Music from the US – The Blues Brothers

John Adam Belushi (born January 24, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois, † March 5, 1982 in West Hollywood) was an American singer and film actor and the brother of the blues musician and actor James Belushi.

yesterday was his 65 birthday , Happy Birthday

Together with Dan Akroyd and the band he was the main actor in the John Landis film “Blues Brothers” from 1980.  many celebrities could be seen in guest appearances, including Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker, Chaka Khan, Carrie Fisher, Frank Oz, Twiggy, Steven Spielberg, Joe Walsh, John Candy and Charles Napier.

Here is their song “Rawhide ” and “Everybody needs somebody ” both clips from the movie

 

Music from Australia – Owen Campbell

Owen Campbell had been playing the guitar since he was in the age of nine. He became popular in the australian reality TV show ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ in 2012. Listen to his song “Sunshine Road”:

Music from the UK – Aynsley Lister

Aynsley Lister (born 14 November 1976 in Leicester) is a British singer and Rock-/Blues-Gitarrist.

Aynsley Lister was born in Leicester and grew there up. At eight, he began to play the guitar and  at thirteen he had already made ​​his first appearance. The following time he used to improve his guitar playing. His professional career as a musician began at the age of twenty-two years. As a singer and guitarist, he recorded several albums, serving or covering genres from blues to blues rock and rock and pop.

Here is his song “Need her so bad”

Music from the US – Soggy Bottom Boys / Dick Burnett / Emry Arthur

Man of Constant Sorrow” (also known as “I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow“) is a traditional American folk song first recorded by Dick Burnett, a partially blind fiddler from Kentucky. The song was originally recorded by Burnett as “Farewell Song” printed in a Richard Burnett songbook, circa 1913. An early version was recorded by Emry Arthur in 1928 (Vocalion Vo 5208). Public interest in the song was renewed after the release of the 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, as it plays a central role in the film’s plot.

by Emry Arthur

and a very good cover by the Gormans

Music from the US – Junior Wells

Junior Wells (December 9, 1934 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, † 15 January 1998 in Chicago, Illinois), actually Amos Blackmore, was an American blues musician. His instrument was the harmonica. He played with Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Lonnie Brooks and the Rolling Stones.

Here is his song Hoodoman Blues

Music from the US – Screamin Jay Hawkins

Jalacy Hawkins, better known as Screamin ‘Jay Hawkins (born 18 July 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, † 12 February 2000 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France) was an American blues singer, who is known  for his unusual performances and songs like I Put a Spell on You and Constipation Blues .

First he wanted to be a opera singer, but when he failed he started his career as a blues singer and piano player. Hawkins was an excellent Boxer , in 1949 he was the middleweight chapion from Alaska.

On 12th of February  Hawkins died in  2000 and left a large number of children who came from many different women. About 55 children are known, some sources report up to 75 children.

Here is his song “I put a spell on you “

 

Music from the US – Junior Kimbrough

Junior Kimbrough (actually, David Kimbrough, born 28 July 1930 in Hudsonville, Mississippi, † January 17, 1998 in Holly Springs, Mississippi) was an American blues musician.

The band, The Black Keys, whose members Kimbrough name as one of their main influences, published in his honor in 2006, the EP Chulahoma, exclusively  the covers of Kimbrough’s songs are included.

Music from the US – Blakroc

Blakroc is a rap rock collaboration album by Ohio-based blues rock band The Black Keys and several hip hop and R&B artists. The project has been overseen by Damon Dash, co-founder and formerly owner of a share in Roc-A-Fella Records. The album was recorded at Studio G by co-producer Joel Hamilton. Album guests include Raekwon, RZA and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard of the Wu-Tang Clan, Jim Jones and NOE of ByrdGang, Mos Def, singerNicole Wray, Pharoahe Monch, Ludacris, Billy Danze of M.O.P., and Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest. (source wikipedia) 

What you do to me ( Billy Danze of M.O.P., Jim Jones, & Nicole Wray)

Ain´t nothing like you (Mos Def & Jim Jones)

http://youtu.be/GwAAkrrNFz4

Music from the US – Shemekia Copeland

Charon Shemekia Copeland (born April 10, 1979 in Harlem, New York City) is an American blues singer in the tradition of Koko Taylor and Etta James. She is the daughter of blues guitarist Johnny “Clyde” Copeland.