Past blog posts

June 2012

Keepin’ it funky with New Orleans’ brass band tradition

Posted in Brass, Funk, Jazz, New Orleans, Soul, Traditional
Tags: Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Funk, New Orleans, New Orleans’ brass bands, Rebirth Brass Band, Soul Rebels Brass Band, The Mint LA

Soul surfers: The Delimiters, Root Chakar, & a bit of surf-rock history from my mama

Posted in History, Bass, California, Blues Rock, Americana, North Carolina, Surf music
Tags: 1960s, beach, blues-rock, California, Dick Dale, First Descents, morning glass images, Root Chakar, Surfing, The Delimiters

Cool band alert: Kalob Griffin Band

Posted in Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Troubadour
Tags: Americana, Bluegrass, Folk, jam band, pennsylvania

April 2012

Bio Ritmo: psychedelic salsa dura

Posted in Electronic, Jazz, Keyboards, Latin Fusion, Latin Jazz, Nuyorican, Piano, Puerto Rican Music, Salsa Music, Washington DC
Tags: bio ritmo, Electronica, puerto rican, richmond, salsa dura, Salsa Music

Ain’t nothing but the blues…

Posted in Blues, Blues Rock, Chicago, Texas
Tags: Blues, Bobby Blue Bland, Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Muddy Waters, Rootnotemusic

February 2012

Reminds me of why I love music: Alabama Shakes

Posted in Alabama, Americana, Blues, Blues Rock, Soul
Tags: Alabama, Alabama Shakes, Blues, blues rock, real and raw, Soul

Honduras de mi alma

Posted in Garifuna, Honduras, US State Dept Travel Advisory
Tags: Andy Palacio, Garifuna, Honduras, Human Rights

September 2011

Razorface, Ocelot Robot Film Fest, & a bit of Bob

Posted in Americana, Blues Rock, California, Guitarists, Los Angeles, New Mexico, Rowdy Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Troubadour
Tags: Bob Dylan, Califorrnia, Los Angeles, Ocelot Robot, Razorface, Rock, Singer/Songwriter

August 2011

Rajasthani & English folk music

Posted in England, Folk, India, Traditional
Tags: Cross-cultural coolness, Dharohar Project, Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons, Rajasthan

July 2011

Pretty melodic voices: Lo-Fi Sugar, Silvia Torres, Astrud, Mindy Smith, & Dolly

Posted in Americana, Brazil, Country, Electronic, Folk, Los Angeles, Singer/Songwriter
Tags: Agua De Beber, Astrud Gilberto, Bossa Nova, Brazil, Dolly Parton, Duke Ellington, good music, Heather Pollack, Jolene, Lo-Fi Sugar, Mindy Smith, pretty melodies, Silvia Torres

Beats, rhymes, & life along the journey… & goodbye to Facundo Cabral

Posted in Hip Hop, History, Nueva Canción, Poetry, Singer/Songwriter, Traditional, Troubadour, US State Dept Travel Advisory
Tags: DJ Moonbaby, Facundo Cabral, Hip Hop, History, Mos Def, peace, Pharcyde, Talib Kweli, Tribe Called Quest

Imagining New York City with Rakim & James Brown

Posted in Funk, Hip Hop, History, New York City, Soul
Tags: DJ Premier, Funk, Hip Hop, History, James Brown, New York City, Rakim, Soul

June 2011

The Bo-Keys: Memphis sounds full of soul
Posted in Americana, Blues, Memphis, Soul

Tags: Bobby Bland, Booker T & MGs, Booker T & The MGs, Booker T. Jones, Hustle & Flow, Instrumental, Isaac Hayes, Memphis, New Orleans, Ponderosa Stomp, Scott Bomar, Soul, Stax Records, The Bo-Keys

March 2011

Mulatu Astatke & Ethio-jazz
Posted in Africa, Ethio-jazz, Ethio-jazz, Ethiopia, Jazz, Latin Jazz, Traditional

Tags: East Africa, Ethio-jazz, Ethiopia, Groove, Instrumental, Jazz, Latin Jazz, Mulatu Astatke

October 2010

Johnny & June Carter Cash duets & other folk love songs
Posted in Americana, Austin, Country, Folk, Gypsy, History, Middle East, Sephardic Jewish Folk Music, Traditional

Tags: Folk, Traditional, Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Alison Krauss, Bobby Darin, Bob Dylan, Anais Mitchell, Justin Vernon, Scalerica D’oro, Sephardic Folk Music, Sacred Music, Folk Wedding Songs

September 2010

Legends of the 88s: Cuba to Chicago, New Orleans to New York
Posted in Americana, Blues, Chicago, Country, Creole, Cuba, Jazz, Keyboards, Latin Jazz, Louisiana, New Orleans, New York City, Nuyorican, Piano, Puerto Rican Music, Salsa Music

