Playlist Voices to Know: Rhythm & Blues, Early Rock N’ Roll Singers. Vol. 1

Big Maybelle, Ann Cole, Hannah Dean, Blanche Thomas, and Annie Laurie were five singers of note in that golden musical moment when Blues, Rhythm & Blues, and early Rock n’ Roll were harmoniously intertwined. Here are five of their classics:

5 Songs For The End of The Week

If you’re not invited to the party, throw your own.”-Diahann Carroll Wallpaper. London. “Big Mama Thornton with The Muddy Waters Band-1966” is on my list of albums for required listening. According to Smithsonian Folkways Recording, “. . . the session was recorded without the benefit of a rehearsal. . .” You can hear the through… Continue reading 5 Songs For The End of The Week

Are Four Artists Enough For a Lifetime of Listening Pleasure?

Could you really listen to only four musical artists for the rest of your life? Of course not, but it’s fun to think about. Everyday is a new opportunity to fall in musical love. A single song is all it takes. I fell for Carmen McRae, Nina Simone, and Grace Jones one song at a… Continue reading Are Four Artists Enough For a Lifetime of Listening Pleasure?

Five Songs For The End of The Week

Untitled, 2018. Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan COVID-19 relief bill and all adults are to be eligible for vaccines by May 1. There is still a lot more to be done, but we're off to a promising start. What a week. We made it! Enjoy.… Continue reading Five Songs For The End of The Week