zaterdag 3 september 2016

Freddie King(September 3, 1934 – December 28, 1976)


Guitarist Freddie King rode to fame in the early '60s with a spate of catchy instrumentals which became instant bandstand fodder for fellow bluesmen and white rock bands alike. Employing a more down-home (thumb and finger picks) approach to the B.B. King single-string style of playing, King enjoyed success on a variety of different record labels. Furthermore, he was one of the first bluesmen to employ a racially integrated group on-stage behind him. Influenced by Eddie Taylor, Jimmy Rogers, and Robert Jr. Lockwood, King went on to influence the likes of Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Lonnie Mack, among many others.


Whole Lot Of Lovin

Freddie King (who was originally billed as "Freddy" early in his career) was born and raised in Gilmer, TX, where he learned how to play guitar as a child; his mother and uncle taught him the instrument. Initially, King played rural acoustic blues, in the vein of Lightin' Hopkins. By the time he was a teenager, he had grown to love the rough, electrified sounds of Chicago blues. In 1950, when he was 16 years old, his family moved to Chicago, where he began frequenting local blues clubs, listening to musicians like Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Little Walter, and Eddie Taylor. Soon, the young guitarist formed his own band, the Every Hour Blues Boys, and was performing himself.


Hideaway

In the mid-'50s, King began playing on sessions for Parrott and Chess Records, as well as playing with Earlee Payton's Blues Cats and the Little Sonny Cooper Band. Freddie King didn't cut his own record until 1957, when he recorded "Country Boy" for the small independent label El-Bee. The single failed to gain much attention.


Have You Ever Loved a Woman

Three years later, King signed with Federal Records, a subsidiary of King Records, and recorded his first single for the label, "You've Got to Love Her With a Feeling," in August of 1960. The single appeared the following month and became a minor hit, scraping the bottom of the pop charts in early 1961. "You've Got to Love Her With Feeling" was followed by "Hide Away," the song that would become Freddie King's signature tune and most influential recording. "Hide Away" was adapted by King and Magic Sam from a Hound Dog Taylor instrumental and named after one of the most popular bars in Chicago. The single was released as the B-side of "I Love the Woman" (his singles featured a vocal A-side and an instrumental B-side) in the fall of 1961 and it became a major hit, reaching number five on the R&B charts and number 29 on the pop charts. Throughout the '60s, "Hide Away" was one of the necessary songs blues and rock & roll bar bands across America and England had to play during their gigs.


Ain,t Nobody,s Business

King's first album, Freddy King Sings, appeared in 1961, and it was followed later that year by Let's Hide Away and Dance Away With Freddy King: Strictly Instrumental. Throughout 1961, he turned out a series of instrumentals -- including "San-Ho-Zay," "The Stumble," and "I'm Tore Down" -- which became blues classics; everyone from Magic Sam and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Dave Edmunds and Peter Green covered King's material. "Lonesome Whistle Blues," "San-Ho-Zay," and "I'm Tore Down" all became Top Ten R&B hits that year.


Ain,t No Sunshine

Freddie King continued to record for King Records until 1968, with a second instrumental album (Freddy King Gives You a Bonanza of Instrumentals) appearing in 1965, although none of his singles became hits. Nevertheless, his influence was heard throughout blues and rock guitarists throughout the '60s -- Eric Clapton made "Hide Away" his showcase number in 1965. King signed with Atlantic/Cotillion in late 1968, releasing Freddie King Is a Blues Masters the following year and My Feeling for the Blues in 1970; both collections were produced by King Curtis. After their release, Freddie King and Atlantic/Cotillion parted ways.


Freddy King & Clarence,,Gatemouth,, Brown

King landed a new record contract with Leon Russell's Shelter Records early in 1970. King recorded three albums for Shelter in the early '70s, all of which sold well. In addition to respectable sales, his concerts were also quite popular with both blues and rock audiences. In 1974, he signed a contract with RSO Records -- which was also Eric Clapton's record label -- and he released Burglar, which was produced and recorded with Clapton. Following the release of Burglar, King toured America, Europe, and Australia. In 1975, he released his second RSO album, Larger Than Life.


Going Downn

Throughout 1976, Freddie King toured America, even though his health was beginning to decline. On December 29, 1976, King died of heart failure. Although his passing was premature -- he was only 42 years old -- Freddie King's influence could still be heard in blues and rock guitarists decades after his death.



