Mason Ruffner – Blues Center Interview #6

Mason drops by Pinecohn Studios to talk Bob Dylan, Daniel Lanois, Buddy Holly, Jimmy Page and Carlos Santana. He lays down some of his signature tremolo-stained blues riffs. Live footage from French Quarter Fest highlights an amazing biography of huge accomplishments. Mason discusses his band’s role on Dylan’s “Series of Dreams” and his ongoing collaboration with Carlos Santana. He tries to recollect shooting a music video on top of The World Trade Center in 1987.

This video made possible in part by a Community Partnership grant from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

Little Freddie King – Blues Center Interview #3

New Orleans bluesman Little Freddie King in the Blues Center Interview #3. King, a cousin of Lightning Hopkins, mastered his blues style as a teenager working at the docks with fellow Delta players. Now 77, his experience with the strings comes through in BCI #3 shot at Pinecohn Studios. Catch all of the interview series by subscribing to the Blues Center on Youtube!

This video made possible in part by a Community Partnership grant from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

The Day Carlos Santana Met Miles Davis

“Miles was right. We didn’t understand harmonically or structurally what he and his band were doing. They had another kind of vocabulary, which came from a higher form of musical expression. It came from a special place—from Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane—and at the same time it was deep in blues roots and expanded into funk and rock sounds” – Carlos Santana recounts meeting Miles from Ashley Kahn’s book Santana.
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King Biscuit Blues Festival 2016

Finding some tasty Delta Blues at King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas. John Mayall closed out a great evening with Rebirth Brass Band and Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets (pictured). Looking forward to seeing Charlie Musselwhite this evening!

King Biscuit Blues Festival sundown at main stage
Anson Funderberg onstage at King Biscuit Blues Festival 2016
King Biscuit Blues Festival at night
Biscuit at night

 

Buddy Guy – Louisiana Blues

Lettsworth, LA native Buddy Guy with Mississippian Muddy Waters’ classic Louisiana Blues:

I’m goin’ down in Louisiana
Baby, behind the sun
I’m goin’ down in Louisiana
Honey, behind the sun
Well, you know I just found out
My trouble just begun

I’m goin’ down in New Orleans, hmm
Get me a mojo hand
I’m goin’ down in New Orleans
Get me a mojo hand (oh take me with you, man, when you go)

I’m gon’ show all you good-lookin’ women
Jes’ how to treat your love

Let’s go back to New Orleans, boys

British Blues Top Ten

Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated with Mick Jagger in 1962
Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated with Mick Jagger in 1962

“While it’s easy to associate British blues strictly with its superstar proponents—especially guitar gods such as Clapton, Page, and Beck—it’s easy to overlook the lesser-known acts who were intricately woven into the British blues family tree as well, in many cases providing a sort of minor-league club team system that supplied top players for the major league stadium fillers who would follow.”

British Blues Top 10