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Book Review: Bruce Iglauer’s ‘Bitten by the Blues’

Launched in 1971, Chicago-based indie label Alligator Records would grow to become one of the most significant forces in the commercial revitalization of blues. Founded by Bruce Iglauer (who remains at the label’s helm to this day), Alligator has been at the forefront of support for blues artists old and new. Iglauer’s new memoir, Bitten

Album Review: Howlin’ Wolf — Moanin’ in the Moonlight

Though he had already been a performing musician for some two decades, Chester “Howlin’ Wolf” Burnett began his recording career in 1951, cutting sides for Sam Phillips in Memphis. By the next year he was under contract to Chess Records. As 1959 began, he had released no less than 22 singles. With the album era

California Guitar Trio Takes the Instrument Someplace Else

Acoustic guitar trios are nothing new. But in the hands of the musicians calling themselves the California Guitar Trio, the instrument is approached in a unique way. And the sounds created are subtly different as well. Founded in 1991 by an international aggregation – Hideyo Moriya from Japan, Belgian musician Bert Lams and Salt Lake

A Quick Chat with Mac Arnold

Mac Arnold has enjoyed a storied musical career, one that has seen him work with artists including B.B. King, James Brown, Bill Withers and many others. He retired from music some years ago, but Arnold’s love for the blues brought him back to the stage. He plays regularly with his band Plate Full O’ Blues,

Hundred-worders for May 2019: Vinyl

A subtle hint to any press agents or label reps who might happen to read this: a near surefire way to get your client’s album reviewed on Musoscribe is to send me a vinyl record. Unless I wholly detest it – and that’s not likely to happen if you check in before sending to make

Hundred-worders for May 2019

Here we go again, kids. If you’ve visited Musoscribe before, you likely know the drill: new albums worth your (and my) time, covered in the tidy space of precisely 100 words each. Proper Ornaments – 6 Lenins Here’s a nice one. With shades of Echo & the Bunnymen and the Church, this London group makes

Travers Brothership: Tour Europe and Let the World Decide

Travers Brothership has been on an upward trajectory for a few years running. The success of the Asheville-based soulful rock band’s 2016 album A Way to Survive eventually led to a touring spot opening for popular jam band moe., and Travers Brothership has built on that success. While making plans for a series of live

Taj Mahal’s American Epic

In addition to being an accomplished and often awarded musician, Taj Mahal established himself years ago as one of music’s foremost cultural historians. Not simply an entertainer and performer, he creates genre-spanning music that embodies his commitment to the study, honor and preservation of indigenous styles of music. He’s currently touring with his Trio. One

AJ Crawdaddy and the Language of the Blues

The West Coast blues tradition builds upon the styles and achievements of blues greats, with a healthy does of rock ‘n’ roll influence mixed in. A product of that tradition, Palo Alto-born guitarist Angelo J. Rossi – known to fans as AJ Crawdaddy – has been a fixture of the blues scene for decades. Rossi’s

Virginia and the Slims’ Smokin’ Jump Blues

Virginia and the Slims play a unique and often under-appreciated strain of American music. Jump blues and swing is a high energy musical style designed as much for dancing as for active listening. Guitarist Sean Anderson started the Asheville-based band in 2013, and since that time the group has built a loyal following with its