The Official Freddie King Website
http://www.freddiekingsite.com/

vrijdag 2 september 2016

Lester Butler with The Red Devils & 13 (Repost)

Lester Butler (12 november 195910 mei 1998) was een invloedrijk Amerikaanse bluesartiest. In een zeer korte tijd heeft hij veel invloed gehad op de blues. Bekend is hij als zanger en mondharmonicaspeler van de the Red Devils. Hij speelde o.a. samen met R.L. Burnside en Mick Jagger. Veel officiële albums van hem zijn er niet uitgebracht. Wel is er een aantal live-concerten vastgelegd op bootleg cd's. Deze zijn zeer gewild onder fans



2 meter sessies

Harmonica speler en zanger Lester Butler zong de blues en speelde op een prachtige manier de harmonica. In de vroege jaren 90's was hij de leider van de The Red Devils, een blues band die veel optrad in de L.A. club scene. Het door Rick Rubin geproduceerde live album "King King" bracht hun nationale en internationale bekendheid met als gevolg lange toernees met gastoptredens van Mick Jagger, Bruce Willis, Lenny Kravitz, Peter Wolf en ZZ Top gitarist Billy Gibbons.





Ze speeden samen met The Allman Brothers en Los Lobos in zalen als the House of Blues in Hollywood, Killian's in Torrance, The Blue Cafe in Long Beach en op de grote festivals over de hele wereld.
Mick Jagger nam de band mee de studio in voor de opnames van zijn soloalbum Wandering Spirit,maar de opgenomen tracks werden niet gebruikt



Live op Pink Pop

Alex Schultz, van Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers vormde samen met Butler de groep 13.
De band stond op het punt om door te breken toen Lester onverwacht overleed op 38 jarige leeftijd


Park City Utah


Lester Butler & Alex Schultz Black hearted Woman


Lester Butler & Alex Schultz




He Said "It's a hard life playing music for a living, but on the other hand, I'd rather be happy poor and playing music for the rest of my life" and credits "the healing force of the blues."

R.I.P. Lester Butler, May 10th 1998




Lester Buster/Red Devils Website
http://nofightin.com/

Red Devils Bootlegs
http://hearrockcity.blogspot.com/search/label/The%20Red%20Devils

donderdag 1 september 2016

Bruce Cockburn - If I Had A Rocket Launcher

Bruce Douglas Cockburn is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist. His song styles range from folk to jazz-influenced rock and his lyrics cover a broad range of topics that reveal a passion for human rights, environmental issues, politics, and spirituality.

                "If I Had a Rocket Launcher"  Bruce Cockburn, ( album Stealing Fire.)

The song was inspired by Cockburn's visit, sponsored by Oxfam, to Guatemalan refugee camps in Mexico following the counterinsurgency campaign of dictator Efraín Ríos Montt.[1] Although Cockburn had occasionally touched on political themes in his earlier songs, "If I Had a Rocket Launcher" was his first explicitly political song to be released as a single, and earned him a new reputation as an outspoken musical activist.
In the song, Cockburn despairs of waiting for a political solution to the crisis, and expresses the desire to take matters into his own hands. Each verse ends with a line stating what Cockburn would do if he had a rocket launcher: in the first verse, I'd make somebody pay. In the second, I would retaliate. In the third, I would not hesitate.
The fourth and final verse ends with the song's most famous and controversial lyric: If I had a rocket launcher, some son-of-a-bitch would die.

 Here comes the helicopter, second time today
Everybody scatters and hopes it goes away
How many kids they've murdered only God can say, hey
If I had a rocket launcher, if I had a rocket launcher
If I had a rocket launcher, I'd make somebody pay

I don't believe in guarded borders and I don't believe in hate
I don't believe in generals or their stinking torture states
And when I talk with the survivors of things too sickening to relate
If I had a rocket launcher, if I had a rocket launcher
If I had a rocket launcher, I would retaliate

On the Rio Lacantun, one hundred thousand wait
To fall down from starvation, or some less humane fate
Cry for Guatemala, with a corpse in every gate
If I had a rocket launcher, if I had a rocket launcher
If I had a rocket launcher, I would not hesitate

I want to raise every voice, at least I've got to try
Every time I think about it water rises to my eyes.
Situation desperate, echoes of the victims cry
If I had a rocket launcher, if I had a rocket launcher
If I had a rocket launcher, some son of a bitch would di
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woensdag 31 augustus 2016

Happy Birthday Van Morrison !!! (Belfast, 31 augustus 1945)


George Ivan Morrison (Belfast, 31 augustus 1945)


