What is a blues album in 2011? If you believe the gang over at the Grammy Awards, it's whatever sort of music is being made by anyone who happens to be a member of The Allman Brothers Band. Earlier this month, new albums by Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes and the Tedeschi-Trucks Band (featuring Allman Brothers guitarist Derek Trucks) were nominated for Best Blues Album.
As an editor at GuitarWorld.com, I listen to tons o' music -- all sorts of weird stuff. One day in the summer, I even found myself listening to an album made by a bunch of nuns chanting in Latin. I'm still not sure why that happened. Anyway, the point is, amid the beatings my ear drums withstand on a daily basis, it's easy to choose my favorite albums of the year; they're the ones I found myself listening to over and over again.
Speaking with the legendary Texas guitarist as he prepares for his upcoming tour, Eric Johnson reveals much on his recording process, the musicians he works with and how he embraces music's ever-changing digital frontier.
Think about it: George Harrison and Jimmie Vaughan on the same song together ... a song that was written by Bob Dylan ... which was used on the soundtrack to something as crappy as Porky's Revenge, no less.
Johnny Nicholas is a bluesman's bluesman who's loyal to his roots and steeped in the tradition of the old masters. Nicholas has shared the stage with such legends as Muddy Waters, Robert Lockwood Jr., Jimmie Vaughan and Big Walter Horton. Currently on tour with his band Hellbent, Nicholas, who sings from his heart and shoots from his hip, sat down with us to talk about his latest album, Future Blues, released on The Peoples Label on July 12.
Only one year -- to the month -- after his last album, the Grammy-nominated Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites, Jimmie Vaughan is set to release the aptly titled Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites, a second helping of covers of the roots music that inspired him, on July 26.