Sat August 16, 2014
marc on the blues

With His Talent, Lucky Peterson Doesn't Need Luck

Lucky Peterson performing in 2007.
madamjujujive Flickr - Creative Commons

“Lucky” is a pretty good nick name when you have a father with a club where you can get heard by a Blues legend and get the legend's help to become a star at 5-years-old. Unlikely you say?

It happened to “Lucky” Peterson, the Buffalo, New York, guitarist and organist.

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Thu August 14, 2014

3 Young Artists We Can’t Wait For At Folks Fest

There's always a great crowd for the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest
Jim Hill KUNC

Folk music is all about telling stories, evoking emotion and preserving culture for posterity. At the 24th Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival a diverse mix of new and old will take over the beautiful grounds in Lyons August 15 to 17.

Randy Newman, Brandi Carlile, Ani DiFranco, John Fullbright and Randy Newman will add a classic folks touch, but we’re most excited about three of the youngest musicians at this years festival.

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Sat August 2, 2014
marc on the blues

'Bland' Does Not Describe Bobby Blue Bland

Early photo of Bobby Blue Bland, from 1974
Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

I’ve done a totally non-scientific, impromptu survey and I’ve found several names that people who say they don’t know anything about the Blues all seem to know: B. B. King makes all of the lists. Georgie Fame is usually there, John Lee Hooker too. There’s J. J. Cale and a few others.

Then there’s Bobby Blue Bland. He’s like the wallpaper, he always seems to be there.

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Sat July 26, 2014
marc on the blues

Rory Block: Perhaps Today's Most Important Delta Blues Artist

"Today she is widely regarded as the top female interpreter and authority on traditional country blues worldwide."

-The Blues Foundation

Princeton, New Jersey, born and Manhattan raised, Rory Block grew up surrounded by the Greenwich Village folk scene, but it is the Delta Blues that she has made her own. She truly knows the genre.

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Sun July 20, 2014
Performing Arts

At Monty Python Reunion Show, The Circus Makes One Last Flight

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 10:08 am

Michael Palin, left, and Terry Gilliam perform on the opening night of Monty Python Live (Mostly). The final performance of the reunion show, on Sunday, will be live-streamed at theaters around the world.
Dave J Hogan Getty Images