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Category: Rocking blues

King Syam: Most Blues Worthy

So little has been written about King Syam (a.k.a., Sam Sweet) and his lone 45 for King — a situation that has all the makings for a good blues song: “Syam’s Blues”     King Syam     1963 “Syam’s Blues” served as the single’s B-side — and yet it is the only King

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"Asphalt Outlaw Hero"
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Mack: Synonymous with Diesel

Can you believe it’s been 4 months and 20 days since I last featured a truck driving song?  And how perfect is it that Lonnie Mack once wrote and sang a truck driving song for 1971 Elektra album, The Hills of Indiana? “Asphalt Outlaw Hero”     Lonnie Mack     1971 Don Nix

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Hop Wilson’s Steel Guitar Blues

Rolling Stone released two compendiums of Record Reviews in the early 70s, back when Lenny Kaye, John Mendelsohn, Lester Bangs, Greil Marcus, Bud Scoppa, Ed Ward, Richard Meltzer, Al Kooper, Ralph J. Gleason, Paul Gambaccini, Stephen Davis, Jon Landau, Jann Wenner, and (occasionally) Nick Tosches, and even Peter Townshend (Meaty

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Freddie Roulette’s Sweet, Funky Steel

Freddie Roulette coaxes all manner of sweet, funky feeling out of his doubleneck lap steel guitar on the track “Joaquin” from his debut solo album: “Joaquin”     Freddie Roulette     1973 Steel Guitar:  Freddie Roulette Bass, Acoustic Guitar:  Victor Conte Drums:  Paul Lagos Guitar:  Coleman Head Saxophone:  Richard Aplanap Mixed by Fred

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1954: An Explosive Year for Music

We all know that 1954 was the year of Elvis Presley’s famous and influential Sun recordings, but 1954 was also highly noteworthy for the combined impact of these 3 particular tunes — all instrumentals: 1.  “Stratosphere Boogie” by Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant:  phenomenal, blazing twin guitar work – rock

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