Posts Tagged ‘Blues’

Bessie Smith

Artist: Bessie Smith
Album: Bessie Smith – The Blues Legend, Vol. 1
Song: Back Water Blues
Genre: Blues

It is well known that in the music industry, it’s all about who you know. Quite often, musicians attribute their successes to a maniacal work ethic, their teachers, and well connected contacts. Lucky for Steve Miller, he had a teacher that could get him in contact with almost anyone in the business. That man was Les Paul! Steve’s father was a successful doctor who was good friends with Les Paul. In fact, Mr. Miller was Les’ best man when he married Mary Ford. Steve had started playing guitar around age 5 and Les came over to visit quite a bit. Before he knew it, Les had not only become his instructor, but also a great source of inspiration and support. Steve went on to form a few blues bands before he finally got the right line up and formed The Steve Miller Blues Band. They eventually dropped the “Blues” from the name and became a notable classic rock group. Instead of a Gibson Les Paul, Steve played a Fender Stratocaster most of the time. He may not have used the equipment that his instructor designed, but used something of his that may have been better – his technique.


Well I came to see,
And what I found was not alright with me,
Desperation, suffocation,
And it’d been the same thing all along.

Goodbye Babylon,
Goodbye Babylon,
Goodbye Babylon.

Now I know times are changin’,
And the people need rearrangin’,
So now it’s written here in song.

Goodbye Babylon,
Goodbye Babylon,
Goodbye Babylon,

Now our boys…they’re fallin’,
Our leaders are all appalling,
And you can bet by God,
Good will is gone.

Goodbye Babylon,
Goodbye Babylon,
Oh, goodbye Babylon,
Goodbye Babylon, hey.

“When you were mine, oh, I was feeling good, ’cause you lovlied up this whole neighborhood.”

Bobby Bland - Dreamer

The Pack A.D.

Artist: The Pack A.D.
Album: The Funeral Mixtape
Song: Making Gestures
Genre: Blues

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Specter at the Feast

Artist: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Album: Specter at the Feast
Song: Fire Walker
Genre: Alternative

R.L. Burnside

Artist: R.L. Burnside
Album: Come On In
Song: Let My Baby Ride
Genre: Blues Rock

Johnny Cash

Artist: Johnny Cash
Album: American V: A Hundred Highways
Song: God’s Gonna Cut You Down
Genre: Country/Blues

“Down to the Crossroads” Playlist

Posted: February 9, 2013 by Tuned In, Turned Up in Blues, Playlists
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Your daily dose of Blues greatness, new and old.


  1. In My Time of Dyin’ – Bob Dylan
  2. Statesboro Blues – Blind Willie McTell
  3. Cross Road Blues – Robert Johnson
  4. Hound Dog – Big Mama Thornton
  5. Story of My Life – Guitar Slim
  6. Katie Mae Blues – Lightnin’ Hopkins
  7. Boogie Chillen’ – John Lee Hooker
  8. Rolling Stone – Muddy Waters
  9. Smokestack Lightnin’ – Howlin’ Wolf
  10. I’m a Man – Bo Diddley
  11. Mystery Train – Junior Parker
  12. Nobody Loves Me – Memphis Slim
  13. Freight Train – Elizabeth Cotten
  14. Three O’Clock Blues – B.B. King
  15. I Can’t Quit You Baby – Led Zeppelin
  16. Mean Town Blues – Johnny Winter
  17. Little Red Rooster – The Rolling Stones
  18. Pride and Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughan
  19. First Time I Met the Blues – Buddy Guy
  20. On the Road Again – Canned Heat
  21. She’s Gone – Hound Dog Taylor
  22. Voodoo Child – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  23. Love Me Mama – Lightnin’ Slim
  24. Truckin’ My Blues Away – Blind Boy Fuller
  25. Baby, Please Don’t Go – Big Joe Williams
  26. Strange Place Blues – Bukka White
  27. This Train – Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  28. Blue Yodel – Jimmie Rodgers
  29. Worried Man Blues – The Carter Family
  30. Talkin’ Dust Bowl Blues – Woody Guthrie

Brother Dege (aka Dege Legg)

Brother Dege (aka Dege Legg) is a songwriter from Louisiana whose music was recently featured in Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, “Django Unchained”. Dege spoke with Tuned In, Turned Up about what it’s been like having his music in the film, his musical inspirations, and what to expect from his new album.

You recently released a song on Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained Soundtrack. Has that opened up any new opportunities for you and your music?

It has given me the opportunity to keep making music, and for more people to hear it. Other than that, I have no idea where any of this will lead. I’ve been flying under the radar for so damn long – not giving a fuck – that all of this is kind of weird. But cool. It’s like getting knighted by the art pope.

What musicians have inspired your sound or influenced you as an artist?

Black Sabbath, Sonic Youth, Blind Willie Johnson.

How would you describe your sound, and how has it developed since you first begun your career as a musician?

I call it Psyouthern rock. It sounds almost the same now as it did years ago. I just play the sounds of the people, vibe, and things around me. In this case, it’s the blast furnace of the Deep South. It’s like southern rock for the new millennium. There’s no rules. Less beer fests, and more mushroom vision quests.

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced as an artist and songwriter?

Just trying to figure out how to pay for it and continue doing it without exhausting all the good graces of your family and friends. Because, trust me, they all think we’re crazy. It’s hard to pay the bills with pats on the back.

Are you working on any new music, and if so, when can we expect to hear it?

How to Kill a Horse is the new album coming in 2013. It’s already in the can. Done and mastered. Recorded by myself on a chump change budget in an empty warehouse. It’s the next evolution. I’m shopping the album around to labels. See what happens. See if they have any soul left. If any good labels are interested, hit me. What happens when you take four slide guitars and play them all in reverse…with a gang of tribal drumming underneath? Answer: my next album. It will blow your mind and then break your heart.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve received throughout your music career?

Same advice I got from the guy who trained me how to drive a cab when I worked the night shift for four years: always go with your gut. If it feels right, it is right.

Are there any artists or bands you’d like to collaborate with?

Yukio Mishima, but he’s dead.

What are some goals you have for your music in 2013?

Help people heal. Purge fear from their lives. Fire up the love and connection.

“Too Old To Die Young” – Brother Dege


Brother Dege’s album, Folk Songs of the American Longhair can be purchased on iTunes.

The Django Unchained Soundtrack, featuring Brother Dege, can be purchased on Amazon or iTunes.


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