zondag 17 juni 2018

Bob Dylan - "Hard Times Come Again No More"

"Hard Times Come Again No More" (sometimes, "Hard Times") is an American parlor song written by Stephen Foster. It was published in New York by Firth, Pond & Co. in 1854 as Foster's Melodies No. 28. Well-known and popular in its day, both in America and Europe, the song asks the fortunate to consider the plight of the less fortunate and ends with one of Foster's favorite images: "a pale drooping maiden".
The first audio recording was a wax cylinder by the Edison Manufacturing Company (Edison Gold Moulded 9120) in 1905. It has been recorded and performed numerous times since. The song is Roud Folk Song Index #2659.
A satirical version about soldier's food was popular in the American Civil War, "Hard Tack Come Again No More".

    "Hard Times Come Again No More"(album "Good as I Been to You" )

Good as I Been to You is the 28th studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released on November 3, 1992, by Columbia Records.
It is composed entirely of traditional folk songs and covers, and is Dylan's first entirely solo, acoustic album since Another Side of Bob Dylan in 1964. It is also his first collection not to feature any original compositions since Dylan in 1973.(Wikipedia)

donderdag 14 juni 2018

Joe Bonamassa - Sloe Gin (HIBF - 9 Juni 2018)

     foto Arthur
Het slotakkoord van een heerlijk,twee dagen durend muziekfeest in Grolloo.Met een show van zo,n anderhalf uur zorgde Joe Bonamassa dat de tent volledig uit zijn dak ging.Een waardig einde van een prachtig fesival.

                Sloe Gin (encore)

woensdag 13 juni 2018

Laurence Jones feat.Erwin Java - Window Of My Eyes (HIBF 9 Juni - 2018 )

     De derde editie van het HIBF weer zeer geslaagd.Was de dag 1, o.a met Jeff Beck en Walter Trout al erg mooi,de tweede dag klopte wat mij betreft muzikaal gezien alles. Tommy Castro ,Laurence Jones,Joanne Shaw Taylor .Joe Bonamassa,allemaal al meerdere keren in aktie en gezien ,en muzikanten die nog steeds beter worden.De enige nieuwe ondekking was Marcus King,ook erg goed die jongen komt er wel.Een bijzonder moment was het gastoptreden van Erwin Java bij de band van Laurence Jones.Een prachtig eerbetoon aan Harry Muskee met deze uitvoering van Window Of My Eyes ,en kippenvel bij de bluesliefhebbers met deze C&B klassieker.

     Window Of My Eyes ( Gelling/Muskee)

                                    Eelco Gelling                                   Harry Muskee

Fleetwood Mac - The story of the early years (1967-1970)

Fleetwood Mac were formed in July 1967 in London when Peter Green left the British blues band John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Peter Green had replaced guitarist Eric Clapton in the Bluesbreakers,[8] and received critical acclaim for his work on their album A Hard Road. After he had been in the Bluesbreakers for some time, Green asked if drummer Mick Fleetwood could replace Aynsley Dunbar. Green had been in two bands with Fleetwood—Peter B's Looners and the subsequent Shotgun Express (which featured a young Rod Stewart as vocalist).John Mayall agreed and Fleetwood became a member of the band.The Bluesbreakers now consisted of Green, Fleetwood, John McVie and Mayall. Mayall gave Green free recording time as a gift, in which Fleetwood, McVie and Green recorded five songs. The fifth song was an instrumental which Green named after the rhythm section, "Fleetwood Mac". (Wikipedia)

   Shake Your Monymaker

 Soon after, Green contacted Fleetwood to form a new band. The pair wanted McVie on bass guitar and even named the band 'Fleetwood Mac' as a way to entice him. However, McVie opted to keep his steady income with Mayall rather than take a risk with a new band. In the meantime, Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood teamed up with slide guitarist Jeremy Spencer and bassist Bob Brunning, who was in the band on the understanding that he would leave if McVie agreed to join. The Green, Fleetwood, Spencer, Brunning version of the band made its debut on 13 August 1967 at the Windsor Jazz and Blues Festival as Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac featuring Jeremy Spencer. Brunning merely played at a handful of gigs with Fleetwood Mac. Within weeks of this show, John McVie agreed to join the band as permanent bassist.(Wikipedia)


