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Stevie Ray Vaughan Live: Putting Passion into the Music Like No Other

When it comes to blues, Stevie Ray Vaughan is one of those names that is pretty common place amongst blues enthusiasts and even those who are not as big of fans. I've been a fan of SRV for a long time, but I didn't really get engrossed with his music until I actually saw him play in video clips (unfortunately I was never able to see him live in person before his tragic death). He puts so much soul and effort into his playing that it becomes more than just a series of guitar licks.

It Ain't Easy, Long John Baldry and the Birth of British Blues: A Book Review

Sometimes when I read about rock and roll history I'm amazed at how haphazardly mainstream history elevates some figures to iconic status, but leaves others to linger in obscurity. The same is true of mainstream success which can often have little to nothing to do with the actual influence a particular artist has on others or even the quality of the music.

Rock & Roll Feature: Cream, Disraeli Gears Turns 40

This is the twelfth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Scotty L and the Demon Pig Trio: Great Name, Great Blues and Rock and Roll

When it comes to blues, I like just about all of it. Each artist's take on the classic blues ideas are unique, but some are more unique than others. Those truly unique ones are the artists that tend to really stick in my mind. A week or two ago I had one of the readers of the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll recommend to me a blues band they caught at the House of Blues in Atlantic City. This band is just that... complete unique... and indeed they have stuck in my mind.

Leadbelly: Folk Master Plays Take this Hammer

After I came to the early blues masters through the music of Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, the White Stripes and a few others, it really opened the floodgates for me and suddenly people like Blind Willie Mctell, Son House and Robert Johnson were having as big an influence on me as John Lennon and Jimmy Page. One of the artists I started listening to during that time was the one and only Huddie Ledbetter, aka Leadbelly.

Blues Jam: BB King, Albert King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan

Blues is a genre that continues to inspire me everyday for it's pure soul and emotional outpourings in musical form. Nothing in my mind is a better example of this than a great blues jam between a bunch of amazing musicians, each seeming to inspire the others to new heights. What could be a better blues jam than "The Sky is Crying", a blues classic, done by the one and only Albert King, with young Stevie Ray Vaughan as a guest guitarist AND the legendary B.B. King?

The Late Great Cream: Less than Three Years, but a Huge Influence

In rock and roll history, there are some bands that have obtained legendary, even mythic status. The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Grateful Dead etc... each with careers that span multiple albums and often a decade or more. Then there is another group of rock groups that achieved this massive status is an almost impossibly short amount of time. The Sex Pistols were only around for one album and even Jimi Hendrix was on the scene for only about 4 years at most and yet both had a huge impact on rock and roll... And then there is Cream.

The Peter Green Era Fleetwood Mac

I remember first hearing the pop styling of Fleetwood Mac very early in my youth on classic rock radio. They always seemed like one of those classic era bands that were always talked about in some way or another. Later on as I began to really investigate classic rock I did seek out their music and felt satisfied by a lengthy "Best of" collection... well that was until I started playing guitar and discovered Peter Green.

Deep Folksy Blues and Rock and Roll from the Darrin James Band

August must have been the month of vaguely folk-ish singer/songwriter music because it seemed as if every suggestion I received for the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll was in that genre or at least close enough to it that I would associate it with that label. That's not necessarily a bad thing as there were some great artists, some of whom have already been featured, but still, after a while it did get a little repetitive.

T-Bone Walker Plays the Blues Like No One Else: Stormy Monday Live

I think one of my favorite byproducts from this new Internet era of music is the increased popularity of so many great blues artists due to great footage of them playing live. Blues is the roots of rock and roll and the blues greats had such a profound influence on the classic rock era that I don't think we can really begin to understand artists/bands like Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin (and countless others) without going back to listen to their influences.

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