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B.B. King Hospitalized For Diabetes-Related Emergency

TMZ | Posted 04.06.2015 | Entertainment

Blues legend B.B. King was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital this past weekend ... we're told for a diabetes-related emergency....

The Universal Tone: Conversations With Carlos Santana, Bobby Rush and Dylan Gardner, Plus Three Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.07.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Newcomer Dylan Gardner's latest video is for "Too Afraid To Love You," one of the key tracks from his album Adventures in Real Time.

15-Year-Old Is Blues-Rock Royalty-In-Training

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 01.06.2015 | Teen

It doesn't seem like coincidence that 15-year-old blues musician Christone Ingram boasts the nickname "Kingfish." After all, his greatest inspiration...

Erratic B.B. King Performance Makes Fans Blue

Associated Press | ALAN SCHER ZAGIER | Posted 04.11.2014 | Black Voices

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- At 88, blues guitarist B.B. King is a living legend, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer with his own satellite radio channel and a string...

My Conversation with an American Treasure: Ray Benson

Tom Semioli | Posted 03.19.2014 | Entertainment
Tom Semioli

Ray Benson has won the battle. He now lives in a world wherein the majority of young people definitely do not hate their parents' music -- and have a deep appreciation for the artistry and aesthetic which he resurrected for the masses.

Doc Doc Rocks

Michael Sigman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

If you love music, you may be vaguely familiar with the name Doc Pomus. But chances are at least one or two of the 1,000-plus songs he wrote -- includ...

AKA Doc Pomus: Documenting the "Save the Last Dance" Songwriter

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The songwriter of rock & roll classics like "This Magic Moment," "Teenager in Love," "Viva Las Vegas,"--yes, Elvis Presley's hit-- and "Save the Last ...

Kevin Jenkins: From Sideman to Center Stage

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 11.09.2013 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

Kevin Jenkins has titled his debut solo album Step Inside, but he has literally stepped away from the background as a sideman and onto the foreground as lead singer/bassist of his own band.

Conversations with Harry Connick Jr., TTB's Derek Trucks, and Carly Ritter

Mike Ragogna | Posted 10.28.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Washington Watch: Week 23 - "The Greatest"

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 09.05.2013 | Black Voices
Linnie Frank Bailey

This past week we celebrated the 237th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence. Yes...our issues are many, and our Congress is in gridlock, an...

Late Bluesman Remembered By Friends

Commercial Appeal | Bob Mehr | Posted 08.28.2013 | Black Voices

It was not one, but a multitude of Bobby "Blue" Blands who were hailed and mourned during funeral services at First Baptist Church -- Broad on Thursda...

New Orleans Jazz Fest Day 3: Get Up and Live, You Ain't Dead No More!

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 04.29.2013 | Entertainment
Karen Dalton-Beninato

One of my annual traditions was calling my mother from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Gospel Tent to give her a gospel fix over the phone. The last...

In the Presence of Royalty: B.B. King In Concert

Craig Carpenter | Posted 06.22.2013 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

For the second time in my still short life, I got to see Mr. King performing again. The Keswick Theater, a classic movie house, converted into a performance venue, is located just outside of Philadelphia. There was something especially fitting and refreshing for me to see him in such a setting.

Conversations With José James, Otis Taylor, Erin Boheme and Renaiszance's Radha & Ravé Mehta, Plus an Unknown Component Video

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.06.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"My mother is Irish-American and my father is Afro-Panamanian, so it's kind of been the story of my life to be a bridge between different cultures and different styles, and musically, that's between jazz and R&B."

More of My Damn Opinions About Guitarists and Guitars

Binky Philips | Posted 02.06.2013 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

Electric guitars are, visually, far and away the most arresting and varied instruments in the world. The electric guitar is the most ubiquitous instrument on the planet. Whether you're in deepest Serbia, Thailand, Peru, Greenland, if there is popular contemporary music being played, homegrown even, you will hear an electric guitar.

Binky's Revenge: My Own Damned Most Influential Guitarists List!

Binky Philips | Posted 12.19.2012 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

You are about to embark on a journey into the mind of a Total D*ck when it comes to the subject of (guitars and) guitar players. It's simple, really... I know more than you. Nyaaaah Nyaaah Nyaah Nyah Nyah!

The Life Lesson I Learned on a Road Trip with My Son

Patricia Leigh Brown | Posted 12.16.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Leigh Brown

Inviting your 18-year-old son to follow his muse on a road trip -- even though he refuses to let you friend him on Facebook -- is to enter uncharted emotional terrain.

Jazzin' Around: Conversations With David Sanborn, Lee Ritenour and Kurt Elling

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.05.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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When I'm President and Still On The Road To Freedom: Conversations With Ian Hunter and Alvin Lee

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.12.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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PHOTOS: Things To Do In Denver This Week

Posted 08.27.2012 | Denver

Start chanting "I think I can, I think I can..." to pull yourself through the week, we bear the happy reminder that Labor Day weekend is just around t...

The Day I Met The King

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.18.2012 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

As a cub reporter for the trade magazine Record World, I got to cover one of the most thrilling music-related events of that spring -- Elvis's press conference at Madison Square Garden on June 9th, just before his first-ever New York performances.

PHOTOS: The Ruins Of Detroit's Musical Past

Randy Fox | Posted 06.04.2012 | Travel
Randy Fox

It's easy to understand why the citizens of Detroit may feel offended by the large amount of attention that is paid to their abandoned factories, stores and homes. It must seem like there are people coming from all over the globe to trade on a city's agony.

White House of the Blues

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.05.2012 | Home
Paul Stoller

The magic of The Blues worked itself way into the White House, providing a moment of communitas in Washington, D.C., a moment of unexpected unity in our divided society.

Neil Young's Bridge School Exclusive: Dave Matthews' "Too Much," Plus Chatting With Johnny Winter, Queen's Roger Taylor and Yes' Steve Howe

Mike Ragogna | Posted 12.04.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Dog Ears Music: Poolside Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 10.26.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week we review albums by Bangups, The Caretaker, Laurie Anderson, AIR, and others.