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August 18, 2015

As bass players, our instrument has a huge influence on the mood of the music being played.

August 18, 2015

One drag about getting older is watching your heroes die off one at a time.

August 18, 2015

The story sounds like a sequel to breaking bad: a drug-laced apple; a murderous old queen trying to kill a buxom brunette; characters like D...

July 21, 2015

The music of Jimmie Rodgers, a.k.a. “the singing brakeman,” fits right into our discussion of unusual blues forms.

July 21, 2015

You know it all—you just don’t know what to do with the information.

June 18, 2015

Since we’ve been looking at blues forms other than the ubiquitous 12-bar blues, examining the music of John Lee Hooker is a must.

June 18, 2015

“It’s A C7b9 chord, and you’re playing an Effin’d natural!” the piano player is giving you the ray, which means you’re either about to get f...

May 7, 2015

Last month, we checked out a pair of eight-bar forms that pop up Frequently in the blues idiom under the titles “trouble in mind” and “key t...

May 7, 2015

Sassy sings the clever gershwin lyric, “what a kick, how i buzz.

April 15, 2015

This column has examined a wide cross-section of blues styles and players over the past four years, with the one constant element being the ...

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