Legendary blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin died of heart failure at a hospital in Wayne, New Jersey, last night, December 4. He was 80. As bluesman Howlin' Wolf's guitarist in the 1950s, Sumlin influenced several generations of blues and rock guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmy Page. What made Sumlin's resume even more impressive was that he also was Muddy Waters' for a brief period in the mid-'50s before rejoining Howlin' Wolf's band.
Y2K bugs notwithstanding, 1999 was a payoff year for patient music fans. Several artists made comebacks -- perhaps fearful they only had a few months before computer systems would revert back to the year 1900, and CD players would explode.
Few musical marriages have been so magical, so intuitively right, as that of the great blues singer Howlin’ Wolf and his guitarist, Hubert Sumlin. From the time he joined the blues legend’s band in 1954 until Wolf’s death in 1976, Sumlin played a central role in crafting some of the century’s most memorable and influential American roots music. His economical, stinging fills, unusual rhythmic approach and perfectly placed bent notes are as integral as Wolf’s growl to the blues power of classics like “Spoonful,” “Smokestack Lightnin’,” “Killing Floor” and “The Red Rooster.”
In case you missed the tour in 2011, Anthrax, Testament and Death Angel are giving you one more shot to see them next year. The bands have announced a handful of dates for 2012, which you can check out below.
Lamb of God will release their latest studio effort, Resolution, on January 24 of next year. The posted a teaser video last month (check it out below) and are now streaming a new song over at Metal Sucks.
Paul Gilbert has announced the first annual Paul Gilbert’s Great Guitar Escape, set for July 9 to 13, 2012, at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York. Guitar players of all ages, levels and styles are invited to join Paul Gilbert and other expert musicians for this five-day experience focused on the techniques, styles and life of the modern working musician.