1. Katie Melua is a UK Pop Star, by Way of Georgia and Northern Ireland

    Katie Melua is a UK Pop Star, by Way of Georgia and Northern Ireland

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    Katie Melua is a Georgian singer who was born in 1984. Her family moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland when she was eight years old and to London six years later. She will celebrate her 30th birthday later this month.

    Melua studied at the B.R.I.T. School for the Performing Arts…

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  2. The Deeply Influential Captain Beefheart

    The Deeply Influential Captain Beefheart

    [column size=one_half position=first ]cb5Captain Beefheart’s real name was Don Van Vliet. He led a life that makes a chronological profile a great deal of fun to read. The sense is that behind the odd names and difficult music — you don’t hum Captain Beefheart tunes — was a brilliant artist.

    He was born in 1941 and grew up in California, had strong artistic tendencies and was an avid — even…

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  3. Homemade Jamz Blues Band are More Than Kids Who Use Mufflers for Guitars

    Homemade Jamz Blues Band are More Than Kids Who Use Mufflers for Guitars

    The Homemade Jamz Blues Band, from Tupelo, Mississippi, consists of three Perry siblings: Lead guitarist Ryan, bass player Kyle and drummer Taya.

    There are three interesting things about the group. The first is their youth. When they signed with NorthernBlues Music, a Canadian label, Ryan was 16, Kyle was 13 and Taya was 9. A…

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  4. Have You Met Lydia?

    Have You Met Lydia?

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    A couple of days after the death of Robin Williams, I watched “The Fisher King,”an early and very good movie directed by Terry Gilliam that starred Williams and Jeff Bridges. In one of the best scenes in the film, Williams — who plays a unbalanced street person — gets a date…

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  5. New Music: Morning Sun & The Essentials

    New Music: Morning Sun & The Essentials

    The song about is “Canopy.”

    This is from the band’s Facebook page:

    Singers Phil Grajko and Michel Aubertin met in an NYC studio in the summer of 2010. Within ten minutes, they were jamming out to a duet of Bob Marley’s “Stir It Up.” Within a week, they were laying the groundwork for what would become their debut EP Love Agenda, and…

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  6. TDMB Top Picks from March 2012

    TDMB Top Picks from March 2012

    picksCable television executives have a rule of thumb that has served them well: Expect 80 percent of revenue to come from 20 percent of pay-per-view and video-on-demand content. The takeaway is that even good content has a short shelf life.

    I was thinking about that rule as the number of posts at TDMB crossed the 800 mark. My fear is that some of great songs that were posted earlier in the life of…

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  7. Marty Stuart Sees the Big Picture

    Marty Stuart Sees the Big Picture

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    A musician has to understand far more than how to play the notes. This interesting quote from Marty Stuart shows that he sees the big picture:

    “I’ve always thought that country music had a really unique relationship with gospel music,” Stuart says. “It is interesting to me…

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  8. Happy 63rd Birthday, Joe Strummer

    Happy 63rd Birthday, Joe Strummer

    Joe Strummer, the lyricist, rhythm guitarist and singer for The Clash, was born on this day in 1952, according to This Day in Music.

    Here is the start of his profile at Biography:

    As frontman and main songwriter of the Clash, Joe Strummer created some of the fieriest, most vital punk rock — and, indeed, rock & roll — of all time.…

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  9. Podcast: Why Was Louis Armstrong the Great Louis Armstrong?

    Podcast: Why Was Louis Armstrong the Great Louis Armstrong?

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    We all know–and most of us love — the jolly, overweight trumpeter with the huge smile, gravelly voice and out-sized personality.

    It is assumed in popular culture that Louis Armstrongwas a genius. Indeed, the experts are even more certain of it than the rest of us. But, for non-experts, an interesting question arises:…

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  10. Tops on This Day in 1988: “Roll With It”

    Tops on This Day in 1988: “Roll With It”

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    The invaluable site bobbobst.com tells us that the top song on this day in 1998 was Steve Winwoods “Roll With It.”

    Here is more on Winwood, who rose to fame with the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith:

    Winwood burst into prominence in 1963 with the Spencer Davis…

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