• Blues

    How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?

    This song was written in 1929 by one Blind Alfred Reed. I became familiar with the song through Bruce’s Seeger Sessions tour. I happened across this video tonight (thru a post on Crooks and Liars). It’s Ry Cooder performing the…

  • Blues,  Folk

    Woes is Me

    Led by singer, songwriter, and banjoman extraordinaire Osei Essed, the Woes have been a staple of the NYC music scene since they formed in 2002. Described by Essed as “post-apocalyptic traditional music”, the Woes employ a number of unique instruments…

  • Blues,  Funk,  Prince,  Rock

    Prince at 48

    June 7th marks the big 4-8 for Prince. Let’s listen to some guitar work, shall we? It seems like Prince always surprises people when he tears it up on the guitar. Remember the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame ceremony…

  • Blues

    Shake 4 Eddie Turner

    Eddie Turner is a Colorado-based blues guitarist who I first heard & saw at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival last summer. I really enjoyed the whole vibe he, his band, and his music emitted. The whole set is available…

  • Blues,  Roots Rock

    RIP Chris Whitley

    Sad news. Chris Whitley has succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 45 [Yahoo News Story]. My brother and I went to see him over the summer here in Phoenix. It was the first show of his tour, he…

  • Blues

    Monday at the Movies

    Been in the blues frame of mind of late. So out came the soundtrack to the movie ‘Rush’, put together by one Eric Clapton. If I’m not mistaken, this is the first release that “Tears in Heaven” was released on.…

  • Blues

    Devil Boy in Telluride

    There’s been a brief hiatus here on IckMusic thanks to a long overdue vacation. The fam and I headed up to Telluride, Colorado to visit the folks and check out the 12th annual Blues & Brews Festival – 3 days…