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WALTER TROUT: TRUE BLUES SURVIVOR

One the blues’ most spectacular guitar men survives the biggest challenge of his life by doing what he does best. By Steve Houk You don’t have to go much past the title of blues powerhouse Walter Trout‘s 2015 record to see what kind of survivor he is. The superb Battle Scars is a glaring symbol of […]

CINDY BLACKMAN SANTANA’S RHYTHMIC JOURNEY

Keeping the beat solo or with legends, and even marrying one, is only one part of this very special lady’s rhythmic journey. By Steve Houk From the moment she arrived in this world, it was the tapping. The rhythm. The beat. There had to be some force of nature driving it, or given the intense […]

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD KEEPS LAYING IT ALL DOWN

By Steve Houk There is almost always a seminal moment in a musician’s life, that instant, that blink of an eye, where they hear something, or see someone play, and think, “Now THAT’S what I want to do for the rest of my born days.” It can happen when you’re 5, 15 or 50, but […]

SIMPLE TWIST OF FATE

Once a superstar at 20, Michelle Branch had to suffer hardship before a Black Key helped her rediscover happiness in a big way. By Steve Houk One never knows how life will go. And sometimes, it takes adversity and a little fate to get back to a light that once shined so brightly. Take singer/songwriter Michelle […]

LONG LOST SONG IGNITES A BOND

A song that sat unsung for decades sparks a unique and exciting collaboration. By Steve Houk It’s a really cool thing when something written long ago can be resurrected in the present day, and made to shine bigger and brighter than it ever did before. It can happen in film, literature, poetry…oh, and music. Take […]

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