Fleetwood Mac's first album, Fleetwood Mac, was a no-frills blues album and was released on the Blue Horizon label in February 1968.[13] In fact there were no other players on the album (except for the song "Long Grey Mare", which was recorded with Brunning on bass). The album was successful in the UK, hitting No. 4, though it did not have any singles on it. The band soon released two singles "Black Magic Woman" (later a big hit for Santana) and "Need Your Love So Bad".
The band's second album, Mr. Wonderful, was released in August 1968. Like the first, it was an all-blues album. The album was recorded live in the studio with miked amplifiers and PA system, rather than plugged into the board.. They also added horns and featured a friend of the band on keyboards, Christine Perfect of Chicken Shack.(Wikipedia)

 Like Crying

Shortly after the release of their second album, Fleetwood Mac added guitarist Danny Kirwan, then just eighteen years old, to their line-up, recruited from the South London blues trio Boilerhouse, consisting of Kirwan on guitar with Trevor Stevens on bass and Dave Terrey on drums.[17] Green and Fleetwood had been to watch Boilerhouse rehearse in a basement boiler-room and Green was so impressed, he invited the band to play support slots for Fleetwood Mac. Green wanted Boilerhouse to become a professional band but Stevens and Terrey were not prepared to turn professional at the time, so Green sought to find another rhythm section by placing an ad in Melody Maker. There were over 300 applicants, but when Green and Fleetwood ran auditions at the Nag's Head in Battersea (home of the Mike Vernon Blue Horizon Club), the hard to please Green could not find anyone good enough to replace the pair, so he invited Kirwan to join Fleetwood Mac as their third guitarist.(Wikipedia)

   O Well
Green had been frustrated that Jeremy Spencer had little desire to contribute to Green's songs. A self-taught guitarist, Kirwan's signature vibrato and unique style added a new dimension to an already complete band. With Kirwan, the band released their first number one single in Europe, "Albatross". Around this time they released their second American album, English Rose, which contained half of Mr. Wonderful, new songs from Kirwan, and their third European album called The Pious Bird of Good Omen, which was a collection of singles, B-sides, and a selection of some work the band did with Eddie Boyd.(Wikipedia)

    I,m Worried (Njardhallen in Oslo, Norway, november 3, 1969)

When the band went to the United States in January 1969 they recorded many songs at the soon-to-close Chess Records Studio, with some blues legends of Chicago including Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy and Otis Spann. These would prove, however, to be Fleetwood Mac's last all-blues recordings. Along with their change of style, the band was also going through some label changes. Up until this point, they had been on Blue Horizon. With Kirwan in the band, however, the musical possibilities were too great for them to stay on a blues-only label. The band signed with the Immediate Records label and released "Man of the World", another British and European hit single. For the B-side Spencer fronted Fleetwood Mac as "Earl Vince and the Valiants" and recorded "Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonite", typifying the more raucous rock 'n' roll side of the band. Immediate Records was in bad shape and the band shopped around for a new deal. Even though The Beatles wanted the band on Apple Records (Mick Fleetwood and George Harrison were brothers-in-law), the band's manager Clifford Davis decided to go with Warner Bros. Records (through Reprise Records, a Frank Sinatra-founded label), the label they have stayed with ever since.(Wikipedia)

  Give me All Your Love

Fleetwood Mac's first album for Reprise, released in September 1969, was the well-regarded Then Play On. Although the initial pressing of the American release of this album was the same as the British version, it was altered to contain the song "Oh Well", which featured consistently in live performances from the time of its release through 1997, and then again starting in 2009. Then Play On, which was the band's first rock album, featured only the songs of Kirwan and Green. Jeremy Spencer, meanwhile, recorded a solo album (he was backed by the rest of the band) which consisted of many 1950s-style rock and roll songs.(Wikipedia)

