Stayed in that funk. Electric. Yearning ballad and back to taking control. Here it is. Great low and introspective. Killer, loud, and all encompassing. Some intriguing music. And a lead break – just at the perfect time. Deep Robin Trowery, slow scream. Now you know – Eli is legit. Feel like you could sing with it even though you don’t know the words. I’m praying Eli. Crazy talented production of this album. Some tunes could go on longer, but leaving wanting more works. I now know I can’t wait to hear the rest (which, by the way, is just as good, or better and the first), and hopefully you do too. Get this album. It’s very, very good!
Opens with the clear, unmistakable, picking on a resonator guitar. Rod Stewart / Steven Tyler / with maybe more than a whiff of country. Strong powerful vocals. Old time blues. Porch steps dusty lemonade and dogs barking. Dance party toe-tapping feel good tune. Liberating to be “gone”. Sounds like fun too. Great slide work, reminiscent of Sonny Landreth (who I just saw last month).
Deeper, darker overtones, vocally deeper and further in. Are we getting there? What’s up in there Eli? Definitely a Monday – feeling sorry for yourself kind of time. Try all them medicines…. AIN’T GOING TO HEAL THOSE BLUES. Overdubs by sultry keys or organ or another slide guitar….? Flawless changes. Vocals and guitar mesh as one instrument. Not easy to do but so well meshed. Can’t not notice. Even if you’re cleaning the house, or overhear it walking past a window, or hear it in the background – it will catch your ear.
On July 5, 2017 concert goers at one of the premier outdoor venues, Wolf trap, were treated to the powerful and dynamic Tesdschi Trucks Band, with special opening guests Hot Tuna and The Wood Brothers. Rock, Roots, & Blues - Live was there.
On July 6, 2017, the River & Blues summer weekly series in Wagner Park in NYC began with a rousing show by the venerable Los Lobos. The band added some hard-rockin' blues and rock 'n roll to their standard set of songs that span a career of over 30 years. They were joined late in the set by guitar wonder, New York's Brandon "Taz" Neiderauer. Here's two great videos from the show. (Not) just another band from East L.A... Check out the two videos below.
See our photos of Los Lobos from the show as well.
On August 20, 2017, Jonny Lang made a pit stop at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA. Touring in support of his eighth album, Signs, Jonny left little doubt that he is one of the top blues / blues rock guitar player around. Passion in waves, Jonny and the band put on a fantastic set of great music. heavy blues to ballads and everything in between!
See all the photos from that night!
A fine line-up and real blues show at BB Kings in NYC - July 26, 2017 with Joe Louis Walker and opening set by The Felix Cabrera Band.
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On Saturday, July 22, 2017, The Hamilton in Washington, D.C. hosted a true blues legend - Sonny Landreth. Seldom have I seen an artist with such a mastery of his craft. The slide technique Mr. Landreth has developed is one-of-a-kind and he uses his slide like a completely separate instrument, bouncing and gliding this hand up and down the neck of his guitar. He put on an impressive acoustic opening set and returned after a short break with his Stratocaster, taking the audience with him on a diverse, electric trip around the blues. Opening the show was Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon. His take-no-prisoners style was on full display. Tornonzo clearly loves to play his guitar and interact with the audience. In addition to a super-talented blues guitar player and vocalist, he is a consummate showman.
See the all our photos from this fantastic night of music!
Carrying On at Roots Rock Revival
Roots Rock Revival is a Music Masters Camp conceived by Butch Trucks and Michael Price in collaboration with Henry Stout at Full Moon Resorts. It began in 2013 with ‘Artists In Residence’ Butch Trucks and Oteil Burbridge (of The Allman Brothers Band), and Luther and Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars). Occurring every August, it has expanded every succeeding year in both Artists and attendees.
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Tom Pragliola and his son Evan have attended Roots Rock Revival camp four years in a row now.
A series of Music Masters Camps are offered each summer at Full Moon Resorts at Big Indian, NY. The camps are an intensive, week-long experience of interaction between professional musicians and attendees.
At Roots Rock Revival, different combinations of the ‘Artists In Residence’ play a set of music each night after dinner, and the first night features Oteil Burbridge, Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson and friends Craig Keil and Jackson Kincheloe.
After the show, the jamming begins. Attendees bring their guitars, sticks, and varying degrees of of musical experience to one of three different locations. The camp has attendees of all ages and musical levels and everyone participates. And it works.
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October 1, 2017
The Birchmere is one of our favorite music clubs! The line-up of musicians regularly playing the club has always been very strong since they began more than 50 years ago!
Thanks to all the staff at the Birchmere - from the ladies and gentlemen who run the box office, to the wait staff, the door men and women, and a special thanks to Dave and Buddy for handling the lights and sound and the everything.
On August 17, 2017, The Hamilton in Washington, DC hosted, for the very first time, Mr. Walter Trout and his band. Walter was in rare form coming out from the start and destroying the audience with old and new music. Walter has dozens of albums worth of music to pick from and the audience loved every minute of it. One of the most prolific bluesman out there now, Walter has made a triumphant comeback after nearly loosing his life to liver disease.
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The 2018 Reincarnation of The Dixie Dregs – Part 1
Rock, Roots, & Blues – Live
July 23, 2017
On June 26, 2017 I received a short simple e-mail from Rod Morgenstein, drummer for the Dixie Dregs, as well as Winger & Jelly Jam:
Subject: Dixie Dregs
It’s finally official – 40 years after the release of Free Fall in 1977, the first commercially released Dixie Dregs record, the original line-up from that band will reunite in Feb ’18 to tour the U.S.
Hope all’s well,
This is the news I had been waiting for since August 2015 when I first interviewed Rod Morgenstein. That night at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, MD, I asked him about the possibility of a Dixie Dregs reunion, and he responded that there had been occasional discussion about it and that it might happen in the next year or two (or three). I was floored and excited at the thought that a reunion was actually going to happen – being a long-time fan – as well as the thought that we had just scored a major scoop.
Read the entire story and part one in our series ofinterviewswith the Dixie Dregs. We spoke with Steve Morse, Rod Morgenstein, Andy West, and Steve Davidowski about the 2018 tour and so more. See ithere.
Video from 2017 RRR
Jack Pearson demonstrating how to get "Bird Call" sound.
Jack Pearson demonstrating how to play "Blue Sky"
Faculty Jam John Medeski / Jack Pearson / Johnny Vidacovich - at RRR 2017
Bernard Purdie talks about The Purdie Shuffle
From Johnny Vidacovich Master Class - "Stop Playing Drums and Start Playing Music"
Hey drummers! - from Johnny V. Master Class - Johnny Vidacovich - "2 against 3" demonstration
Grateful Dead / Allman Brothers performance - Oteil, Luther & Friends - "China Cat Sunflower" / "Blue Sky"
On August 11, 2017, Lyle Lovett and his Large Band took over the world-class amphitheater at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA. It's hard to describe a show by Lyle and his Large Band. Each member is a world class musician in their own right. Put them together, led by Mr. Lovett, with his songs of love, of the mundane, and the hilarious, and you have something truly special. Add to the mix the wonderfully soulful Ms. Francine Reed, and bring out several members of the Georgetown Gospel Choir, and you have a unique memorable evening of music that span nearly any genre you can think of. If you get he chance to see Lyle with his Large Band, do not miss it!
See all the photos from that night!
On June 26, 2017 we heard from our good friend, Rod Morgenstein. Rod has been the drummer for the amazing Dixie Dregs since 1973. See Rod let our fans know about the reincarnation.