Muddy Waters

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    October 13, 2014

    Blues & Greens, Boulder's Home of the Blues, Closing This Month

    About a year after Dan King and his business partners took over the Overlook Hotel in Boulder, bassist Mark Diamond started hosting weekly jazz jams in the back of hotel's restaurant, before there was a stage set up. Four months later, King started bringing in local and nationally known blues acts a ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    The best concerts to see in Denver this week

    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 >>

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    October 29, 2013

    Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes on the rumor that he's the one who got the Dead to cover Metallica

    Gov't Mule formed in 1994 as a side project of Warren Haynes and Allen Woody, who were then members of the Allman Brothers Band. While both men continued to play with the Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule became quite a viable entity on its own, rooted in a similar blend of blues, jazz and rock, with a pe ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013
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    October 2, 2013

    What we're all listening to right now

    Music is life -- or at least it is for us. When we're not writing about it, we're thinking about it, talking about it or listening to it. These are the things that were in heavy rotation for us this week. What are you listening to? What should we be listening to? C'mon, now. Sharing is caring. Don't ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    The ten best shows in Denver this week

    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 >>

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    July 4, 2013
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    December 6, 2012


    Fourth and Long
    MojoHand Records

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    June 21, 2012
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    June 8, 2012

    Tavern LoHi is coming to Highland, and hipsters panic over parking

    I live in the belly of the beast, Denver's hottest restaurant neighborhood: Lower Highland, or LoHi, as developers have dubbed it. (In response, I refer to my particular block as SoLola -- south of Lola.) And with the news that Tavern Hospitality Group plans to put a Tavern LoHi here, the area isn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2012

    Harry Tuft on being inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame

    Harry Tuft, slated to be inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame this Sunday, February 12, opened the Denver Folklore Center in 1962 and started promoting concerts a few years later, bringing in Joan Baez to Denver for the first time in 1964 and later bringing her to Red Rocks. In the early ... More >>

  • Music

    March 3, 2011

    Various Artists

    Live From Ebbets Field Vol. 4
    Listen Up

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Otis Taylor to give trance blues workshop

    ​One of the finest blues players to come of out of these parts, Otis Taylor has won blues album of the year awards from Downbeat for four of his albums, and he's jammed with Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and many other legendary players. Over the years, he's mastered a sparse and hypno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Air Dubai, Lil Wayne and DJ Krush fill our playlists this week

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" Whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of al ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    Five facts about T-Model Ford you should know

    Peter Lee​ T Model Ford is sweet tea spiked with moonshine -- something simple and sweet but with a hell of a kick. In the late 1990s Fat Possum Records discovered him and put out his first album, Pee-Wee Get Your Gun. Since then, he's recorded five more albums, including his latest, I'm a La ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of March 8, 2010

    ​As people who think about, talk about, listen to and make music, the most common question we encounter is, "What are you listening to right now?" So whether you're looking for recommendations, trying to get a feel for our individual sensibilities, or are just curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

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    September 2, 2009

    Heavy Rotation, our top spins for the week of August 31, 2009

    ​As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of ... More >>

  • Music

    June 25, 2009

    Delta Sonics

    Never Enough

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    December 18, 2008

    Slinging Mud

    Muddy’s proprietor Bill Stevens tells all.

  • Film

    December 4, 2008

    Cadillac Records

    Cadillac Records can't handle the truth

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2008

    Live Review: The Shuffletones at Dazzle

    The Shuffletones Saturday, August 16, 2008 Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge Better than: Drowning your romantic sorrows in radio-friendly pop music. The Shuffletones rely on a familiar formula, a musical equation that’s been borrowed too many times to count and that’s indelibly carved into the very ... More >>

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    July 31, 2008
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    June 30, 2008

    Over the Weekend...Reverend Dead Eye @ Continental Club

    Photo by Tom Murphy. Reverend Dead Eye Friday, June 27, 2008 The Continental Club, Denver Better Than: You have any reason to expect from a dive bar off Santa Fe. There might have been any number of other things to see or do on a Friday night in late June, but when Reverend Dead Eye said he was ha ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 19, 2008

    Lonely at the 'Top

    Pinetop Perkins is among the last survivors from the classic era of the blues.

  • Music

    February 14, 2008

    Flair Lounge

    Richard Engel transforms a Stapleton bar into a live-music venue.

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2007

    The Best of Denver Winners from 1985

    In 1985, Westword published its second Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from the Best Cheeseburger at My Brother’s Bar to the Best Bronco (John Elway, now in his second year with the team), to another future landmark, the Best Addition to the Skyline (Herbert ... More >>

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    August 29, 2007
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    May 24, 2007

    Listen Up

    Fast reviews of recent releases

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    March 22, 2007

    JJ Grey & MOFRO

    Nothing scarier, wilder or more attractive to JJ Grey than a strong woman.

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    January 25, 2007

    Joe Bonamassa

    This blues revisionist insists that the genre must progress or die out.

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    May 25, 2006

    Charlie Musselwhite

    Thursday, May 25, Walnut Room, 303-292-1700.

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    March 24, 2005
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    January 6, 2005


    Street's Disciple (Sony Urban Music/Columbia)

  • Film

    November 4, 2004

    Next Best Thing

    If you weren't at this landmark blues concert, Lightning in a Bottle will do.

  • Music

    May 13, 2004

    Pinetop Perkins

    Thursday, May 13, Soiled Dove, 303-299-0100

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    April 22, 2004

    Author, Author

    Suzan-Lori Parks speaks in many voices

  • Calendar

    March 25, 2004

    Best Jukebox

    Lion's Lair

  • Music

    May 8, 2003

    Critic's Choice

    Pinetop Perkins

  • Music

    June 27, 2002

    Polo Montañez

    Guajiro natural (Lideres)

  • Music

    May 2, 2002

    The Band

    The Last Waltz (Warner Bros./Rhino)

  • Music

    December 30, 1999

    Judgment Day

    Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.

  • Music

    September 23, 1999

    He's the Piano Man

    Pinetop Perkins can't return to his blues roots -- because he never left them.

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    May 20, 1999
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    November 26, 1998
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    May 15, 1997
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    February 20, 1997

    Going to the Wellses'

    Meet harpist Junior Wells--and the woman who keeps him in line.

  • Music

    April 18, 1996

    No Regular Guy

    The rise, fall and rise of blues guitarist Buddy Guy.

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    March 1, 1995
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    January 18, 1995
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    July 20, 1994
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