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Of course, the dominant news of the day is the passing of B.B. King, and my Facebook feed is filled with people from all different genres of music weighing in on the passing of this legend. King's death comes just days after the death of a much lesser known Blues singer named Captain Luke Mayer at the age of 87 and serves as a reminder that we are losing/have lost so many of the greats of the modern music era. I do not see a need to compare and contrast the lives and careers of B.B. King and Captain Luke (at least not here and now), just to say how grateful I am that the music will endure. Which means I am grateful for all the groups and people who are making sure that the music lives on. And for me that means, the preservationists and historians and traditionalists as well as those who are continuing to innovate to keep all forms of Roots music (no matter how broadly that term is defined) a living breathing thing.
R.I.P. B.B. King and Captain Luke. Thank you for the gifts of your music.
"Spilled Years" by Darrin Bradbury
"We will never be that dumb and young again..." Nola - Darrin and Megan Palmer are in your city as I type this. Make them feel at home!
"Monster Inside" by Broken Guru
A favorite of mine from Bent up Halo.
"Grounds for Divorce" by Elbow
From their 2008 album The Seldom Seen Kid.
"Leavin' Sound" by The Ghoul Goes West
The next to the last song we have to present from Ghosts and Bones and Blood and Things. Please check out this band and give them some support. They are great.
"Gnab Gib" by Grumsling
Grumsling are a San Francisco area band that I really just got a hold of... they have a fascinating story that I will expound upon as more songs enter the shuffle. In the meantime, just a listen. The is for the EP Full Coverage.
"Hard Day Coming Down" by The Record Company
Some great bluesy music from this California band.
"The Visit" by Richard Barone
Another track from Cool Blue Halo....
"Keep Your Promises" by Sean Watkins
All I Do is Lie is the album..
"Sally, I've Been Shot" by Two Cow Garage
The Columbus Ohio band currently counts among its members Todd Farrell Jr. This is from their Sweet Saint Me album.