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Preparing for the New White Stripes Album

I case you haven't noticed by now, I'm a big fan of the White Stripes. I've been listening to them since their commercial debut and within the course of about a month of when I first heard of them, they were my newest favorite band.

Curtis Blues: Delta Blues Reincarnated in a One Man Band

There is something about the early history of the blues that really speaks to me. After first discovering blues through artists like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin (and others like the White Stripes) I've been interested in the early days; the music that influenced these artists. Backtracking my way through the blues it wasn't long before I was consumed by artists like Son House, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie McTell, Leadbelly, Willie Dixon, Charlie Patton, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Robert Jr. Lockwood and of course Robert Johnson (plus many others).

The Quintessential Heavy Metal Band Plays Folk: The Acoustic Side of Led Zeppelin.

When I first listened to an entire Led Zeppelin album it was during my grunge rock period when I had become obsessed with the Smashing Pumpkins, especially their heaviest songs. Craving more gut wrenching, fuzzed out guitars I sought what many consider the quintessential heavy metal band: Led Zeppelin.

Meet the Kills: Delta Blues and Rock & Roll Filtered through Punk that is as Dark as Night

Back in 2002 after some encouragement from one of my college friends I finally checked out the band of the hour: The White Stripes. I was immediately hooked and more interested in the underground punk blues movement that was apparently taking place under my nose while I was listening to alternative metal and things called nu- something or other.

I never looked back and I found a number of good bands through the White Stripes like the Soledad Brothers, the Detroit Cobras, Mr. Airplane Man and the subject of this article: The Kills.

Rediscovering Roy Buchanan: Blues Guitar Legend

Although I'm very passionate about my music, my guitar playing and blues, I don't in any way consider myself an expert on any of these topics. I'm always open to new artists and a lot of artists that have received high praise from other musicians I simply haven't had the chance to listen to yet.

This will explain to some why I had never listened to Roy Buchanan till recently.

Rock & Roll Feature: Layla and the Dominos

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

Blues Trace: From Modern Rock to the Dawn of the Blues

The blues seems to be a hard genre of music to be into these days, especially when you're in your 20s, but its one of my passions. Few other genres can boast such pure unadulterated emotion in its rawest form. I came to the blues through modern rock, oddly enough. Growing up in the grunge and post grunge era I listened to a lot of alternative rock and more recently, bands of the garage rock movement. After hearing the White Stripes and the Strokes, I rediscovered classic rock, garage rock, and early rock and roll. From there I found the influences of rock and roll, the blues.

Rock & Roll Feature: Soldedad Brothers - Steal Your Soul and Dare Your Spirit to Move

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

For the first featured rock and roll album I thought I would start with a relative unknown. The band is the Soledad Brothers, the album Steal Your Soul and Dare Your Spirit to Move.

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