R.L. Burnside

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The Black Keys | Brothers

Once just another guitar/drums garage-blues duo, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have moved beyond the garage and the blues and are now making quintessentially American music that’s knee-deep in funky R&B.
Nonesuch (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  June 04, 2010

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

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

Taking care of business

Boston is one of the healthiest markets for live roots music in the country. Here are the 10 roots shows we don't want to miss this fall.
Digging for gold in the roots and world-music scene
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 18, 2009

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

Deadboy and the Elephantmen

If a co-ed blues-punk duo make a sound and no one hears it, will they still elicit comparisons with the White Stripes and the Fiery Furnaces? Yes. Deadboy and the Elephantmen, "Stop, I'm Already Dead" (mp3) Deadboy and the Elephantmen, "Evil Friend
We Are Night Sky | Fat Possum
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 11, 2006