In an attempt to modernize his sound, Chess Records convinced Chester Burnett (better known as the legendary bluesman Howlin’ Wolf) to record an album mixing blues and psychedelic rock, in the vein of Jimi Hendrix or Cream. The label had just been successful with Muddy Water’s own psychedelic blues release, Electric Mud (his first album to hit the Billboard charts), and wanted to see if lightning would strike twice. Recorded in November of 1968, the same backing musicians that were featured on Electric Mud were brought in for what would be simply called “The Howlin’ Wolf Album”. Feeling that the album’s sound was not blues, Burnett was less than enthusiastic about the recording, and…
Steve Miller trades guitar licks and smiles with Texas blues rocker Jimmie Vaughan while performing the 15th annual Santa Cruz Blues Festival on May 25, 2013. Photo by Jerome Brunet.
The 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival finds The King of the Blues B.B. King joined on stage by three bluesmen, each a legend in his own right, that he has had a profound influence on in his lifelong career in the blues. Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, and Jimmie Vaughan join Mr. King in performing“The Thrill Is Gone”, perhaps the most important song of the elder bluesman’s career. The four guitarists are then joined by pedal steel guitar master Robert Randolph, before a slew of other musicians gather, including Susan Tedeschi, Ronnie Wood, Buddy Guy, and more! It’s a wonder the stage didn’t buckle under the weight of all that talent…
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band brings some a whole new soulful element to the sound and presence of Gov’t Mule‘s blues rock rendition of the traditional gospel blues song, “John the Revelator”, which was originally recorded by Blind Willie Johnson in 1930.
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 30 through November 5.