Tags: Barrelhouse, Blues, Boogaloo, Boogie Woogie, Champion Jack Dupree, Charlie Palmieri, Chucho Valdez, Country, Floyd Cramer, James Booker, Jazz, Jimmy Yancey, Keyboards, Latin, Mambo, Noro Morales, Otis Spann, Peruchin, Piano, Rumba, Salsa

Tags: Blues, Folk, Jazz, Lipbone Redding, Los Angeles, Singer/Songwriter, The Mint LA, Troubadour, Trumpet, Tuvan Throat Singing

July 2010

La Santa Cecilia: Homegrown LA style
Posted in Americana, Bass, Blues, Blues Rock, California, Chicano music, Folk, Funk, Guitarists, Jazz, Klezmer, Latin Fusion, Los Angeles, Musica ranchera, Soul, Traditional

Tags: Accordion, Boleros, California, Jambands, Jazz, Klemzer, La Santa Cecilia, Latin Fusion, Los Angeles, Olvera Street, Rock, Soul, Traditional

Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” reinterpreted
Posted in Americana, Chicano music, Country, Folk, History, Pete Seeger, Singer/Songwriter, Soul, Traditional, Troubadour

Tags: Americana, Bruce Springstein, Country, Folk, History, Johnny Cash, Lila Downs, Los Lobos, Pete Seeger, Roots rock, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Singer/Songwriter, Sones De Mexico, The Grateful Dead, Troubadour, Up In The Air soundtrack

June 2010

Honduras, Garífuna soul, & Andy Palacio
Posted in Belize, Folk, Garífuna, History, Honduras, Punta, Soul, Traditional

Tags: Andy Palacio, Aurelio Martinez, Belize, Futbol, Garifuna, Punta, UNESCO, World Cup 2010

May 2010

Raw, swampy, earthy, pure groove: Florida’s JJ Grey & Mofro
(Americana, Blues, Blues Rock, Country, Fender Rhodes, Florida, Funk, Harmonica, Keyboards, Piano, Singer/Songwriter, Slide Guitar, Soul, Troubadour,
Groove, Roots Rock, JJ Grey, MOFRO, Lochloosa, Blackwater, Country Ghetto, Alligator Records, Jacksonville, Orange Blossoms, Swamp, Harmonica)

Independent spirit: Ocelot Robot rockin’ the road
(Los Angeles, Rowdy Rock, Ocelot Robot, Indie Bands)

Dizzy Gillespie, Bebop, & Latin Jazz
(Bebop, Dizzy Gillespie, History, Jazz, Latin Jazz, Trumpet, A Night In Tunisia, Afro, Afro-cuban jazz, Manteca)

Meandering through the homeland of Los Angeles: DJ Moonbaby, Canter’s Deli, Lalo Guerrero, & Petrovic Blasting Company
(Blues, California, Chicano music, Funk, History, Los Angeles, Murals, Canter’s Deli, Chavez Ravine, DJ Moonbaby, Laird Hamilton, Lalo Guerrero, Rick James, Ry Cooder, Surfing)

April 2010

Bringing the (City of) Angels back to higher ground: DJ Moonbaby
(California, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Keyboards, Soul, Biggie Smalls, DJ Moonbaby, Electronica, Fela Kuti, Funk, Herb Albert, Hip Hop, Little Dragon, Soul, Stevie Wonder, Zaki Ibrahim)

Back to basics: The blues with Ali Farka Touré
(West Africa, Blues, Guitarists, History, Mali, Mississippi, Traditional, Troubadour, US State Dept Travel Advisory, African blues, desert blues, John Lee Hooker, Junior Kimbrough)

Groovin’ with the sons of Booker T: MMW, Big Organ Trio, & The City Champs
(Funk, Hammond B-3, History, Jazz, Memphis, Soul, Big Organ Trio, Booker T & The MGs, Funk, George Sluppick, Groove, Hammond B-3, Jambands, Jazz, Medeski Martin & Wood, The City Champs)

Sweet harmonies & Southern rock: Stonehoney & The Mother Truckers
(Americana, Austin, Blues, Blues Rock, Country, Singer/Songwriter, Texas, Texas Blues, Roots rock, Southern Rock, Stonehoney, Texas, The Mother Truckers)

March 2010

From DC to Digable Planets to DJ LadybugMek
(Brazil, Funk, Go-go, Hip Hop, History, Jazz, Washington DC, Brazil, Digable Planets, DJ LadybugMek, Gilberto Gil, Mal Waldron, Raheen Devaughn, Rare Essence)

I live for the funk: James Brown, The Meters, & Curtis Mayfield
(Bass, Blues, Fender Rhodes, Funk, Hammond B-3, History, New Orleans, Soul, Curtis Mayfield, Groove, James Brown, The JBs, The Meters)

