It's a party. Billed as a "Blues Supergroup," the self-titled Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue debut (Electro-Fi Records) is a stone-cold "Wang Dang Doodle" of epic proportions (although they don't cover that 1961 Howlin' Wolf hit, they just epitomize it) Come to think of it, they should have. Just put this sucker on the box and let her rip over and over again.
It's easy to commodify music in this day and age but how about an entire American tradition? In Mississippi, the completion of its Blues Trail is hoping to stimulate tourism in the poorest state in the union. But, for a little juke joint, The Blue Front Café, tourism isn't anything to get down about.
Be it the Bang on a Can All-Stars or Pink Floyd or even Howlin' Wolf, multi-talented cellist Maya Beiser is not only transforming the way classical music is heard, she's also changing how it's being interpreted. Curious about Beiser's latest cello experiences, we chatted with her via email. Here, just a few days before her gig at (Le) Poisson Rouge, are Beiser's explanations on making a love child with classic rock and classical cello. She calls it 'Uncovered' (Innova Records).