                                           Peter Green solo

 In July 1969, Fleetwood Mac opened for Ten Years After at the Schaefer Music Festival at New York City's Wollman Rink. They re-appeared at the festival in 1970.
By 1970, Peter Green, the frontman of the band, was not in good health. He had taken LSD in Munich, which may have contributed to the onset of his schizophrenia.[19] German author and filmmaker Rainer Langhans mentions in his autobiography that he and Uschi Obermaier met Peter Green in Munich, where they invited him to their "High-Fish-Commune". They were not really interested in Green; they just wanted to get in contact with Mick Taylor: Langhans and Obermaier wished to organise a "Bavarian Woodstock". They wanted Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones to be the leading acts of their Bavarian open air festival. They needed Green just to get in contact with The Rolling Stones via Mick Taylor.(Wikipedia)

                                           Rattlesnake Shake

 Green's last hit with Fleetwood Mac was "The Green Manalishi (With the Two-Prong Crown)" (first recorded at the Boston Tea Party in February 1970 and later recorded by Judas Priest). This recording was released as Green's mental stability deteriorated, and he wanted to give all of the band's money to charity. Other members of the band did not agree, and subsequently Green decided to leave the band. His last show with Fleetwood Mac was on 20 May 1970. During that show, the band went past their allotted time and the power was shut off, although Mick Fleetwood kept drumming. Some of the Boston Tea Party recordings (5/6/7 February 1970) were eventually released in the 1980s as the Live in Boston album, with a more complete remastered 3-volume compilation released by Snapper Music in the late 1990s.(Wikipedia)

    The end of a beautiful era......

More Fleetwood Mac:



zaterdag 2 juni 2018

Rory Gallagher - Acoustic , FR3-TV Lambersart studio, Lille, France (1975-07-25)

      Blues-rock musician and singer Rory Gallagher featured on this episode of ‘Me and My Music’.  The series featured singers and songwriters of the seventies, talking about the music business and performing some of their songs.

 "This evening it’s acoustic music, nice for a change for me, because normally it’s three-quarters electric music on the show." Rory.

                            "Out on the Western Plain" (Lead Belly) - album Againt The Grain

 Against the Grain is the seventh album by Irish musician Rory Gallagher, released in 1975. It was his first album with his new record company Chrysalis. The album is mostly new songs written by Gallagher as well as some classic blues and R&B numbers.

      "Too Much Alcohol" (JB Hutto) abum Irish Tour "74"

 Irish Tour '74 is the sixth album by Rory Gallagher, compiled from live recordings made at concerts on an Irish Tour in January 1974 at Belfast Ulster Hall, Dublin Carlton Cinema and Cork City Hall. "Back on My Stompin' Ground (After Hours)" was taken from a jam session during the tour on the Lane Mobile Unit. Irish Tour '74 has sold in excess of two million copies worldwide. An article in a Belfast daily newspaper stated: "Rory Gallagher never forgot Northern Ireland, he returned throughout the '70s when few other artists of his calibre dared come near the place.

     "Banker,s Blues" (Big Bill Broonzy) album Bleu Print

 Blueprint is the fourth album by Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher, released as a vinyl record in 1973. With his first band Taste and with his solo band up to this point Gallagher was one of the first guitarists to lead a power trio lineup. With Blueprint Gallagher included a keyboardist for the first time.

                                         Secret Agent ,album Calling Card

 Calling Card is the eighth album by Irish singer/guitarist Rory Gallagher. A 1976 release, it was his second of four albums released on Chrysalis Records in the 1970s. Deep Purple/Rainbow bass guitarist Roger Glover co-produced with Gallagher: it was the first time that Gallagher worked with a "name" producer and the only successful such collaboration.[1] It was also the last album Gallagher would do with Rod de'Ath (drums) and Lou Martin (keyboards). After Calling Card, Gallagher retained only his long-time bass guitarist Gerry McAvoy and hired Ted McKenna on drums. This revised power trio was Gallagher's line up for the next five years when Brendan O'Neil took the sticks.

                                          Going To My Home Town

Although at this stage Gallagher was spending most of his time performing in the United States, he came to the RTÉ studios to record this acoustic set. He had just released his ‘Calling Card’ album a couple of months beforehand and indeed the quieter, more reflective side of Gallagher’s playing is evident in this programme.
Me And My Music: Rory Gallagher was broadcast on 22 February 1977.  The producer was Ian McGarry.

