In this occasional feature, I put three songs together more or less as a mini-set. Typically there’s no real relationship between the songs other then unintentionally. However, these are a little bit bluesy if not outright blues per se. Some you might know, some you might have missed. Some you might like, some you might shrug. Eh, at least you’ll hear them.
I heard this band, The Record Company (pictured above), on the radio a little while ago and really dug them. They were formed in LA with a lead singer from Wisconsin. They have a bluesy, rootsy sound.
Their web site says their music is influenced by blues musicians like John Lee Hooker, early punk bands like The Stooges. and rock bands like The Rolling Stones. I’m noticing – and really liking – this trend of younger musicians taking the blues, using punk influences and putting new life to it.
Here’s “Off the Ground.” (This song reminds me of the the opening theme from The Sopranos):
Is anybody not aware of Gov’t Mule? Formed as a side project from the Allman Brothers band, original members were the ubiquitous guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody. Woody died several years ago. I’d always heard it was a drug overdose. But according to Wikipedia, his untimely (44 years old) death showed no immediate cause. Odd.
Anyway, Mule is an eclectic band and they’re as likely to play Van Morrison as Cream. I picked this song not only because it’s hot and bluesy – with a decidedly ZZ Top feel – but because the idea of a “World Boss” amuses me:
Given that this next video is from 2014, I may be the last person to have discovered The Idle Hands, a British blues-rock group. From their site:
With six high quality CD’s under their belts they present passionate, captivating live performances of raw original blues rock but with their own uniquely distinctive style and sound which is heavily influenced by the iconic blues- based bands and players within them; Led Zeppelin, Rory Gallagher and Jimi Hendrix to name a few.
“The Fever,” Idle Hands