Chess Records and its founders, Leonard and Phil Chess, played a bigger part than any other record label in making the blues a worldwide phenomenon.
Some songwriters have a greater ability to pluck classic songs from the ether than others, so what sets the great ones apart from the rest?
If you’re a key member of a successful band, the solo bug will bite. Here we salute some of the most notable artists who found life after the band.
Film musicals, a true American art form, have celebrated freedom in the cinema, self-expression and the pursuit of dreams down life’s yellow brick road.
Founded in 1939 by Alfred Lion, Blue Note is loved, respected and revered as one of the most important record labels in the history of music.
Artists have always tried to go one better than Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, the song that arguably defines the holiday season like no other.
Family bands have provided some of the greatest popular music of the past 100 years. As Sister Sledge once sang: “We are family. Get up everybody and sing.”
It wasn’t easy for musicians to be openly feminist – or, indeed, to be openly women. But right from the start, they’ve been there...
A song doesn’t have to have a message in order to change society. Race relations, gender equality and identity politics have all been shaped by music.
Heavy metal and horror have co-existed with one another since metal's inception. One could say that metal has been macabre since its very first notes.
The subject of evil will remain one of interest to songwriters, no matter how controversial & unsettling. The Devil does indeed get some of the best songs.
During the phenomenally eventful years of 1965-67, the studio changed for musicians & producers from being a place of work to becoming a creative hub.
Despite the claims of many in a streaming world, the album isn’t dead. Taylor Swift and Sam Smith are just a few artists keeping it alive.
Highway 61 runs for 1,400 miles between New Orleans and Wyoming, but for our purposes, we'll concentrate on the section dubbed “The Highway Of The Blues”, the area that is the Mississippi Delta.
Every year, critics and so-called experts ask: is rock music dead? Not with a new breed of young talents aiming for legendary status.