Here's a collection of blues-related links from around the web. A little bit of history, and some new music from great artists.
Robert “Mack” McCormick served as an oracle to an eager following of blues enthusiasts. He built renown as a dogged researcher and a brilliant writer interested in regional music, vernacular, culinary trends — anything that lent a region a particular flavor. Through parts of the 1950s and ’60s, McCormick amassed an archive of field recordings of blues musicians, detailed notes and scholarly writings. He called it “the Monster.”
Now the Smithsonian, which acquired the archive nine months ago, has released “Playing for the Man at the Door,” a box set composed of 66 songs, essays and scores of photographs.
A new documentary, “Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughan: Brothers in Blues” follows them from the Oak Cliff neighborhood to the top of the music charts. Producer and director Kirby Warnock told the Texas Standard he drew in part on his own memories of watching some of the Vaughan brothers’ earliest performances.
Today only hard-core blues fans and fellow musicians remember Alexander’s name, in part because his recording career was brief and his early death came before the blues revival of the 1960s. But his talent was undeniable, and he left a lasting mark on dozens of legendary artists, from Lightnin’ Hopkins to legendary blues guitarist Lowell Fulson.
Stevie Ray Vaughan defined the sound of contemporary blues guitar – here are 20 techniques you can learn from the Stratocaster master
Get inside the Texas blues icon’s style with this in-depth lesson on his incendiary playing
Total Guitar contributor Jon Bishop with a solid lesson on some SRV techniques.
Texas Blues Rocker Lance Lopez Celebrates Release Of New Album "Trouble Is Good" With New Video And Tour
On July 14th, Lopez released his brand new album Trouble Is Good, an all-original album and his first in over five years that surely marks the culmination of this brilliant artist’s extraordinary journey from young Texas blues prodigy to one of the most vibrant voices in guitar-based music today!
Today, we premiere the lead single off Real Gone!, “Texas Louisiana,” a barn-burning and crackling duet between Venable and Guy. Together the two bookend the everlasting fire of the blues, tapping into the soul of the genre by tossing energy and riffs back and forth with grace, heat and ease. They intertwine their vocals and guitar work, allowing their identities to dissolve as musical imprint contracts and releases like one beating heart.