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Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, "Typical Rock Star"

Wed, 06/11/14
Authored by David Stafford
As the humorous intro- and outro- to this video make clear, Shamarr Allen is anything but a typical rock star. The "official video" for the first track on the 2011 Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs CD entitled 504-799-8147, this is colorful, high-energy take on an infectious... Read more

Tab Benoit, "Medicine"

Mon, 06/09/14
Authored by David Stafford
Voice of the Wetlands founder Tab Benoit rips through an 8-minute-plus version of the title track from his 2011 album Medicine. It was filmed in Rockland, Maine at the North Atlantic Blues Festival in July 2012.   Read more

James Brown in Bologna, 1971

Sat, 06/07/14
Authored by David Stafford
For your weekend viewing pleasure: 56 minutes of the funkiest soul ever dished up, courtesy of James Brown (1933-2006), in Bologna for Italian television in 1971. This is the entire broadcast, including a long-ish intro and several subsequent short interruptions by the show... Read more

Cousin Joe, "Everything Made of Wood Was Once a Tree", 1984

Thu, 06/05/14
Authored by David Stafford
Pleasant Joseph (1907-1989), better known as Cousin Joe, was an blues and jazz singer, born in Wallace, Louisiana. Per his autobiography, he began singing in church before crossing over to the blues, first playing guitar and ukulele, and later switching to piano. He played ... Read more

The Honorable South, "Faithful, Brave & Honest" and "Saint Charles Parish"

Tue, 06/03/14
Authored by David Stafford
The Honorable South hails from New Orleans and combines elements of rock, funk, soul, and folk to create "electric soul rock-n-roll".  Writing about their debut Jazz Fest performance last month, Alex Rawls observed on My Spilt Milk that vocalist/songwriter Ms. Charm Taylor'... Read more

Lost Bayou Ramblers, "Blue Moon Special"

Mon, 06/02/14
Authored by David Stafford
Some Monday Cajun music by from the pride of Pilette, LA: the Lost Bayou Ramblers do a raucous "Blue Moon Special", recorded in Stockholm in 2010.   Read more

Junior Murvin, "Police and Thieves"

Fri, 05/30/14
Authored by David Stafford
The late Junior Murvin (d. 2013) performs his 1976 international smash "Police and Thieves" live on the UK TV show Later With Jools Holland in 2004. Famously covered by the Clash, "Police and Thieves" is the title track from one of the greatest roots reggae albums recorded,... Read more

Mighty Sam McClain, "Higher Ground"

Wed, 05/28/14
Authored by David Stafford
2013 Blues & BBQ Festival headliner and Monroe, Lousiana native Mighty Sam McClain rips up Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" in this 6:47 clip from an Extended Play Sessions episode. The full show will air in Boston and New England on May 31 on WBIN-TV Boston; hopefully it wi... Read more

Luther Allison, Live in East Berlin, 1987

Mon, 05/26/14
Authored by David Stafford
The late, great Luther Allison thaws out Cold War Europe with a smoldering 74-minute set of classic guitar-based Chicago blues. Makes for great holiday weekend viewing. Read more

1967 Stax Volt Revue with Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T & the MGs, &c.

Fri, 05/23/14
Authored by David Stafford
Brush up on your Norwegian if you want to follow with the stage announcements... Otherwise, 58:03 of pure Soul satisfaction. Filmed in Norway on April 7, 1967 during the allstar Stax/Volt Revue. The performances happen at the following times: 1:05 Booker T & The MGs 5:30 ... Read more

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