Otis Rush turns 82 on April 29. Albert King would have been 94 on April 25. Inspired by the birthdays of these two left-handed blues guitar giants, Fog City Blues presents its 8th annual Left-Hand-A-Thon -- celebrating the blues from the other side.
This music you’re hearing today is by a Bay Area duo called Gutter Swan. Loryn Barbeau, a former opera singer, and Steve Egelman, guitarist, take inspiration for their sound from traditional folk, and Americana twang.
In this episode, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs breaks down “Water Fountain.” It’s a song that draws inspiration from the politics of drought and dancehall reggae, and you’ll hear how and why she tried to make this song less catchy.
Faye Carol has been part of the Bay Area music scene since she moved from Meridian, Mississippi to Pittsburg, California as a young girl. Known widely as the ‘Dynamic Miss Faye Carol,’ she defies labels -- singing everything from cabaret to gospel to jazz.
From 1993 to 2001, Kim Lembo recorded four blues albums with her band Blue Heat. Her special blend of hard rocking blues, gospel and roots brought out a voice unique in its depth, universal in its world weariness.
No Lovely Thing is a fiercely funky soul band based in Oakland. Led by singer Melissa Jones’ percussive melodies and unforgettably captivating voice, the band weaves elements of blues, ska, reggae and jazz into their modern soul-funk mix.
Are you longing for the laid-back Mendo surfer vibe, but don’t have time to travel north? Then maybe you should hear Mendonesia. This San Francisco band describes their sound as “somewhere between psych and folk.”
With up to 14 musicians (12 horns and 2 percussionists), Bay Area-San Francisco-based Inspector Gadje brings a big sound to the beautiful and bumpin’ brass band music of the Balkans of south-eastern Europe.
The innovative sounds of the John Brothers Piano Company are the colors of timeless energy – early jazz meets stride and swing, waltzed through a Barbary saloon, laid to rest on a bed of rambunctious roses.
75+ Bay Area musicians and artists pay tribute to an album that showcased the confident vision of a young woman dealing with modern life - love, heartbreak, spirituality, racism - with the wisdom and aplomb of an old soul.