Rhiannon Giddens – Julie (Bluegrass/Blues Ballad On Slavery)

This lady is multi-talented. She can play. She can write. She can sing. It’s slightly more unusual to see a black person playing bluegrass. There’s no real reason why that should be the case other than that particular genre is descended from Irish and Scots music as carried there by colonials, and few of them […]

John Lee Hooker – Boom Boom [Blues]

John Lee Hooker was one of the older generation of Bluesmen who had their own peculiar style and worldview. They were tough, courteous and principled performers who sang about the trails of life and lessons hard-learned from personal experience. Here is one of his most famous songs. If you enjoyed this, please share

Howlin’ Wolf – Smokestack Lightenin’ [Blues]

What a voice Howlin’ Wolf has, and what a name! This is one smokin’ hot track from the blues legend. Rebel Voice advises that you keep a bucket of cold water handy when listening to this as you may set your hair of fire. And for god’s sake don’t let the neighbour’s dog hear it, […]

Last Car To Elysian Fields

Last Car To Elysian Fields¬† ¬†by James Lee Burke This is number 13 in the Dave Robicheaux series, set in southern Louisiana. In this installment, the New Iberia detective is drawn into a decades-old case of a popular blues singer who vanished whilst serving time in Angola prison. As is to be expected, such investigations […]

Mustang Sally – The Commitments

This audio is from one of the best Irish films of them all, the eponymous, The Commitments. The soundtrack is well worth getting hold of, and remember it’s Riding, not Roiding. – Be generous, give it a share –