Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Tuesday roundup: Blues/genes

Lots happening once again as we segue into this week's roundup. Today's theme is Blues and genes:
  • Eagle Rock Entertainment is preparing to release a CD and DVD of one of the late great blues guitarist Albert Collins' last live performances. Live At Montreux 1992 and its companion 102-minute DVD are due on March 4.

  • Proving that talent is at least partially genetic, AJ Lambert is set to release her debut solo recording, an EP called, well, EP that features five new tracks plus a ten-minute film. Lambert is also bassist/singer/songwriter of the NYC band Looker, the daughter of 60s pop diva Nancy Sinatra, and the granddaughter of music legend Frank Sinatra.
  • Blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd recently traveled the South with a documentary film crew and a portable recording studio to capture several veteran blues players on their home turf. The resulting album and film, 10 Days Out: Blues from the Backroads, has been nominated for two Grammy Awards (Best Traditional Blues Album and Best Long Form Music Video) and is touted as “…a blues fan’s dream…” The album and film features Blues greats B.B. King, Etta Baker, Gatemouth Brown, and many others. Trailer is here; iTunes link is here.
  • Justin Townes Earle will launch a full U. S. tour to celebrate his debut album, The Good Life, in stores March 25th. Kicking off 2008 with select dates in January and February, his schedule also features a showcase at the Bloodshot Records Party at SXSW on March 14th. The son of legendary singer/songwriter Steve Earle, Justin's genre is acoustic blues-folk with influences as diverse as his namesake Townes Van Zandt, The Replacements, Ray Charles and The Pogues.

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