harmonica Hinds: “Take Your Time” 4) Otis Rush: “Trouble, Trouble” 5) Eddie Bo: “I’ll Do Anything” 6) Guitar Slim Jr.: “Daddy’s Good Reputation” 7) Johnny Copeland: “Down on Bended Knee” 8) Mem Shannon: “Why I Sing the Blues” 9) Eddie […]

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Johnny Rawls: ‘Remembering O.V.’

May 14, 2014

I’ve seen blues and soul man Johnny Rawls in concert at least a dozen times and I own just about all of his albums. I’ve never been disappointed. But I’ve never been moved by Rawls’ work like I am when I listen to “Remembering O.V.,” an album released last year that honors Rawls’ late mentor […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 5-14-14

May 14, 2014

Wednesday night jazz: 1) Terence Blanchard and Branford Marsalis: “Mo’ Better Blues” 2) Harry “Sweets” Edison: “These Foolish Things” 3) Frank Morgan: “The Nearness of You” 4) Phil Ranelin: “Naptown After Noon” 5) Marcus Belgrave: “Glue Fingers” 6) Odean Pope: “Little Miss Lady” 7) Miles Davis: “Sid’s Ahead” 8) James Carter: “Rapid Shave” 9) Bobby […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 5-13-14

May 13, 2014

Today’s mix: 1) The Band: “Orange Juice Blues (Blues for Breakfast)” 2) Kelly Willis: “Heaven’s Just a Sin Away” 3) Guy Clark: “Hellbent on a Heartache” 4) John Hiatt: “My Old Friend” 5) Lilly Hiatt: “People Don’t Change” 6) Amelia White: “Get Your Cowboy On” 7) Chris Gaffney: “See the Big Man Cry” 8) Calvin […]

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Catching up

May 13, 2014

A few albums/acts I missed while my blog was on hiatus: • Courtney Barnett, a young Australian singer, is witty and funny. I love “Avant Gardener.” The song is included on “The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas.” • I was late to the Cage the Elephant party. I liked their melodic pop, but […]

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Cahl’s Jukebox, 5-12-14

May 12, 2014

Today’s mix: 1) Courtney Barnett: “Avant Gardener” 2) Dr. Dog: “The Truth” 3) Treetop Flyers: “Postcards” 4) Verbena: “Junk for Fashion” 5) Generationals: “When They Fight, They Fight” 6) Matthew Sweet: “Faith in You” 7) Bob Mould: “The Descent” 8) The Go-Betweens: “Spring Rain” 9) Spoon: “The Mystery Zone” 10) Superdrag: “Sold You on an […]

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Joe King Carrasco Y El Molino: ‘Tlaquepaque’

May 12, 2014

Joe King Carrasco’s “Tlaquepaque,” released early last year, is one of the best Tex-Mex rock ‘n’ roll albums recorded since Doug Sahm died. Give part of the credit to Augie Meyers, who founded the Sir Douglas Quintet with Sahm in the ’60s. Meyers plays keyboards on “Tlaquepaque” and helps set the groove. But, really, you […]

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New Orleans Jazz Fest photos, 2014

May 8, 2014

I learned long ago not to worry about the acts I miss at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Seeing one great act on a weekend is a highlight any other time of year. I saw about 20 during this year’s festival. Yeah, I really wish I’d seen Trombone Shorty, Johnny Winter, Pharaoah Sanders […]

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New Orleans Jazz Fest 2014: Year of the Brass Bands

May 7, 2014

For most folks, 2014 was the Year of the Boss at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. I know, I waited 45 minutes on Saturday just to get past the gates. I love Bruce Springsteen, too, but I didn’t want to battle Springsteen’s army of fans or the heat to see him. For me, […]

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