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The Future of Music: The Language of Diplomacy

Montclair Diplomats | Posted 05.09.2016 | Arts
Montclair Diplomats

Through the combination of diplomacy and technology we are becoming a more integrated society. Music is the proof and leading language used to help keep us mixing and interacting with each other and each other's content.

Buddy Guy: From Behind the Six String

Jason Landry | Posted 04.12.2016 | Entertainment
Jason Landry

"My mother use to tell me, it's hard to climb the ladder son, but if one foot slips after you get to the top, your ass hits the ground." ~ Buddy Guy ...

'Out of the Blues,' A Conversation with Trudy Nan Boyce

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.29.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Viki Hoang Timian Trudy Nan Boyce received her Ph.D. in community counseling before becoming a police officer for the City of Atlanta. As a po...

International Blues Competition first stop for North Carolina guitarist

Lisa Snedeker | Posted 02.10.2016 | Entertainment
Lisa Snedeker

Seth Williams has gone from playing the blues on Market Street in Madison, North Carolina, to the famed Beale Street in Memphis. Welcome to the home of the blues.

Ana Popovic: From Behind the Six String

Jason Landry | Posted 12.22.2015 | Entertainment
Jason Landry

Belgrade, Serbia is not known for being a city that churns out blues musicians. But this is in fact where a young Ana Popovic was introduced to the blues and the guitar. Jump to twenty years later and she is one of the most popular female blues guitar players in the world.

Hamish Anderson: From Behind the Six String

Jason Landry | Posted 12.11.2015 | Entertainment
Jason Landry

Although the roots of blues music came from the United States, it doesn't mean that you have to be from here to have the blues. Case in point: Hamish Anderson.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd: From Behind the Six String

Jason Landry | Posted 12.02.2015 | Entertainment
Jason Landry

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the release of Kenny Wayne Shepherd's first album Ledbetter Heights. In the last year, I have seen him pl...

Josh Smith: From Behind the Six String

Jason Landry | Posted 11.19.2015 | Entertainment
Jason Landry

Thirty years of playing and Josh Smith is still learning new tricks. His most recent CD, Over Your Head, is filled with gritty, rockin' blues with guest appearances by Kirk Fletcher and Joe Bonamassa.

Gary Clark Jr: From Behind the Six-String

Jason Landry | Posted 11.14.2015 | Entertainment
Jason Landry

Music does heal. And if you have been listing to what Gary Clark Jr. has been singing and strumming over the past few years, you may have found your special musical elixir.

G. Love: From Behind the Six String

Jason Landry | Posted 10.23.2015 | Entertainment
Jason Landry

Garrett Dutton, a.k.a. G. Love has been out hustlin' his unique blend of hip-hop inspired blues music for over twenty years with his band Special Sauce. I caught up with G fresh off his recent tour to talk about his career, his appreciation for the arts, and his newest CD Loves Saves the Day.

Bluesin' the Gospel

Greg Carey | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Greg Carey

Despite its essential role in opening the way to other musical forms, the blues remains a bit of a niche genre. I remember touring the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame in Cleveland, where the blues were presented, along with bluegrass and gospel, as a precursor to rock.

How This Teen Gave a TEDx Talk and Changed the World

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 09.25.2015 | Parents
Sarah Cottrell

What if I told you that a kid as young as four years old has what it takes to change the world? That's exactly how old Aidan Thomas was when he told his mother that he wanted to be a "difference maker" and that he wasn't going to wait until he grew up to do it.

Artist Spotlight: Michael McArthur and His Album 'Magnolia'

Morena Duwe | Posted 09.15.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

The potency of the human voice has the power to move not only with its tone but also with its message. Beautiful vocals imbued with meaningful words creates an irresistible combination. Based out of Lakeland, Florida comes Michael McArthur, a soulful singer/songwriter.

Americana for the Fourth of July

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 07.04.2016 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

But seriously, if there's a time to use the word Americana, it's got to be July 4th, right? So here are some genre-bending releases that fit the name.

Recordings From Music Maker Relief Foundation (and a Free Album!)

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 06.23.2016 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Public folklorists like me often advocate for traditional arts, and for individual traditional artists. We try to increase funding, support, and participation in the art forms we work with, and we recommend artists for gigs, awards, grants, and other recognition.

Memphis Bids Musical Farewell To B.B. King

Reuters | Posted 05.27.2016 | Black Voices

By Mike Blake MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 27 (Reuters) - With music, singing and tears, hundreds of mourners in Memphis bade farewell to blues...

B.B. "The King"

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 05.15.2016 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I can't say anything more than others have about B.B. King. Except perhaps that my mother loved her "Blues Boy" more than any other musician in the world. They were both from Mississippi, for one thing. But there was a whole lot more to it than that.

Remembering B.B. King: 7 Of Our Favorite Live Performances

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 05.20.2015 | Black Voices

Legendary blues musician B.B. King died on Thursday at the age of 89. His death marks a solemn moment for his countless fans but also reinvigorates me...

Blues Legend B.B. King Dies

The Huffington Post | Jade Walker | Posted 05.15.2015 | Black Voices

Legendary blues musician B.B. King died on Thursday in Las Vegas, his attorney told The Associated Press. Cause of death was not released. He was 89. ...

Michal Menert Set to Release Space Jazz Album

Morena Duwe | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Musical alchemist, Michal Menert, has been reshaping the world of electronic music. No longer bound by the two genres of house and techno, this underground Renaissance is changing the way critics interpret electronic music.

Musician Keb' Mo' Explains Blues Music's Connection To The Church

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion

Grammy award-winning blues musician Keb' Mo' may be just the man to explain what's most authentic about the genre, which for him has a lot to do with ...

My Conversation With Hugh Laurie

Tavis Smiley | Posted 08.30.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Before finding fame and garnering several Emmy nods and two Golden Globe wins for his role in TV's House, he was a member of Cambridge University's Footlights Revue and a familiar face -- as a comedian -- on British TV.

WATCH: Authenticity (Still) Rules

Shawn Amos | Posted 03.12.2014 | Technology
Shawn Amos

Someone recently told me that "authenticity" is the new marketing bullshit. There's truth to that -- if it's applied as the new sales pitch of the mom...

Diablo Love: Tomás Doncker & Alfred Preisser Bringing the Music of Howlin' Wolf to the SummerStage

Bessie A. Winn-Afeku | Posted 10.07.2013 | Arts
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku

It's Faust meets Romeo and Juliet. It's soul, funk, gospel and the blues. It's the music of the late Howlin' Wolf brought to life on stage. It is what you want to experience when you want to be taken away even for just a moment by a live musical and theatrical performance.

50 Years Of Blues History Chronicled In New Doc

Michael Sigman | Posted 06.06.2013 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

More than 50 years ago, Howlin' Wolf's ferocious music and gentler side were revealed to guitar whiz Bloomfield and Goldberg, his keyboard-adept buddy.