Category Archives: Blues

Half of the Memphis Horns, Andrew Love brought soul to hits by Elvis, Aretha Franklin, James Taylor

MEMPHIS – Saxophonist Andrew Love, one-half of the renowned Memphis Horns, has died. The 70-year-old musician passed away at his home on Thursday night, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Love and his longtime partner, trumpeter Wayne Jackson, made their early

Half of the Memphis Horns, Andrew Love brought soul to hits by Elvis, Aretha Franklin, James Taylor

MEMPHIS – Saxophonist Andrew Love, one-half of the renowned Memphis Horns, has died. The 70-year-old musician passed away at his home on Thursday night, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Love and his longtime partner, trumpeter Wayne Jackson, made their early

Bluesman Ernie Williams endeared himself to Albany, NY, by being center of attention

(Musician and journalist David Malachowski played a lot of Albany, NY-based gigs with Ernie Williams.) ALBANY, NY – Ernie Williams and I were separated by a generation or two, but we both enjoyed fishing, took to music early and loved

Bluesman Ernie Williams endeared himself to Albany, NY, by being center of attention

(Musician and journalist David Malachowski played a lot of Albany, NY-based gigs with Ernie Williams.) ALBANY, NY – Ernie Williams and I were separated by a generation or two, but we both enjoyed fishing, took to music early and loved

Mother dead, father lynched by the Klan, blues guitarist Louisiana Red, 79, found love and a home in Europe

HANOVER, Germany –  Louisiana Red died this afternoon (Feb. 25, 2012) at a hospital in Germany after a few days in a coma brought on by thyroid imbalance. He was 79. Louisiana Red was a powerful downhome blues artist who could channel

Mother dead, father lynched by the Klan, blues guitarist Louisiana Red, 79, found love and a home in Europe

HANOVER, Germany –  Louisiana Red died this afternoon (Feb. 25, 2012) at a hospital in Germany after a few days in a coma brought on by thyroid imbalance. He was 79. Louisiana Red was a powerful downhome blues artist who could channel

Bluesman, activist, street vendor, Clarence ‘Little Scotty’ Scott known for buttons he sold

CHICAGO – If blues music is rooted in adversity, bluesman Clarence “Little Scotty” Scott had plenty to draw on. From surviving a scarring house fire as a youngster to making a return to full-throated blues singing after a tracheostomy several

Bluesman, activist, street vendor, Clarence ‘Little Scotty’ Scott known for buttons he sold

CHICAGO – If blues music is rooted in adversity, bluesman Clarence “Little Scotty” Scott had plenty to draw on. From surviving a scarring house fire as a youngster to making a return to full-throated blues singing after a tracheostomy several

Minneapolis/St. Paul remembers bass player Paul Manske, 57, of the Hillbilly Voodoo Dolls

(From The Minneapolis Star-Tribune on Jan. 31, 2012.) ST. PAUL, Minn. – With his bass, Paul Manske could make the music swing, whether he was playing with rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson or with one of his own groups like the

Minneapolis/St. Paul remembers bass player Paul Manske, 57, of the Hillbilly Voodoo Dolls

(From The Minneapolis Star-Tribune on Jan. 31, 2012.) ST. PAUL, Minn. – With his bass, Paul Manske could make the music swing, whether he was playing with rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson or with one of his own groups like the

‘At Last’ – In death, blues and soul singer Etta James, 73, finds respite from hard life

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Etta James, 73, the powerful rhythm-and-blues singer whose more than five-decade career spawned such enduring hits as “At Last” and “Tell Mama,” making her a profound influence on younger generations of female vocalists, died Friday. Ms. James,

‘At Last’ – In death, blues and soul singer Etta James, 73, finds respite from hard life

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Etta James, 73, the powerful rhythm-and-blues singer whose more than five-decade career spawned such enduring hits as “At Last” and “Tell Mama,” making her a profound influence on younger generations of female vocalists, died Friday. Ms. James,