Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Freddie King: This Is The Blues! Are You Listening?

About 10 years ago, I remember walking through Record Theatre back home in search of new cds.  On past occasions, the music in the background ranged from local punk bands to the most recent heavy metal album.  However, on that particular day, whoever was in charge of the music made a great choice.  A live blues concert graced the speakers as I searched for new music.  Having no idea who this was, I asked the manager upon checking out.  He informed me that what I was listening to was a bootleg concert of Freddie King.  I've been a big fan of the blues ever since.  Don't get me wrong, I love being lucky enough to live in this time period, but man I wish Blue was more prevalent in music today.

Freddie King was one of the "Three Kings of Blues" (B.B. King and Albert King).  He like many other Blues artists influenced legendary artists such as Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn.  Unfortunately, Freddie King died of acute pancreatitis at the age of 42 in 1976.

Here's Freddie King's 1973 performance of "Have You Ever Loved A Woman" live in Sweden. 

Also, check out the collar on that shirt!  It's outstanding!

Rolling Stone also listed Freddie King at number 25 on their list of best guitarists.  Here's exhibit A:

Monday, October 3, 2011

Pegasus Bridge: Just Waiting For Your Boyfriend To Go

I've been holding out on posting this song for awhile, in hopes I'd come across a high quality video.  After months of waiting, it appears as though I'm out of luck.  For one, Pegasus bridge and sadly decided to break up.  And seeing as though they played their farewell concert a few weeks ago, it seems unlikely a better video will surface any time soon.

The news that Pegasus Bridge is parting ways is a bit sad.  I just found this band this past spring, and really enjoyed their material.  They seemed like a band with a lot of potential.

This is a song about holding out for something, and then realizing that holding out may not be a healthy choice.  Here's Pegasus Bridge performing "Paris" and as a bonus "Swimming Pool."

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Vanessa Carlton: You Could Be The End Of Me

This past Tuesday, at the Matt Nathanson concert at 9:30 Club, I had the pleasure of hearing Vanessa Carlton's opening set.  Carlton has been out of the limelight the last few years.  Most would be familiar with her remarkably popular song "A Thousand Miles" which reached the top five of Billboard's Hot 100.  However, before making her most recent record, Rabbits on the Run, Carlton admits she was dealing with severe writer's block.  Thankfully, she was able to overcome  the block and produce the record.  From what I heard Tuesday night, the songs are phenomenal.

Here's Vanessa Carlton performing her most recent single, "I Don't Want To Be A Bride" off Rabbits on the Run.

Find more from Vanessa Carlton right here.