blues

When Marcia Ball sits down at the piano, the barrelhouse blues that jump out is enough to frighten any set of nearby keyboards. The 69-year-old has been playing Texas boogie and New Orleans blues for 50 years. Her latest album Shine Bright, available now, carries on the tune.

Despite being from San Antonio, Rick Barroso is steeped in the sounds of the Mississippi Delta. The electricity’s there—but you can hear the roots and soul of the music from his harmonica, and the almost folksy tinge to some of the arrangements.

In this episode of “Live At Jazz, TX,” you’ll hear his take on several Robert Johnson tunes, some original Texas blues, and a stomping version of “My Babe,” originally written by Willie Dixon for Little Walter.

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The soulful playing of Red Young on Hammond organ will sweep you up on this week’s “Live At Jazz, TX.” Young says the instrument reminds him of the human voice, with its high tremolo. (Give a listen about 16 minutes into the show to hear him explain it.)

Though he’s a master of jazz and blues, Young’s musical interests were piqued as a boy in Fort Worth.

Guitarist Devan Jones brings his swinging jump blues sound to Jazz, TX on this week’s program. Originally from Tennessee, Jones is now based out of Austin, and says he found the city to be a welcoming place for his style.

Adam Rodriguez

A fascinating gallery opening, an artful movie and Buddy Guy. There's a lot to do this weekend; this is just a snapshot. First off tonight--a photographer with a curiously titled exhibition.

"Miles per hour" Adam Rodriguez laughed. He and Jim Glasscock did something really unusual last year.

"He and I decided to ride our bikes from the Canadian Border in Montana, back to Rock Springs, where he's from."

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