Michael Hornbuckle was twelve years old the first time he shared the stage with his father, legendary Denver bluesman Bobby Hornbuckle, and at thirteen he was playing weekends with his dad. While he was getting an education on stage, he was also schooling himself in blues guitar by listening to the ... More >>
The 3rd Annual Bringing Back the Arts music competition is this Sunday, March 16, at the Bluebird Theater. Admission is free. The competition is part of First Lady of Denver Mary Louise Lee's Bringing Back the Arts initiative, designed to bring greater attention to local artists and to encourage the ... More >>
TUES | POLICA at BLUEBIRD THEATER | 11/26/13 Polica, which hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota, features former Roma di Luna vocalist Channy Leaneagh, Ryan Olson of Gayngs fame, a pair of drummers, Ben Ivascu and Drew Christopherson and bassist bassist Chris Bierdan. Formed in the summer of 2011, the ... More >>
PHISH @ DICK'S SPORTING GOODS PARK | 8/30/13-9/1/13 Phish is playing at Dick's this weekend. You know what that means, right? Yep --the end of summer. Bye-bye, barbecues and basking in the sun. Besides signifying the conclusion of the iconic Vermont band's summer tour, the now-annual three-day extra ... More >>
Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Jon Solomon hosted at Dazzle this past Saturday. Keep reading for some ... More >>
ZZ Ward released her debut album, Til The Casket Drops, in 2012. Growing up, she honed a talent for writing bluesy R&B songs. Her knack for that can be heard prominently on that disc, and well as her proclivity for hip-hop, which is even more prevalent on her Criminal EP and her Eleven Roses mixtap ... More >>
Pop culture incrementally improved the chances that books would outlive CDs when news spread that Lil Wayne had inked a deal to write a memoir about the eight months he spent locked up on gun charges. Titled Gone 'Til November, the book is scheduled to be released in May. While the hip-hop blogosphe ... More >>
Black Joe Lewis (due tomorrow at the Westword Music Showcase on the mainstage) isn't one to make fancy comparisons to the musical legacies of blues giants and soul progenitors. Lewis and his band, formerly known as the Honeybears, have earned comparisons to everyone from Howlin' Wolf to Muddy Waters ... More >>
The son of a blues legend, John Lee Hooker Jr. has overcome many personal travails over the years, from addiction to doing time, and has been striving ever since to make a mark of his own in the blues world in the tall shadow of his late father. And he's done a pretty good job, having released a num ... More >>
RIP Etta James, the Genuine Article indeed.A definitive, earnest and passionate voice in the history of American pop music has gone silent today. Legendary R&B chanteuse Etta James died this morning at the age of 73 in Riverdale, California, reportedly from complications tied to leukemia. Alo ... More >>
Some sad news to report today: We've received word that bluesman Creighton Holley passed away yesterday. The news is devastating to the scene, in general, but particularly for the blues community, which is still grieving the loss of John-Alex Mason, who passed away this past fall at the tragi ... More >>
David Bromberg's eclectic musical expertise is rooted in the sounds of America. Since the 1960s, the singer and guitarist has drawn from a palette of influences, from bluegrass to ragtime, from country blues to New Orleans jazz. Taking lessons from the legendary Reverend Gary Davis as a Columbia stu ... More >>
Warren Haynes (playing his second show in a two-night stand at the Ogden Theatre) has a résumé that speaks for itself: Picking up the guitar as a preteen, the bluesman began playing with David Allan Coe by the age of twenty and went on to work with the likes of the Allman Brothers Band and ... More >>
It's not unusual to read a review of Otis Taylor and see the words bluesman. In fact, it's as about as commonplace as reading a piece on the Broncos during the '90s and seeing the name John Elway -- the two are virtually synonymous. That said, it was somewhat refreshing to come across a review of ... More >>
Let's hope that the music and food at Blues on Blake Supper Club (at 1925 Blake Street, in a space formerly occupied by the Dugout) is better than the proofreading,since the new club recently posted an ad that it was IMMEDIANTELY HIRING FOR SERVERS/BARTENDERS. "We are an exciting new club, featurin ... More >>
Which is made up of his whole Fam Damnily.
Richard Engel transforms a Stapleton bar into a live-music venue.
From Sonny Stitt to Jack McDuff, this saxman has played with some of jazz's finest.
Wipe It Off! Records
Heartless Bastards may be on Fat Possum, but they ain't singing the blues.
Be there or be square!
Consummate sideman Eddie Turner steps into the spotlight.
Saturday, February 5, Supreme Court, 303-892-6878; Wednesday, February 9, Little Bear, Evergreen, 303-674-9991.
The actor breathes life into a formulaic Ray.
Even without music, Andy Friedman finds himself in tune with country blues.
Virginia-bred guitarist John Jackson explores the sunny side of Southern music.
At 78, T-Model Ford is a restored bluesman.
John Mooney's voodoo blues have an impressive lineage.
Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.
Odetta is happy to find trouble everywhere she goes.
February 4 - 10, 1999
Thanks to the swing trend, David Booker is very much in demand--again.
Even a gunshot wound can't stop blues giant Son Seals.
The rise, fall and rise of blues guitarist Buddy Guy.
EXPATRIATE LUTHER ALLISON IS FINALLY APPRECIATED IN THE LAND OF HIS BIRTH.
G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE PLAY THE BLUES THE NEW-FASHIONED WAY.