“Llanero, si soy llanero”: music from the plains of Colombia
(Cowboys, Folk, History, Joropo, Musica Llanera, Traditional, Colombia, Harp, Maracas)

February 2010

Cowboy yodels & música ranchera: from Gene Autry to Javier Solis
(Country, Cowboy songs, Mexico, Musica ranchera, New Mexico, Don Walser, Gene Autry, Javier Solis, Lola Beltran, Mexico, New Mexico, Patsy Montana, Vincente Fernandez)

Hecho en Venice: Tom Freund & Chris Joyner
(Bass, California, Country, Folk, Funk, Guitarists, Keyboards, Troubadour, Ukelele, Chris Joyner, Culver City Dub Collective, Singer/Songwriter, Tom Freund, Upright bass, Venice, wurlitzer)

Somalia: K’Naan, Magool, & the meanest streets in the universe
(Hip Hop, History, Somalia, Traditional, Troubadour, K’Naan, Magool)

Louisiana gumbo: Cedric Watson et Bijou Créole
(Cajun/Zydeco, Creole, Folk, History, Louisiana, Traditional, Cedric Watson, Jacob Edgar)

January 2010

To Haiti With Love: Racine, Kompa, Twoubadou, & Jazz
(Folk, Haiti, History, Jazz, Kompa, Racine, Troubadour, Twoubadou, Hope for Haiti, Wyclef, Yele)

Goodbye Lhasa: this space had become too small
(Folk, Nueva Canción, Singer/Songwriter, Soul, Troubadour, Lhasa de Sela)

December 2009

Have a very rootsy Christmas!
(Bluegrass, Blues, History, Holiday Music, Jazz, Piano, Rockabilly, Soul, Bill Monroe, Canned Heat, Charles Brown, Duke Ellington, Elvis Presley, Jazz, Little Johnny Taylor, Louis Armstrong, Rock, Rockabilly, Victor Wooten)

November 2009

Música Boriqua & Nuyorican love
(Hip Hop, Merengue, New York City, Nuyorican, Poetry, Puerto Rican Music, Salsa Music, Lauryn Hill, Miguel Piñero, New York City, Nuyorican, Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, Oscar D’Leon, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez, Poetry, Puerto Rican Music, Salsa Music, Willie Colon)

Mysteries & Legends: Django Reinhardt, Tommy Johnson, Robert Johnson, & the unidentified photo
(Blues, Django Reinhardt, Folk, Guitarists, Gypsy, History, Jazz, Mississippi, Robert Johnson, Slide Guitar, Tommy Johnson, Traditional, Crossroads, Legends, Mysteries, Myths)

La poesía, nueva canción, y trovadores
(Folk, History, Mercedes Sosa, Nueva Canción, Pablo Neruda, Pete Seeger, Poetry, Singer/Songwriter, Spanish Civil War Songs, Traditional, Troubadour, Caetano Veloso, Canto Nuevo, Carlos Puebla, Hasta Siempre, La Quinta Brigada, Rubén Darío, Trovador)

October 2009

Troubadour Lipbone Redding & throat singing
(Blues, California, Folk, History, Jazz, New York City, Singer/Songwriter, Throat Singing, Traditional, Troubadour, Voicestrumentalists, Lipbone Redding)

Can’t get enough of Texas…part 2 (blues)
(Austin, Blues, Folk, History, Texas, Traditional, Guitar, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie Johnson, T-Bone Walker, Lightin’ Hopkins, Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Los Lonely Boys, Gary Clark, Jr.)

Can’t get enough of Texas…part 1
(Austin, Blues, Folk, History, Jazz, Texas, The Tiny Tin Hearts, Carolyn Wonderland, Deadman, Ephraim Owens, Glenn Rexach, Jazz, Just Released, Suzanna Choffel, Trace Ready)

September 2009

Bakersfield & Bhangra
(Bakersfield, Bhagra, California, Country, Folk, History, India, Sufi-folk songs, Traditional, Rockabilly, Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Kalbelia Dance of Rajasthan, Kalish Kmer’s Kailasa, Punjabi folk music/Bhangra)

Esperanza giving us hope!
(Upright Bass, Jazz, Esperanza Spalding)

Is there any sound sweeter than slide guitar?
(Blues, History, Mississippi, Slide Guitar, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Derek Trucks, Napoleon Strickland, Robert Randolph, Ben Harper, Debashish Bhattacharya)

New Orleans: “The music bubbles up from the cracks in the sidewalks.”
(Blues, Cajun/Zydeco, History, Louisiana, New Orleans, Piano, Soul, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, Grandpa Elliot, Irma Thomas)

Roots, routes, & The Tiny Tin Hearts
(Austin, Bass, Texas, The Tiny Tin Hearts, Folk, Pop, Rock)