Eatin At Me

          GURF MORLIX Eatin’ At Me Rootball   Gurf Morlix won mainstream recognition during his time as Lucinda Williams’ guitar player, musical director and producer. After they had a falling out over the band’s musical direction, Morlix moved on and became a freelance producer. Since … → read more

HOWELLDEVINE: Modern Sounds of Ancient Juju

          HowellDevine Modern Sounds of Ancient Juju Arhoolie 550   In 2013, HowellDevine’s delightful Jumps, Boogies & Wobbles became the first new blues album that the roots-music devotees at Chris Strachwitz’s Arhoolie Records had released in 25 years. That speaks well for the relaxed but … → read more

VARIOUS ARTISTS: We Are The Music Makers!

        VARIOUS ARTISTS We Are The Music Makers!: Preserving      the Soul of America’s Music Music Maker Relief Foundation   Founded in 1984, the North Carolina-based Music Maker Relief Foundation – led by Tim and Denise Duffy – is utterly pragmatic in its goals: preserving traditional southern … → read more

Rest in Peace Johnny Winter

Texas blues icon Johnny Winter has passed, according to a statement from his representative. The Grammy-winning guitarist was 70 years old. By the age of 15, Winter, a native of Texas, had begun his own band and was a fluent multi-instrumentalist (ukulele and clarinet). With encouragement from his parents, Johnny’s … → read more

DEAN ALGER: The Original Guitar Hero and The Power of Music

      Dean Alger The Original Guitar Hero And the Power of Music: The Legendary Lonnie Johnson, Music & Civil Rights University of North Texas Press ISBN: 978-1574415469   This long overdue, deeply researched biography deals with the roller-coaster life and times of one of the unsung geniuses … → read more