Q&A: Doc Wendell – A Twist Of Misery

  By Devon Wendell There has been quite a bit of hype for multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and sardonic poet Doc Wendell over the last decade. As a teen in New York City, Wendell worked in the studio with Donald Fagen and Steely Dan on their “comeback” album Two Against Nature. The late John Lee Hooker nicknamed… Read More Q&A: Doc Wendell – A Twist Of Misery

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A Twist of Doc – An Appreciation: The 43rd Anniversary Of The Death Of Jimi Hendrix

 By Devon Wendell September 18th, 2013 and all I can think about is Jimi. How his music and legacy has haunted me my entire life. Jimi Hendrix died 43 years ago today, over 5 years before I was even born. Yet every feedback drenched note, cascading soulful ballad, and harrowing wammy-bar dive bomb has almost… Read More A Twist of Doc – An Appreciation: The 43rd Anniversary Of The Death Of Jimi Hendrix

CD Review: “The Jimi Hendrix Experience” (Purple Box Set)

 The Wind Cries Jimi The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Purple Box Set) (Legacy Records) By Brian Arsenault The four disc Jimi Hendrix Experience “purple box set” is being released today for the first time in over a decade, with some previously unreleased tunes as well. If you’ve any room on your credit card or have some… Read More CD Review: “The Jimi Hendrix Experience” (Purple Box Set)

Blues CD Review: “True Blues” by Various Artists

True Blues (Telarc)  By Devon Wendell In a time when most practicing blues artists pay more attention to the overly guitar driven indulgences of late 60s blues-rock and, for the most part, have lost sight of the music’s richest traditions and subtleties, it’s refreshing to hear a compilation dedicated to the true originating masters of… Read More Blues CD Review: “True Blues” by Various Artists

Blues CD Reviews: “Saturday Night in Shankletown” and “Mean Streets”

Saturday Night in Shankletown and Mean Streets (Catbone Records) By Brian Arsenault About the time  the sax solo began on James Cotton’s slow song of pain from lost love, “Jelly Jelly,” I decided I really like this CD.  I was already pretty much there from the bouncing Billy Boy Arnold “El Dorado,” a roadhouse dance… Read More Blues CD Reviews: “Saturday Night in Shankletown” and “Mean Streets”

CD Review: “Winterland — The Jimi Hendrix Experience”

By Devon Wendell Listening to this new four-CD box set of The Jimi Hendrix Experience live at The Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco between 10/10/68-10/12/68, it’s very apparent that Hendrix was growing faster than his audience.   By October of ’68, Hendrix had just released his third LP, Electric Ladyland, and his live shows had become… Read More CD Review: “Winterland — The Jimi Hendrix Experience”

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'”

CD Review: Jimbo Mathus “Confederate Buddha”

Jimbo Mathus and the Tri-State Coalition Confederate Buddha (Memphis International Records) By Devon Wendell Mississippi native and Squirrel Nut Zipper founder Jimbo Mathus has always been  fearless in his pursuit of purity in the realms of country, blues, and Southern-fried soul.  And that’s certainly the case on this gloriously under-produced, upcoming CD (scheduled for release… Read More CD Review: Jimbo Mathus “Confederate Buddha”