Nina Simone – Backlash Blues

civil rights song that makes a reference to the Vietnam War: https://rateyourmusic.com/list/JBrumm… From the 1967 album “Nina Simone Sings the Blues” (RCA Victor LSP-3789 / US / LP / 33rpm). Composed by Nina Simone and Langston Hughes. “Mr. Backlash, Mr. Backlash Who do you think I am You raise my taxes, freeze my wages And […]

Flashback Soul: Albert King Longs For The “Pretty Woman”

by Robb Patryk   They called the late Albert King the “Velvet Bulldozer.” Weighing in at over 250 lbs. and standing 6’4” tall, King had a formidable stage presence and the smoothest of soul voices. Acclaimed by many critics as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, King was a significant influence on artists ranging from Stevie […]

Altered Five Blues Band “Charmed & Dangerous” [OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO]

  Official music video for “Charmed & Dangerous,” the first track off Altered Five Blues Band’s album Charmed & Dangerous, on Blind Pig Records. Download on iTunes: http://apple.co/2v2V6K5 Buy on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2tI6lE2 Song written by Jeff Schroedl and Jeff Taylor Produced by Tom Hambridge Mixed by Tom Hambridge and Michael Saint-Leon (P) (C) 2017 Altered Five LLC […]

WHO OWNS THE BLUES?

BY FLORENCE DORE   Long ago, in a time available to us in the dirty crackle and hiss of 78s with worn labels, an African American singer who had traveled for 15 years on the medicine show circuit committed to shellac a song called “Old Dog Blue.” His name was Jim Jackson. Jackson recorded “Old Dog […]

Bentonia, Mississippi: Oldest Surviving Juke Joint

The Blue Front Cafe has been open since 1948, hosting blues musicians. A small, weather-worn, cinderblock building in a tiny town. A historical marker out front attests to its importance. The Blues is rooted in old and long forgotten Mississippi juke joints — long forgotten except for the Blue Front Cafe in Bentonia. Opened in […]

The Pedagogy of Hip Hop: Underground Soundtracks for Dissecting & Confronting the Power Structure

Disclaimer: The language expressed in this article is an uncensored reflection of the views of the artists as they so chose to speak and express themselves. Censoring their words would do injustice to the freedom of expression and political content this article intends to explore. Therefore, some of the language appearing below may be offensive […]