                   William Rory Gallagher (2 March 1948 – 14 June 1995) R.I.P.


More Rory.....

 Taste Jazz Bilzen

Taste Isle Of white

Houston Texas

 I Could've Had Religion

 All Around Man

dinsdag 29 mei 2018

Ian Siegal (solo) - Duvel Blues (26 Mei 2018)

          Ook dit jaar weer een prachtig line-up ,voldoende redenen richting Puurs af te reizen..Ik zag een prima Bob Dylan Tribute band met Mark De Wit en Rik Ooms.(ik ben altijd erg kritisch was BD tributes betreft,maar dit was goed gedaan)Ook Dries begon met een BDtje.JJ.Thames zag ik al in Wespelaar,ook hier met haar uitstekende band.Nico Bacton was een aangename verrassing in de zaal Nico is een Gentenaar ,woonachtig in Frankrijk.Uitstekende begeleiders,prima optreden.Over Corey Dennison  goede berichten gehoord,en die maakte hij volledig waar,. Niet alleen een prima gitarist, maar was vooral onder de indruk van zijn stem.Terug naar de zaal voor het optreden van de mij bekende Steven Troch samen met Lon Eldridge Erg mooie combinatie,soulful harmonicaspel van Steven en finger-picking gitaarspel van Lon,die bovendien in het bezit is van een prima stem.Zeer relaxt optreden,genoten. Fred Chapellier was ,samen met Ian Siegel ook een reden om af te reizen .het werd een prachtig optreden samen met de soul/gospelzanger Dale Blade.Daarna naar de zaal voor het optreden van Ian Siegal     De prachtige beelden zijn van Fred Celis

Eagle Vulture
In een tijdbestek van zo,n 15 jaar Ian Siegal diverse malen op zien treden.Meestal met band maar ook enkele malen met Jimbo Mathus,Dit was de eerste keer dat ik hem zag als soloariest.

 House Rent Blues

Het werd een prachtige perfomance in een bloedhete zaal. Zijn opkomst was wat verlaat want zijn favoriete voetbalploeg Liverpool speelde de Champions Finale,helaas voor hem verloren.Het deed niets af van dit prachtige optreden.Zeer geinspereerd met nummers als o.a "Judgement Day", "Rye Wiskey" natuurlijk "John The Revelator" ,"Hard Times" ,"My Pony", "Oh Mary Don’t You Weep" ,‘You Gotta Move"en het prachtige "My Flame"van zijn  laatste album

My Flame

Met de opmerking dat er op de zg "blues"festivals  niet veel echte bluesartiesten te horen zijn heeft hij ontegenzeggelijk een punt ,ik roep dat ook al jaren.Niet erg hoor ,als de muziek maar goed is.
Met de bewerkingen van echt bluesmannen als Charly Patton,John Hurt,en Mississippi  Fred Mc Dowwell zit dat bij Ian Siegal in ieder geval wel goed.Voor mij was dit optreden in ieder geval een van de hoogtepunten,Een van mijn muziekvrienden maakte de opmerking dat Ian Siegal eigenlijk helemaal geen band nodig heeft zegt genoeg over dit optreden

Ian Siegal & Carmen Vandenberg

Ian Siegal - Early Grace

 Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus

zondag 27 mei 2018

Kai Strauss & the Electric Blues All-Stars - Bleusfestival Kwadendamme (11 Mei 2018)

  foto Arthur
Kai Strauss -guitar/vocals,Kevin DuVernay- bass, Alex Lex -drums, Mo Fuhrhop -keyboards,
Thomas Feldmann - sax en harmonica)

Na zo,n 15 jaar toeren met Memo Gonzalez vond Kai het tijd voor een eigen band ,The Electric Bleus All Stars.Ik zag hem twee jaar geleden met een optreden  op het bluesfestival in Ridderkerk.
Ook deze avond zorgde hij met zijn band voor een van de hoogtepunten van het festival in Kwadendamme

   Howlin’Wolf’s “Commit A Crime”.(encore)

