* The Top 20 Greatest San Francisco Musicians: Honorable Mentions
Here they are -- the 20 greatest San Francisco musicians ever:
20. Cameron Paul
Lists of pioneering American DJs often mention the usual suspects in New York and Chicago, but go back to the '70s and '80s and you'll find ... More >>
Choosing the best S.F. musicians is kinda like forcing yourself to choose your favorite Bay Area bridge: Whatever you pick, there's always a good reason to go with another answer. San Francisco has a well-earned reputation as one of the world's rock 'n' roll meccas, but its contributions to music ha ... More >>
Los Angeles rocker Hanni El Khatib comes off like a badass. Car crashes adorn his release covers, his songs are inspired by '50s blues and '60s garage, and in at least one tune ("You Rascal You," a cover), the song's narrator stalks an adulterer with murderous intent.
Khatib's image -- that of a my ... More >>
By JESSICA HILO
Etta James, the incomparable force behind such hits as "At Last" and "Tell Mama," winner of six Grammys and seventeen Blues Music Awards, died Friday morning in Riverside, Calif. after a lengthy battle with leukemia and dementia. She was 73.
James was an integral member of a cult ... More >>
I've come to understand that if you geek out over particle acceleration or cryobiology or creating special powders from a pig's bladder for the purpose of re-growing fingertips, then you're spared from ridicule as your infatuation largely benefits the species. However, if your thing is War of ... More >>
Pat JohnsonJohn NemethThe producers of TNT's Memphis Beat, a new TV show about a blues-loving cop in Memphis, planned just to have Bay Area singer and harp player John Nemeth record a song for an upcoming episode -- a Howlin' Wolf tune. The plan was to get Nemeth's cut in the can, then hire some ... More >>
Ron Hacker's 65th Birthday Bash @ Biscuits & Blues
Despite widespread blame placed upon their no-good woman and/or the hellhound on their trail, in recent years the average bluesman has been done wrong more often by, sadly, other bluesmen. Ever since the '70s, the genre as a whole has been c ... More >>
Scott AllenHe's No B.B. King: Tommy Cast
As the Merc's Jim Harrington reported yesterday, not has only the 2009 SF Blues Festival has been canceled, but "that cancellation could turn out to be permanent." Harrington quotes event organizer Tom Mazzolini as saying, ""we may well have seen the ... More >>
Paul Pena,who's played with everyone from Jerry Garcia to B.B. King, is coming out of the musical shadows, thanks to the award-winning documentary Genghis Blues. He's also blind, and sick, and entirely tired of living.