 Wanneer kwam Van in beeld,dat moet in 1964/65 geweest zijn.Alle beatbandjes hadden Gloria op het repetoire staan en allemaal meezingen G-L-O-R-I-A .Het nummer was van Them ,dat aparte bandje met die zanger met die speciale stem ,de mooie eerste LP.Het was de tijd van de Stones en Beatles maar dit was net iets anders.Daarna Astral Weeks ,Van Morrison solo ,dat was even wennen,totaal anders dan de toenmalige popmuziek,maar o zo mooi ,tot op de dag van vandaag toe.Er zouden nog vele mooie albums volgen ,de een nog mooier dan de andere.Ook de ,,mindere ,,bevatten altijd wel een paar pareltjes.En dan zijn concerten,vele bijgewoont ,de mooiste waren in de ,,kleinere,,zalen als De Doelen ,en Vredenburg.De eerste moet in De Doelen geweest zijn ,de laatste in Peer ,afgelopen zomer.Zeker niet zijn beste concert maar ik had het toch niet willen missen.
Natuurlijk is onze vriend niet altijd het vrolijkste jongetje van de klas,is niet altijd even vriendelijk(understatement?)maar dat is absoluut niet van invloed op zijn muziek,en daar gaat het tenslotte om.Dus Van ,nog vele jaren en blijven doen waar je goed in bent, mooie muziek maken!!!! en en je humeur? dat nemen we op de koop toe.



In The Afternoon/Acient Highway/Get On Up

Live at the Mountain Winery Saratoga,California 31-08-2004,
Jawel,op Van,s 59ste verjaardag,Let op Martin Winning(sax)na zijn ruzie met een vlieg zie je zijn voorpret,hij gaat Happy Birthday in zijn solo verwerken,het publiek pikt het op en zingt Van toe,mooi spontaan optreden.

Dutch Van Morrison Weblog (VanFan)
http://www.freewheeler.web-log.nl/

maandag 29 augustus 2016

Van Morrison - Too Late (album Keep Me Singing)

                                           Label: Caroline
                                           Release date: 30 September 2016
Tracklist: Let It Rhyme - Everytime I See A River - Keep Me Singing - Out In The Cold Again - Memory Lane - The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword - Holy Guardian Angel - Share Your Love With Me - In Tuberon - Look Beyond The Hill - Going Down To Bangor - Too Late - Caledonia Swing
“Let It Rhyme”
“Every Time I See a River”
“Keep Me Singing”
“Out in the Cold Again”
“Memory Lane”
“The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword”
“Holy Guardian Angel”
“Share Your Love With Me”
“In Tiburon”
“Look Beyond the Hill”
“Going Down to Bangor”
“Too Late”
“Caledonia Swing”

Read More: Van Morrison Announces New Album, 'Keep Me Singing' | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/van-morrison-keep-me-singing/?trackback=tsmclip
“Let It Rhyme”
“Every Time I See a River”
“Keep Me Singing”
“Out in the Cold Again”
“Memory Lane”
“The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword”
“Holy Guardian Angel”
“Share Your Love With Me”
“In Tiburon”
“Look Beyond the Hill”
“Going Down to Bangor”
“Too Late”
“Caledonia Swing”

Read More: Van Morrison Announces New Album, 'Keep Me Singing' | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/van-morrison-keep-me-singing/?trackback=tsmclip
“Let It Rhyme”
“Every Time I See a River”
“Keep Me Singing”
“Out in the Cold Again”
“Memory Lane”
“The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword”
“Holy Guardian Angel”
“Share Your Love With Me”
“In Tiburon”
“Look Beyond the Hill”
“Going Down to Bangor”
“Too Late”
“Caledonia Swing”

Read More: Van Morrison Announces New Album, 'Keep Me Singing' | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/van-morrison-keep-me-singing/?trackback=tsmclip

                                          The album’s lead single, ‘Too Late’,

                                foto: Lawrence Watson








zondag 28 augustus 2016

Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind (Swing Wespelaar 20 Aug.2016)

                                foto Arthur
    Tweede keer in 3 maanden dat ik een concert van Jason en zijn band mocht bijwonen.
Weer een geweldig optreden,Jason Ricci,vol overgave en natuurlijk weer begeleid door zijn uitstekende  band The Bad Kind .Een van de hoogtepunten van dit mooie festival                                       

Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind - live at Swing... door  morrisanddylan

The Bad Kind are :  John Lise en Sammy Hotchkiss op gitaar  . Andy Kurz op bass en  Adam Baumol op drums.

                                 foto Arthur