Top 11 Rock Songs That Started as Blues and R&B

Top 11 Rock Songs That Started as Blues and R&B

   “White folks hear the blues come out, but they don’t know how it got there.” – Ma Rainey “Time Is on My Side” by Irma Thomas and the Rolling Stones “Time Is on My Side” was written by Jerry Ragovoy for jazz trombonist Kai Winding in 1963. Winding’s version, essentially an instrumental, only included […]

Sneak Peek: Musicians Recall ‘The First Time I Heard Eric Clapton’

Sneak Peek: Musicians Recall ‘The First Time I Heard Eric Clapton’

The sound of Eric Clapton‘s guitar is instantly identifiable. Old school fans remember his departure from the Yardbirds to pursue his passion for the blues with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Huge hits with Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends and Derek & the Dominos followed. Clapton’s solo career further expanded his cult of fans. […]

The ‘Power of Peace’ with Carlos Santana, Cindy Blackman Santana and the Isley Brothers: The Interview

The ‘Power of Peace’ with Carlos Santana, Cindy Blackman Santana and the Isley Brothers: The Interview

Given the tumult churning around in our nation, Power Of Peace, the new collaborative project between Carlos Santana and The Isley Brothers (Ronald and Ernie) offers the perfect musical salvo in reaction to seemingly insurmountable world problems. The project, which also features Carlos’ wife, Cindy Blackman Santana, finds the legendary Rock & Hall of Fame team […]

Bobby Whitlock on Eric Clapton and Derek and the Dominos … and Why He Hates the Piano Coda of ‘Layla’ (Q&A)

Bobby Whitlock on Eric Clapton and Derek and the Dominos … and Why He Hates the Piano Coda of ‘Layla’ (Q&A)

Keyboardist, guitarist and singer Bobby Whitlock has performed on some of rock’s best-loved albums since his early days with Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. The Memphis native, mentored at Stax Records by Booker T. Jones and Steve Cropper, soon became a favorite of British musicians who hoped to tap his soulful R&B style. Whitlock, a […]

Top 11 Wah-Wah Songs

Top 11 Wah-Wah Songs

“Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.” – Mark Twain “In the Presence of the Lord” by Blind Faith Eric Clapton wrote “In the Presence of the Lord” in 1969 while a member of Blind Faith. He asked keyboardist Steve Winwood to provide […]

Top 11 Prison Songs

Top 11 Prison Songs

I am an expert of electricity. My father occupied the chair of applied electricity at the state prison. – W. C. Fields “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock” was the title song of Elvis Presley‘s 1957 film about an innocent prisoner who later becomes a star. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller discussed writing “Jailhouse […]

Gary Clark Jr. Releasing ‘Live North America 2016’ Album on March 17, Ahead of Shows with Eric Clapton

Gary Clark Jr. Releasing ‘Live North America 2016’ Album on March 17, Ahead of Shows with Eric Clapton

Gifted guitar virtuoso Gary Clark Jr. has had a busy few years, touring around the world and increasing his profile on a global level. On March 17, he’ll release Live North America 2016, a record featuring new and previously unreleased live selections from some of his many concerts over the past year. Live, GCJ is […]

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