live at the regal (mca) and riding with the king, with eric clapton (warner bros.)
the newer blues
these second- and third-generation artists prove the music still cooks.
ice pickin’ (alligator)
stevie ray vaughan
couldn’t stand the weather (sony)
the bonnie raitt collection (warner bros.)
alvin youngblood hart
big mama’s door (sony)
chris thomas king
dirty south hip-hop blues (21st century blues)
turn the heat up! (alligator)
martin scorsese rounded up some top directors to riff on the blues, and the result, the blues, airs through october 4 on pbs. the seven installments in the series are:
“feel like going home,” directed by martin scorsese
“warming by the devil’s fire,” directed by charles burnett
“the road to memphis,” directed by richard pearce
“the soul of a man,” directed by wim wenders
“piano blues,” directed by clint eastwood
“red, white and blues,” directed by mike figgis
“godfathers and sons,” directed by marc levin
check your local pbs station for showtimes.
live and blue
to get an earful of the blues in person, check these websites for info on dozens of blues music festivals.
www.mudcat.org. click "festivals and venues."
www.bluesfestivals. click the blue search oval.
www.about.com. enter "blues festivals" in search box.