August 21st, 2012
This song just jumped out of the radio.
It is ZZ Ward’s “put the gun down”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5chkHjTNFgk
Here is the review for the song <I couldn’t have said it better>:
ZZ Ward has blown us away with her bluesy take on R&B and hip-hop, and the the LA-based, Oregon-raised artist wows us again as she shows off what she refers to as “Dirty Shine” in the swampy “Put The Gun Down”, a boot-stomping rocker off her Criminal EP. (It will also appear on her full-length, Til The Casket Drops, which itself drops Oct. 16.)
She is bluesy and gritty and her first release is frickin’ amazing.
Here is the title track from her upcoming cd.
‘til the casket drops: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXtNS1shJFk&feature=related
All I can close with here is to say … just wait until you hear it for the first time in your car.
May 20th, 2012
I think we all recognize that much of the contemporary music we enjoy is often rooted in something from the past.
Oh. And by contemporary I mean any decade’s music. It’s not just today … but yesterday’s … and it will be so tomorrow.
And, yet, on occasion … in every decade someone comes along and bottles up something from way way back and makes it relevant today. Now that, my friends, is always special.
“Let the Party Roll.”
I don’t know how I missed this song and Chuck brown … but … well … I did. But I guess this falls under the ‘better late than never’ heading.
Chuck Brown died on May 16th. Maybe that is why they were playing his video for ‘let the party roll’ and I saw it the other day. Chuck was a nifty bluesy based guitarist and singer who I found out was called “the Godfather of Go-go.” After I saw that I had to do some research because I had never heard of ‘go go’ and found out that ‘Go-go’ is an offshoot of funk music seemingly tied to the Washington, D.C. While its musical classification influences, and origins are debated, Brown is regarded as the fundamental force behind the creation of go-go music.
I don’t really care what its called because it has a great blues groove with not only some funk but also contemporary smooth rock. I also know this song would be perfect music on any party soundtrack for us older folk. Great performance video with some awesome cameos from celebrities:
Let The party roll: http://vimeo.com/3179938