     Kai Strauss (gitaar),  en Thomas Feldmann (sax en harmonica)
Met ondersteuning van de ritmesectie met Kevin DuVernay op bas, Alex Lex achter de drums hebben we drie solisten op het podium staan, die op hun instrumenten allemaal hun mannetje stonden en voor een breed scala aan instrumentale hoogstandjes zorgen(The Blues Alone)

Kai Strauss -Ridderkerk (2016)

woensdag 23 mei 2018

Tim Hardin - (December 23, 1941 – December 29, 1980)

James Timothy Hardin was an American folk musician and composer. He wrote the Top 40 hit "If I Were a Carpenter", covered by, among others, Bobby Darin, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, The Four Tops, Robert Plant, and Johnny Rivers; his song "Reason to Believe" has also been covered by many artists, notably Rod Stewart (who had a chart hit with the song), Neil Young, and The Carpenters. Hardin is also known for his own recording career (Wikipedia)

Hardin was born in Eugene, Oregon and attended South Eugene High School. He dropped out of high school at age 18 to join the Marine Corps. Hardin is said to have discovered heroin while posted to the far east.
After his discharge he moved to New York City in 1961, where he briefly attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He was dismissed due to truancy and began to focus on his musical career by performing around Greenwich Village, mostly in a blues style.
After moving to Boston in 1963 he was discovered by the record producer Erik Jacobsen (later the producer for The Lovin' Spoonful), who arranged a meeting with Columbia Records. In 1964 he moved back to Greenwich Village to record for his contract with Columbia. The resulting recordings were not released and Columbia terminated Hardin's recording contract.(Wikipedia)

After moving to Los Angeles in 1965, he met actress Susan Yardley Morss (known professionally as Susan Yardley),[2][6] and moved back to New York with her. He signed to the Verve Forecast label, and produced his first authorized album, Tim Hardin 1 in 1966 which contained "Reason To Believe" and the ballad "Misty Roses" which did receive Top 40 radio play.
Tim Hardin 2 was released in 1967; it contained "If I Were a Carpenter". An English tour was cut short after Hardin contracted pleurisy.(Wikipedia)

An album entitled This is Tim Hardin, featuring covers of "House of the Rising Sun", Fred Neil's "Blues on the Ceilin'" and Willie Dixon's "Hoochie Coochie Man", among others, appeared in 1967, on the Atco label. The liner notes indicate that the songs were recorded in 1963–1964, well prior to the release of Tim Hardin 1. In 1968, Verve released Tim Hardin 3 Live in Concert, a collection of live recordings along with re-makes of previous songs. It was followed by Tim Hardin 4, another collection of blues-influenced tracks believed to date from the same period as This is Tim Hardin. In September 1968 he and Van Morrison shared a bill at the Cafe au Go Go, at which each performed an acoustic set.

In 1969, Hardin again signed with Columbia and had one of his few commercial successes, as a non-LP single of Bobby Darin's "Simple Song of Freedom" reached the US Top 50. Hardin did not tour in support of this single—his heroin use and stage fright made his live performances erratic.

 Also in 1969 he appeared at the Woodstock Festival where he sang his "If I Were a Carpenter" song solo, as well as a full set of his music while backed by a full band. None of his performances were included in the documentary film or the original soundtrack album. His performance of "If I Were a Carpenter" was included on the 1994 box-set Woodstock: Three Days of Peace and Music.
He recorded three albums for Columbia—Suite for Susan Moore and Damion: We Are One, One, All in One; Bird on a Wire; and Painted Head.

 During the following years Hardin moved between England and the U.S. His heroin addiction had taken control of his life by the time his last album, Nine, was released on GMA Records in the UK in 1973 (the album did not see a U.S. release until it appeared on Antilles Records in 1976). He sold the writers' rights to his songs, but the details of how this transpired vary.[2] On December 29, 1980, Hardin was found on the floor of his Hollywood apartment by longtime friend Ron Daniels. He died of a heroin overdose. His remains were buried in Twin Oaks Cemetery in Turner, Oregon.

