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Ten Foot Polecats | I Get Blamed For Everything I Do

There ain’t a lotta scrappy-ass electric juke-joint blues comin’ outta Allston, but this dirty trio’s first full-length album makes it seems that the Charles River is a direct tributary of the Mississippi.
Hillgrass Bluebilly (2010)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 23, 2010
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Old man riffer

Bluesman James "T-Model" Ford is a survivor, and has been for a very long time.
T-Model Ford turns 90 . . . or thereabouts
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 26, 2010
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Mystic muso

“America’s Pre-eminent Music Writer Dead at 52” was the headline on Robert Palmer’s obituary in Rolling Stone after his liver failed in 1997.
The erudition of Robert Palmer
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  November 06, 2009
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Open House

I put on the obligatory hard hat and walk through the doors of what used to be Avalon on Lansdowne Street, across from Fenway Park. To the layman — me — it's all dust, noise, metal, and mess.
After more than a year of construction and relative quiet, the Lansdowne Street music scene is about to be reborn
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 04, 2009
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Rhapsodies in blues

“There are a lot of people that play the blues with too much reverence. And that’s the reason that most blues sucks,” says Scissormen frontman (and Phoenix contributor) Ted Drozdowski.  
Scissormen razor sharp on Luck in a Hurry
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 15, 2008
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Basic elements

Boston was a world-music stronghold even before the “world music” genre existed.
The international and roots-music scene heats up
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 08, 2008


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Indie gets the blues

White rockers generally come by the blues one of two ways.

The Gossip, the Black Keys, and the Kills


By MATT ASHARE  |  April 23, 2008
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North Mississippi Allstars

This time they’ve hit on a more original strain blending the slimy supercharged guitar tones of stoner rock with old-school boogie and roll.
Hernando | Songs of the South
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 22, 2008
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Start with some Spice

The game is on for the reunited Spice Girls.
A recipe for a tuneful 2008
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 26, 2007
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Beyond the White Stripes

There’s a blues and old-school R&B resurgence rumbling in the indie-music underground, and it goes well beyond the icky thump of the White Stripes.
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant lead an Americana resurgence
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  October 30, 2007
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Cedric Burnside + Lightnin’ Malcolm

After a flirtation with hip-hop, R.L. Burnside’s drummer and grandson Cedric has returned to exciting, raw-boned blues.
Juke Joint Duo | Soul Is Cheap
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 29, 2007


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Laughter from space

A History of Violence was a tense mob movie, but that title could also serve a documentary about Buddy Guy’s guitar attack.
Buddy Guy’s royal blues
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  December 12, 2006
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Teo Leyasmeyer, 1947–2006

Teo Leyasmeyer, who died last Tuesday at the age of 59 from liver cancer, was a special kind of local hero.
In memoriam
By JON GARELICK  |  May 25, 2006
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Blues schooled

A charter member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bishop has just released his first disc since the murder of his daughter Selina in 2000.
Elvin Bishop gets his groove back
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  January 13, 2006