Bob Margolin Reflects on Blues Lessons Learned from Muddy Waters

Categories: Blues

Courtesy of Bob Margolin
Steady Rollin', Muddy Waters-backing Bob Margolin

Claiming blues legend Muddy Waters as a teacher is something few musicians can do with a straight face. "Steady Rollin" Bob Margolin is one such musician. Already showing promise as an upstart blues musician following a short-lived foray into the psychedelic rock world with Boston's Freeborne (the band's lone album now fetches big bucks), Margolin was lucky enough to have Waters draw him under his wing in 1973. Margolin calls it a "crossroads" moment in his career.

"I was completely aware of the significance as it was happening," Margolin explains via email. "I knew I had to do it if I could, that I had a lot to learn, and I had to prove myself to keep the job and go farther with it. Muddy knew that too, and he gave me a chance. I owe him forever."

The ensuing seven years provided Margolin the tools to sustain a lengthy music career. Leaving Waters in 1980, Margolin became a staple on the east coast blues circuit before succumbing to the realities of needing to make albums to "get back out on the world's blues scene." Margolin, now a blues master in his own right, has been racking up awards and accolades ever since.

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5 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Weekend

Categories: This Weekend

Jimi Giannatti
Chicha Dust is playing as part of Clandestino! party at Crescent Ballroom.

Hope your Thanksgiving was full of all sorts of delicious. Burn it off by dancing at one of these concerts, and check out our comprehensive concert calendar for more options.

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Thanksgiving with a Fan-ilow of the Manilow

Categories: Holiday

Album cover
Barry Manilow divides; the Who unites.

The holidays are fast approaching, which means while you're baking a ham, mashing potatoes, and putting those crispy onions on the green bean casserole, your mother is drunk on egg nog, and your father is going out of his way to push your buttons.

My dad and I don't generally get on each others nerves, despite our differences. Our political views are vastly different. The best Bond film is still From Russia With Love, despite his best efforts to sway me that the Roger Moore years are the golden age. I can ignore his quips about Rush Limbaugh and Live and Let Die, but it's when he starts an argument about my musical taste that I become outraged.

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Web Radio Station's Future Uncertain After Manager Allegedly Posts Racist Ferguson Rant

Categories: Local Wire

Benjamin Leatherman
Pennie Layne (left) and Jason Harris (a.k.a. Dr. Jay) of local Internet radio station 101 The Feed broadcast at ThirdSpace during the Grand Avenue Festival.

A fledgling online radio station that launched in early August with a focus on local music is losing support quickly after its general manager and registrar of the station's website, allegedly posted a racism-laced rant on Facebook in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

After New Times contributor Jeff Moses took a screenshot of the status and shared it, Jason P. Harris, general manager of 101 The Feed, Serving Your Local Addiction, at first defended his right to free speech. He later said someone digitally manipulated his words in an attempt to bring down his radio station.

After New Times contacted Harris for comment, the station released a statement distancing itself from the post.

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The 10 Most Mexican Morrissey/Smiths Songs of All Time

Categories: Lists

Andrew Youssef
Morrisey at his finest

By Gustavo Arellano

The question continues to get asked: Why do Mexicans like Morrissey so much? The short answer is the music: as I wrote in 2002, "For all the machismo and virulent existentialism that Mexican music espouses, there is another side -- a morbid fascination with getting your heart and dreams broken by others, usually in death." In other words, Morrissey -- and behold 10 proofs for my conclusion: the most Mexican Morrissey/Smiths songs of them all.

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Pallbearer's Prog-Doom Metal Comes from Strange Places (Like Kansas)

Categories: Metal!

Diana Lee Zadlo
Pallbearer loves Kansas. What's next -- does Taylor Swift like Queensr├┐che?

Being the torchbearer of the modern American doom metal movement can be a tough job, especially when you list Kansas as one of your favorite bands. But it makes sense, according to Pallbearer bass player and vocalist Joseph D. Rowland, who says the band's progressive tendencies are just as important as its metal roots.

"I think we are just as much a prog-rock band as we are doom metal," says Rowland from the band's recently repaired van as he drives it from Lexington, Kentucky, to the band's home base in Little Rock, Arkansas. "We're huge fans of King Crimson, Yes, Kansas . . . bands that pushed the envelope. We like telling a story through the music as well as the lyrics."

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Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons Still Looking for Big Break

Categories: Interview

Jennifer Murdock
Jerry Joseph is looking for a contract to sign.

Jerry Joseph, songwriter/guitarist/bandleader with the Jackmormons, is an artist who's consistently fallen just shy of major success.

His various bands -- Little Women and Stockholm Syndrome (a supergroup including percussionist Wally Ingram and members of Widespread Panic) -- have flirted with stardom, but the door opened only wide enough for Joseph to get a foot inside. Respected (and covered) by his peers, he forges on, making gritty yet soulful music as only he can. This, he considers, is a positive and a negative.

"I have people who come up to me and say, 'We love you so much. You've never sold out.' That's because no one ever asked. Tell me where to sign, man," Joseph says with a laugh from his Portland home. "I have the same ego as every crazed lead singer has. I waffle between that stuff every 20 minutes. I'm grateful I've got a job, but at the same time, it would be awesome to tour before 2,000 people every night."

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25 Best Ravers and Ragers From Global Dance Festival

Categories: EDM

Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
An estimated crowd of more than 7,000 people came to the Global Dance Festival at Tempe Beach Park this past weekend, most of whom were dressed both warmly and colorfully for the outdoor electronic music massive -- including hordes of attendees in outrageous and over-the-top costumes. Others went with skimpier attire, cold weather be damned.

But no matter what they were (or weren't) wearing, everyone in attendance at the festival was in the mood to go wild and get down to EDM served up by the likes of Steve Aoki, Adventure Club, Crizzly, and Morgan Page, which probably helped everyone stay warm.

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16 Best Thanksgiving Weekend Parties in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Party Crasher

Benjamin Leatherman
Thanksgiving revelers in Scottsdale in 2013.
A word to the wise: better warn your kith and kin that you might be a little "out of sorts" or "under the weather" at whatever family gathering on Thanksgiving Day...or possibly the entirety of this weekend. It's said that the day before T-Day is one of the biggest drinking days of the entire year, which means you'll probably be tilting a few back starting tomorrow night. And there will be plenty of bars and clubs having parties in honor of the occasion.

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10 Most Influential Punk Records of Arizona: #9 - Killer Pussy, Teenage Enema Nurses In Bondage

Categories: Punk


In late October, we introduced The 10 Most Influential Punk Records of Arizona. Over the next few weeks, we will reveal how we've ranked each record, and we will take an in-depth look at the people and circumstance behind each album's creation.

When I was a young'un, we would often say, "I'm in rag doll city" when we were hungry. This was short for "I'm so hungry I could eat the crotch out of a rag doll through a park bench."

That sort of rolls off the tongue the same way Teenage Enema Nurses in Bondage does, right? The legendarily named first seven-inch EP (33 rpm, no less, and not a 45 rpm) from Killer Pussy is easily one of the 10 most influential Arizona punk rock records and it rolls in at number nine on my list.

Though some might say the 1982 album is not very punk rock. I disagree. This slab of vinyl oozes punk attitude, right down to the cover photo of lead vocalist Lucy LaMode, in what probably was one of the original sexy enema nurse outfits and looking as though she put the "b" in terminal boredom.

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