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Blues Links Roundup For 09.01.23

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Sep 1st, 2023

Here's a collection of blues-related links from the web from the past week.

How David Bowie helped launch Stevie Ray Vaughan’s career – and why their joint tour was canceled at the last minute

Moments before Vaughan boarded Bowie’s bus, the tour manager pulled his gear and bags off the vehicle. The bus took off without him, leaving SRV on the sidewalk with no idea what to do next.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Sweet & Low (Official Music Video)

Kenny's got a new album on the way, and this is the first track available so far. Preorder the album here

Session Guitarist Recalls Giving Jason Becker Blues Lessons, Reveals How Jason Reacted to Albert King

Jason Becker's playing is one of the few examples of "shredding" that sounds musical to me. I found this story fascinating.

"Jason came over for a few guitar lessons because David Lee Roth wanted him to 'add a little more blues in'. So, he sent Jason to me for some lessons, and when I listened to his Cacophony stuff, I was like, 'Oh my God, what can I possibly show this guy?' I didn't think he would be interested in what I had to say, but he came over anyway, and within five minutes, we hit it off."

Five Incredible Under-the-Radar Blues Guitar Solos by Fender Stratocaster Players

Kudos for including "Cry" By Doyle Bramhall II, one of my favorite songs of all time.

Blues Guitarist And Vocalist Ronnie Baker Brooks Joins The Alligator Records Family

This is GREAT news. Ronnie's last album was in 2017; here is one of my favorite tracks from that album.

(Laura Chavez) - San Diego musician wins Blues Guitarist of the Year

For more than three decades, Laura Chavez has travelled the world playing the blues and if you're wondering why maybe you don't know her name. "For one, I don't sing. Ever. I don't like talking all that much," said Laura. "I'm terrible at self-promotion".

This is the first I've heard of Laura Chavez, but she's got soul and feel for days.

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