Although it's always been relatively uncommon, legendary old-school blues musicians have let their voices and/or images be used to sell products in ads and commercials. There's that semi-famous 1993 John Lee Hooker ad for Lee Jeans, for instance! Still, this new find is a total surprise. It's a clip of Muddy Waters doing a radio ad for Dr. Pepper.
This past Tuesday night, the Rolling Stones brought their Zip Code Tour to the Marcus Ampitheater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy opened the proceedings and later joined the Stones for a rendition of the Muddy Waters classic "Champagne and Reefer."
Recently, Ceekars (pronounced “seekers”) developed what it's calling the world’s first 4D headphones, and the aural experience is trippy. The company reached out to Guitar World and asked us to suggest some music that would put their radically new concept to the test. We responded with the following five tracks.
Here’s a down and dirty blues by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi performed live at the White House on two acoustic guitars. It’s the song “Rollin and Tumblin,” a blues tune first recorded by singer/guitarist Hambone Willie Newbern in 1929.
“They always try to write off the blues. Well, we’ve proven tonight that at least 9,000 people like the blues.” So says Joe Bonamassa on Joe Bonamassa: Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks, a new live CD, DVD and Blu-ray that will be released March 24.
Born from the boogie-woogie sounds of jazz piano in the very early 20th century, the swinging shuffle groove is built from an insistent and repetitive forward-leaning rhythm that is generally written in 12/8 meter—wherein four consecutive beats are each subdivided into three evenly spaced eighth notes—and comprises a repeating quarter-note/eighth-note rhythm that sounds like “da—da, da—da, da—da, da—da.”
Waters, the father of modern Chicago blues, was a major inspiration to several generations of blues artists — including most of the key players in the British blues explosion of the Sixties. He also helped define blues for the latter part of the 21st century—an impact felt in a host of other genres including rock, R&B, folk and country.