by Sean Jewell:: One thing I’m discovering as I speak to blues men is that you don’t get to interview them so much as you get to sit and listen to their stories. Older blues men like Bobby Rush are well aware of their contributions to blues, soul, and rock & roll. Bobby Rush has been interviewed countless […]

by Sean Jewell :: I didn’t really know I was a Little Richard fan until I started looking into this box set coming out on June 2nd. Did you know he was inspired to play piano the way he did by Esquerita in New Orleans when he heard him play “One Mint Julep” (and that Esquerita […]

by Sean Jewell :: The opening notes to “You Don’t Know Nothing About Love” are so deep, so resonant, so devastating, that you’ll need to own the retrospective of Carl Hall‘s work just for the first song. As if the sound from the Wurlitzer electric weren’t enough, Carl Hall’s voice enters and asks “Did you […]

By Sean Jewell :: JJ Grey & Mofro’s southern sincerity extends far beyond stereotype or folk-tale simplicity. Their music is playful and bluesy as Taj Mahal, and as earnest and soulful as Otis Redding’s. JJ Grey & Mofro’s latest offering Ol’ Glory keeps the approach to southern soul that has long been as out of the way as Grey’s […]

  by Sean Jewell :: I write this with some degree of difficulty because I have listened to a small selection of both of these sets, and have become too-funky for my damn-self. It’s like having all of your dream 45’s in the same crate. DJ nights will never be the same. In 1998 Atlantic released […]