Folk, Blues, Country
The beautiful, melancholy world of Outsider, or “Private Press” Folk, is being unearthed by new audiences after being stored away in attics and garages for 50 years.
Nirvana’s lead singer never hid his influences and, more than that, he spent his life promoting all the bands and artists who’d inspired him.
The recent passing of Charlie Watts, aged 80, provides us with an opportunity to look at his background and examine his role in the alchemy of the Stones. Who was this gentleman with the elusive personality?
In addition to the beginnings of rap with the Last Poets and gangsta rap with Hustler's Convention, to some of the great classics of what is called Jazz, we also owe Alan Douglas for having allowed several generations of music lovers born after 1970 to listen to Jimi Hendrix without moderation.
No, the guitar is not dead and buried under the exhausting pyrotechnics of Guitar Hero. Other geniuses with a six string are developing subtle, intimate and meditative approaches to the instrument, opening up new paths.
Someone once said that blues is "the melody of a wounded heart looking for a way to heal". With no limits on where the music comes from, this playlist is a series of sad songs, intended to exorcise our pain.
As well as dwelling at night, the moon – a celestial being and a symbol of liberty – dwells in pop music’s most introspective moments.
Rain-soaked classics are undoubtedly fewer in number than those celebrating the sun, but there are still some famous ones. The rain doesn’t only make things hazy – it carries clouds of sound along with it.
Why is it, that in this muddled island, music always feels so vital and so at home? This is my own personal guide to British folk music: a selection of songs with deep soul and British roots.
Discover the fabulous history of the haunting traditional American folk song made famous by Lead Belly and Nirvana, “In the Pines (Where Did You Sleep Last Night?”.
One of the greatest rock bands of all time draws its inspiration from blues as much as folk and the psychedelic scene. Sometimes, the influence was subtle, sometimes it was more obvious…
Legendary, unknown, or unexpected, hear some of the musicians who have inspired David Bowie all along his incredible journey.
1968 was a year of phenomenal music, a year when the album really begins to become regarded as important for an artist to be able to make a statement.
Detroit had Motown, New York had Atlantic, Memphis Tennessee had Stax.
The rock 'n' roll revolution began with a small independent Memphis record label. It truly changed the world.