Tag Archives: Jimi Hendrix

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Texas Flood (Columbia Legacy)

This two-disc set pairs a live set with the studio version of Texas Flood. Recorded at Ripley’s Music Hall in Philadelphia on October 20, 1983, and his band offer up slick versions with more improvisation and stretching out of “Texas Flood” “Pride and Joy,” “Love Struck Baby,” and “Mary Had A Little Lamb.” All of [...]

Chris Thomas King, Bona Fide (21st Century Blues)

Bona Fide offers a glimpse of Chris Thomas King in full stride propelled by mid-career confidence, a genuinely inventive and compelling inheritor of the blues traditions whose surprisingly intimate performances succeed not through gospel shouting or bold declaration, but instead through strategic charm and guile. It’s useful to remember that King descends through his father [...]

YouTube du Jour: Kipori Woods

Blues guitarist Kipori “Baby Wolf “ Woods’ weekly 5-8pm Wednesday evening gigs at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse has quietly become one of the most entertaining gigs in the city. Prior to Katrina, Kipori Woods was well on his way to becoming one of New Orleans’ top act. Though he was derailed in his return, his [...]

Jazz Fest Focus: Gary Clark, Jr.

Are you experienced? In 1967, Jimi Hendrix posed this simple question, and from it, summoned up a fierce, reverberant squall that, four decades removed from his untimely passing, remains unanswered. Though the recent rise of Austin guitarist Gary Clark, Jr. may merit as much, his surge should not be mistaken for Hendrix’s second coming. Despite [...]

September 2011 Letters

BIRTHDAY It was refreshing to read a researched article on 100-year-old Lionel Ferbos. I liked it so much I reprinted 200 copies and distributed them for his Palm Court birthday party. He deserves all this and more. Sorry he wasn’t on your July cover. —Sue Hall, New Orleans, LA FRENCHMEN VS. BOURBON As a professional [...]

Man Signs Dog: Jimi Hendrix in New Orleans

On July 30, 1968, the Jimi Hendrix Experience kicked off its second United States tour with two shows in Baton Rouge. According to Hendrix biographer Charles Cross, Hendrix was never comfortable in the South. He was always “edgy” in states where he complained that segregation was “still the de facto norm.” So, when the band [...]

The Morning Drive

On the way to work, I decided I’d thought far too long about the Hoodoo Gurus’ Purity of Essence (Hoodoo Gurus). The opening tracks – “Cracking Up,” “A Few Home Truths” and “Are You Sleeping” – promise a return to form for the (as far as I knew) dormant band. They capture the garage roughness [...]

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, The Sky Is Crying (Epic)

Everyone knows that rock is largely derivative. True artists go to the trouble to reinvent what they borrow (see much of the Led Zeppelin catalog, for instance). Stevie Ray Vaughan certainly had his influences, and he wore them proudly…this posthumously-released collection of studio outtakes from Vaughan sessions over the years features Stevie doing Albert King, [...]