An Appreciation: Remembering The King

By Devon Wendell I just cannot process the fact that B.B. King is no longer on this earth. How can it be? It’s like trying to imagine life without oceans, trees, and air to breathe. No one in history changed the approach and sound of the electric guitar like B.B. King. Sure, there were T-Bone… Read More An Appreciation: Remembering The King

Live Music: Robert Randolph and the Slide Brothers at Royce Hall

By Mike Finkelstein Last weekend at Royce Hall, CAP UCLA presented another intriguing show, as Robert Randolph and the Slide Brothers delivered a unique clinic on how to make a musical point with a steel guitar.   I’m not sure how many of us knew that the Slide Brothers use four or five non-identical steel guitars… Read More Live Music: Robert Randolph and the Slide Brothers at Royce Hall

CD Review: Lance Lopez “Handmade Music”

Lance Lopez Handmade Music (MIG Music)  by Devon Wendell Texas based blues six stringer Lance Lopez has already earned legendary status among his peers and mentors: B.B. King, Billy F. Gibbons, and Johnny Winter, to name a few. Before becoming front-man of his own band, Lopez also played with blues and soul giants Johnny Taylor, Lucky Peterson, and The Buddy Miles… Read More CD Review: Lance Lopez “Handmade Music”

Live Rock: Los Lonely Boys and Los Lobos at the Greek Theatre

By Mike Finkelstein On Friday night a not quite sold out, but certainly revved up, Greek Theater audience was treated to a most appealing double bill of high profile American Latino rock bands.   Beginning their impressive career well over three decades ago,  Los Lobos first blazed the trail that Los Lonely Boys now walk.  … Read More Live Rock: Los Lonely Boys and Los Lobos at the Greek Theatre

CD Review: West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology

By Devon Wendell Unlike the countless amount of posthumous Hendrix anthologies released over the past several decades, West Coast Seattle Boy traces Hendrix’s career as a session guitarist.  The material reaches from gigs in the early to mid ‘60s — with some of the greatest legends of soul, including The Isley Brothers, Don Covay, Rosa… Read More CD Review: West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology

Live Rock and Blues: Jimmie Vaughan at the Canyon Club

By Mike Finkelstein On Friday night Jimmie Vaughan and his band Tilt a Whirl spun through the Canyon Club in Agoura and delivered a polished blues revue, Texas style.  Out of Austin, Vaughan is a veteran of that city’s rich blues culture and a journeyman guitar player in the styles of late ‘50s/early ‘60s blues… Read More Live Rock and Blues: Jimmie Vaughan at the Canyon Club