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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Fourth and Long
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 >>
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 >>
Live From Ebbets Field Vol. 4
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Muddys proprietor Bill Stevens tells all.
Cadillac Records can't handle the truth
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 >>
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 >>
Pinetop Perkins is among the last survivors from the classic era of the blues.
Richard Engel transforms a Stapleton bar into a live-music venue.
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 >>
Fast reviews of recent releases
Nothing scarier, wilder or more attractive to JJ Grey than a strong woman.
This blues revisionist insists that the genre must progress or die out.
Thursday, May 25, Walnut Room, 303-292-1700.
Street's Disciple (Sony Urban Music/Columbia)
If you weren't at this landmark blues concert, Lightning in a Bottle will do.
Thursday, May 13, Soiled Dove, 303-299-0100
Suzan-Lori Parks speaks in many voices
Guajiro natural (Lideres)
The Last Waltz (Warner Bros./Rhino)
Backbeat contributors offer up their favorite recordings of 1999.
Pinetop Perkins can't return to his blues roots -- because he never left them.
Meet harpist Junior Wells--and the woman who keeps him in line.
The rise, fall and rise of blues guitarist Buddy Guy.