Bluegrass has been getting a heck of a lot more bluesy over the last twenty years thanks to CMH Records’Pickin’ On series. The Bluegrass tribute series takes the most beloved and popular songs from dozens of artists over numerous genres of the last fifty-plus years and meticulously reconstructs them from the ground up in the style sprang from the Appalachian region of the United States. Of course, you’d be hard-pressed to stay away from the blues, as well as much of the music it has influenced, when paying tribute to popular music of the last five decades, so it should come as no surprise that blues and blues rock musicians have been included throughout the Pickin’ On series. Exceptionally skilled Bluegrass musicians have come together wielding fiddles, harmonicas, mandolins, steel guitars, dobros, and banjos to deliver wildly unique takes on the music of Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band, The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, ZZ Top, and Jimi Hendrix. Spread over multiple volumes, the bluegrass tributes to Clapton’s work delve deep into…
Known for his recordings of “My Baby Is Gone”, “Crawlin’ King Snake” and “Baby, Please Don’t Go”, Delta bluesman Big Joe Williams performs at the 1972 American Folk Blues Festival in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by Heinrich Klaffs.
ZZ Top took to the stage of Bonnaroo’s This Tent on June 14, 2013, where the Texas trio performed a slew of songs both new and old for the masses in attendance at the festival’s twelfth year. The band proved they have plenty of bite, blues and boogie still left in them with their spot on performance of the classic “Gimmie All Your Lovin'”, which was released over thirty years ago on the ZZ Top’s monumental album Eliminator.
Blues and roots musicianOtis Taylor and his touring band are joined by Mato Nanji, lead singer and guitarist of the blues-rock groupIndigenous, during a performance of “Blue Rain In Africa”, which comes from Taylor’s most recent release, My World Is Gone.
Pop Culture is a phenomenon that Tribut lives for. We need it so much because we just can’t get enough of it! This week we’re back with another installment of Tribut’s This Week In Pop Culture where we’re taking a look at all the pop-culture happenings during the week of October 2 through October 8.