To a musician, getting asked to join Prince's band is like winning the lottery. Like Miles Davis, James Brown, or Frank Zappa before him, having been in Prince's band takes a musician to the next level. They are rigorously trained by the absolute best in the business. So how did the young Toronto-bo ... More >>
If any rock performer can double as a character in a James Joyce novel, it's Ralph Carney. A multi-instrumentalist best known as reedman for Tom Waits and a host of others, the S.F.-based Carney plays the way he talks: expansive, eccentric, and endlessly discursive. As a member of Tin Huey, he wa ... More >>
Lyle LovettJohn HiattJune 9, 2011@ Marin CenterBetter Than: Almost any other concert featuring middle-aged white guys singing the blues.In some ways, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt are an odd couple. Lovett sings with a wry throaty croak, whereas Hiatt favors passionate, lung-bursting howls. Hiatt wr ... More >>
BrokeNCYDE: All your fears about the younger generation, realized.It's a terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible, terrible question. And a necessary one. Why necessary? Hell, we need some way to talk about the stuff. And it's terrible, obviously, because there's no successful way to answer it ... 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 >>
Cadillac Records can't handle the truth.
The Harmonica Honcho
Arthur Lee 1945-2006
You and me and the Bravery, sitting around, full of it
If you weren't at this landmark blues concert, Lightning in a Bottle will do
Music and dance older than Jim Crow
Ready for Love
Holiday Event Lisitngs
Guitarist Vince Converse rocks the blues with sassy wah-wah and other effects.
Valencia Between 16th and 17th Streets
The Robert Cray Band at the S.F. Jazz Festival
Jukebox Hero and Gordon Dorsey
Tom Mazzolini speaks proudly of his San Francisco Blues Festival. But each musician is proud for a different reason.
The Last Cigarette and Pretty Things
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.
Former Sister Double Happiness frontman Gary Floyd re-confronts his (and America's) musical roots
Kronos Quartet blends history, cultures, and classical music
The Chess Records 50th anniversary reissues and the death of the blues
Tom Waits raises dough for pal Don Hyde's defense
The rough-and-tumble blues of R.L. Burnside
Morphine's moody, sax-flavored sound plays like the soundtrack to a dime-store novel
The life and times of Preacher Boy and the Natural Blues