  Tim Hardin Biography

zondag 20 mei 2018

Ry Cooder - Teardrops Will Fall - (live February 27, 1981)

Live at the The Old Waldorf ,San Francisco, CA

 thanks to the taper!
Ry Cooder - guitar, vocals,John Hiatt - guitar, vocals,Daryl Verdusco - drums
Jesse Harms - keyboards,James Rolliston - bass,Willie Green - bass vocals,Bobby King -vocals

 Old Waldorf was a music venue located in San Francisco, California. The famous club was located at 444 Battery St, and was originally opened by Jeffrey Pollack in 1976 before selling it to Bill Graham who closed it in 1983.[1] During its time Old Waldorf hosted some of the biggest names in the music industry, such as Ry Cooder ,AC/DC, Blue Öyster Cult, Iggy Pop, Rory Gallagher, Metallica, Pat Benatar, R.E.M., Spirit, Poco, U2 and Dead Kennedys.

donderdag 17 mei 2018

Dave Mcgraw & Mandy Fer - Crossroad-Sessions (t Zwijnshoofd,Bergen Op Zoom ,14 mei 2018)

     Dave McGraw & amp; Mandy Fer were a great ending to a beautiful year Crossroad-sessions in t, Zwijnshoofd in Bergen Op Zoom. I saw them a few years ago at Ramblin Roots in Utrecht, then as a duo, this time amplified with bass and drums. Below a summary of this wonderful performance.

    Dark Dark Woods (album Maritime)

The story of Dave and Mandy...

  Pacific Northwest based songwriter duo Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer voyage even further out to sea on their latest self-produced/recorded release  Off-Grid Lo Fi.  Recorded entirely with solar and wind powered electricity on a nearly uninhabited, remote, off-grid island in northwest Washington state, McGraw and Fer have ventured into new territory, both geographically and artistically.

McGraw and Fer were invited to a seaside farm to care-take for four old donkeys and a flock of chickens for three months on a non-ferry serviced island with a winter population of fewer than eight people. Seizing the opportunity for a solitary writing residency, the duo loaded all of their instruments, minimal recording gear, and groceries into a tiny 16’ aluminum boat and crossed the channel towards the US/Canadian border for what they called their ‘feral’ adventure. Pushing wheelbarrows full of provisions in their rubber boots, they made their way to a hand-built cabin where they recorded Off-Grid Lo-Fi in a living room overlooking the Pacific inland sea. The recording set-up was basic. No computer screens or editing. No Auto-Tune. All real takes. The result is a twelve-song album drenched with rich vocal harmonies, poignant songwriting, Fer’s potent electric guitar playing, acoustic guitars, percussion, cello and newly prominent banjo and piano (all played by Fer and McGraw). Off-Grid Lo-Fi is an intimate, authentic and refreshingly honest exploration into the genres of folk, rock, and roots music.

Known as a standout electric guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, Mandy Fer is unafraid to dominate the stage for an extended guitar solo, defying long-held gender barriers for female guitarists. Dave McGraw’s emotional songwriting riffs on natural elements of the world around him. McGraw spent a decade as a wildlife biologist, studying endangered birds in remote locales from the deserts of Mexico and the Grand Canyon to the mountainous rainforests of Washington. McGraw and Fer joined forces in Flagstaff, Arizona in 2010 before relocating to the Pacific Northwest in 2012.

The duo’s 2014 release Maritime charted at #1 on the EuroAmericana Chart for two consecutive months and was praised by The Telegraph for “…soulful songs, intuitive musicianship, and fine singing.” Together, their exceptional vocal harmonies coupled with Fer’s pioneering electric guitar work have become a vehicle to carry them around the world. The pair has honed their skills touring extensively throughout the US and Europe, sharing stages with fellow troubadours including Iron & Wine, Glen Hansard, Gregory Alan Isakov, Kelly Joe Phelps, Birds of Chicago and many others. Winning over audiences anywhere from Alaska to Amsterdam, McGraw and Fer are harnessing much more than just the sun and wind with the worldwide release of their new album, Off-Grid Lo-Fi Summer 2016.  


 a beautiful end to a wonderful musical evening, until a next time.........

 At Ramblin Roots  18 Okt 2014