Film Review: B.B. King “The Life Of Riley”

By Devon Wendell There have been countless films made about the blues and about B.B. King. A large percentage of these films merely focus on how King (Born Riley B. King on September 16th, 1925, between Itta Bena and Indianola Mississippi) inspired a plethora of overdriven, unoriginal rock guitarists from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Very… Read More Film Review: B.B. King “The Life Of Riley”

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Short Takes: New CDs featuring Randy Sharp, Sharon Rays, Jack Routh and Maia Sharp

By Brian Arsenault Randy Sharp, Sharon Rays, Jack Routh and Maia Sharp  Dreams of the San Joaquin (Blix St. Records) It seems to me that Dreams of the San Joaquin should be the birth of a band.  They are that good together, whatever their sterling individual credits and talents. And San Joaquin wouldn’t be a bad… Read More Short Takes: New CDs featuring Randy Sharp, Sharon Rays, Jack Routh and Maia Sharp

Live Blues: B.B. King And The Tedeschi Trucks Band At The Hollywood Bowl,

By Devon Wendell What was designated as “Blues Night” at the Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night turned out to be what must have been one of the strangest evenings the Bowl has seen in a long time, due to a rather sloppy, chaotic set from B.B. King. But let’s first talk about the Tedeschi Trucks band,… Read More Live Blues: B.B. King And The Tedeschi Trucks Band At The Hollywood Bowl,

Blues CD Review: Marty Grebb’s “High Steppin'”

Marty Grebb High Steppin’  (Luna Chica)                                 By Devon Wendell As is the case with many of the most talented artists, Marty Grebb is a household name among mostly the top and more well known musicians — most of whom he’s played with as a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer over the past four decades —… Read More Blues CD Review: Marty Grebb’s “High Steppin'”

Picks of the Week: April 27 – May 3

By Don Heckman Los Angeles – April 28. (Tues.) The Trio: Terry Trotter, Peter Erskine, Chuck Berghofer. The label might seem a little prepossessive in some hands, but not with these guys, whose playing defines the notion of interactive musical intimacy. Charlie O’s. (818) 994-3058 http://www.charlieos.com. – April 29. (Wed.) Mitch Forman Trio, with Darek… Read More Picks of the Week: April 27 – May 3