Short Takes: CDs — Of The Blues The Hard Way with Honky and Louisiana Red

By Brian Arsenault There has been a darker side of the blues from the earliest Delta days right up till now with the hard driving electric stuff.  I don’t mean just hard times like no job, no money, not much hope. That’s integral. But I’m talking the disappointed, disillusioned, pissed off, miserable state of human… Read More Short Takes: CDs — Of The Blues The Hard Way with Honky and Louisiana Red

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”

CD Review: Robbie Robertson’s “How To Become Clairvoyant”

Robbie Robertson How To Become Clairvoyant  (429 Records) By Brian Arsenault If I could become clairvoyant maybe I’d know what to make of this album.  I mean I have all intentions of liking it. After all, it’s Robbie’s first album this century, which is already a year or so into its second decade. Clapton’s on… Read More CD Review: Robbie Robertson’s “How To Become Clairvoyant”

Live Jazz/Rock/Fusion: John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension at Royce Hall

By Mike Finkelstein On Wednesday night UCLA Live presented John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension to a hugely enthusiastic if not quite capacity crowd at Royce Hall.   This was an opportunity to get a glimpse of a cornerstone figure in the jazz/rock/fusion field and, moreover, of a man who puts his music on a vigorous… Read More Live Jazz/Rock/Fusion: John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension at Royce Hall