Roots Rock

Today in Music – September 16,1925 – “Blues Boy” Riley King is born!!


B B KingSo today is the 88th birthday of probably the greatest blues musician of all time and certainly the one whose been at the top of his craft the longest, B.B. King!! First, here’s  the obligatory background information from Wikipedia, like he needs and introduction:

Riley B. King (born September 16, 1925), known by the stage name B.B. King, is an American blues musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

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Life’s Soundtrack – Anders Osborne helps keep my Pace Up and the Effort Down with Peace!!

Anders Osborne

Anders OsborneWell I proved tonight that Tuesday’s run was not just a result of having four days off!! I went into tonight’s run not expecting or really wanting to run as hard as I did on Tuesday! I had convinced myself that all I wanted to do was have a nice easy run. As I set out with those that thought in mind head and the music of Anders Osborne in my ears, I found myself holding a steady pace that was just under 10 minutes/mile and at times going down to 9:30 /mile. So I said ok let’s just let it roll and see where it ends up. Well it ended up again averaging under a 10 min/mile and only 2 seconds per mile slower than Tuesday run with an average pace of 9:53 per mile. So while I’m still not exactly where I want to be, I am running a lot faster and easier than I was back in August!! PeaceThe music of Anders Osborne that was in my ears and the soundtrack of the run was his new release Peace. The album sits at number 4 on the Roots Music Report Roots Rock Chart, rising from number 25 last week. The first Anders Osborne album that became a part of my library was his 2010 release American Patchwork which I thought was terrific. That was followed into my collection by 2012’s Black-Eyed Galaxy, which was almost as good. Now comes Peace and I think this one’s as good as American Patchwork. While I liked it on my run, I enjoyed it even more listening to it a second time earlier tonight! So I can’t wait until I get to listen a few more times. After listening to and thinking about the personal struggles that form the foundation of his songwriting, I understand why…..

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Roots Rock from PA. – Strangers and Liars – Five Seat Concert Hall

Five Seat Concert Hall

Five Seat Concert HallThis week sitting at No. 9 on the Roots Music Reports Roots Rock Chart is a band that I have never listen to, Strangers and Liars and their debut album Five Seat Concert Hall. This afternoon I gave the self-produced album a listen, and liked what I heard! The band lists as their inspiration “the writings and sounds of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bob Dylan, J.J. Cale, The Rolling Stones and Warren Zevon”. I heard a little Grateful Dead in the band’s guitar bridges and could see where many of those bridges could be expanded into some nice instrumental jams!!

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Life’s Soundtrack – The Devil Makes Three – Stomp & Smash

So while it wasn’t quite as nice a day as the other day, it was comfortable, so I laced up the running shoes and went out for a four mile plus run. I have run a couple of 3.2 mile runs this year and they were pretty easy so I thought I could move up to four without major problems. While this run was not quite as easy as the last one there were no major problems. The first mile was about 9:38 and overall the pace was about 9:55 not bad considering I haven’t run much over the last two months! The soundtrack for the run was the latest album from The Devil Makes Three Stomp and Smash – Live at the Mystic Theater.. It a great album for running with lots of great song with good rhythms from this three man band from Santa Cruz, California. But then front man Pete Bernhard says  “The rhythm is what our band is about.”  The band plays a music that combines ragtime, blues, country, folk and rockabilly. Into a great foot-stomping mix.

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Life’s Soundtrack – Black Country Communion

So on  Saturday, the weather was cooler and the knee  wasn’t bad, so I decided to run. Now I needed something to listen to on the iPod, I find that on genre that works well is metal! I love to run to Dragonforce, hard driving amazing guitars. So I turned to an amazing guitarist Joe Bonamassa and his new band Black Country Communion and their new album Black Country Communion 2. When Andrew gave me the album the other day to listen to, thinking that it hasn’t been that long since their debut album, I said, oh they had tracks left over from the first album. He said no that they went back in the studio and recorded new tracks! Anyway it only took the first track “The Outsider” to see that this album is every bit as good as the first album and probably better! The second track “Man in the Middle” keeps up the intensity as Bonham’s drumming provides that strong driving beat, Hughes vocals soar and then Bonamassa does his magic! Bonamassa takes over the vocals for the next track “The Battle for Hadrian’s Wall” and provides good vocals as usual! If the next track “Save Me” has a Led Zeppelin feel that’s because the song was started by Jimmy Page and Jon Paul Jones during their 2007 Reunion show. Jason Bonham kept playing the riff for Hughes and he was intrigued finally he called Bonamassa over to his house and they finished the song and like they say “the rest is history” well at least a great song. Now at this point I was just past the two mile point and my heart rate was climbing, so over the rest of the run I paid more attention to that than the music! I do remember “Smokestack Woman” though and a great blues ballad “Little Secret” and a few more vocals by Bonamassa! All and all it’s a great album and now has moved into the number one spot on the UK Rock album chart!

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