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Showing posts with label Freddie King. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Freddie King. Show all posts

Friday, July 21, 2017

Check Out Benny Turner's Book & Enter To Win Autographed Copy

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After more than 60 years performing gospel, R&B, soul and blues everywhere from the Chitlin Circuit to the Apollo Theatre to the far reaches of the globe, Benny Turner shares his captivating life story in his new biography, Survivor: The Benny Turner Story. Available in hardcover and eBook versions beginning July 8, 2017.

An oral history as told to Bill Dahl, Benny talks about his early years in Gilmer, TX, the family’s move to Chicago in 1950 and the ultimate birth of his career in the gospel, R&B and blues genres. Surviving extreme poverty in rural East Texas followed by the shocking transition to urban life in Chicago and the untimely death of his big brother, bandmate and best friend Freddie King, are only a portion of the obstacles Benny has survived.

Early acclaim for the book has been high, both from within the music industry and beyond, earning multiple 5-star reviews from Readers Favorite book reviews.

"Freddie King fans will definitely want to check this book out, but Turner's story stands on its own as a testament to resilience and survival."
Tom Cullen, Blues Music Magazine

" feels like Benny Turner is sitting with you as a friend at the kitchen table, sharing his history."  Jamie Michele, Readers' Favorite

SURVIVOR - The Benny Turner Story
Survivor - The Benny Turner Story

Book Signing Dates

Available In Hard Copy & Ebook

Barnes & Noble
Benny's Website

Benny's Interview On RMU Radio


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Hal Leonard Corporation : Play Like Freddie King - New Release Review - Instructional Book

I just had the opportunity to review the a really nice instructional book from Hal Leonard Corporation, Play Like Freddie King, The Ultimate Guitar Lesson. Dave Rubin has really done it this time with a super book demonstrating the style of Freddie King. The book takes five basic King tunes, Going Down, I'm Tore Down, Remington Ride, San Jose and The Stumble and explains in great detail how to capture the spirit and articulation of King. On each of these tracks, Rubins explains the basis for the track, Kings approach and style, and then explains specifically how to articulate the ideas with detailed fingering techniques to achieve the sound. A complete tab of the track showing vocal line, guitar line as written and tab. Breaking each track down into sections makes it easy to understand and replicate. Building on this basis, the book in conjunction with the digital tracks, then shows how to build on these basics with essential King riffs, and even Signature riffs for Hideaway, Butterscotch, Sen-Sa-Shun, Side Tracked, Just Pickin', In The Open, Funnybone, The Sad Night Owl, Palace Of The King, Have You Ever Loved A Woman and Pack It Up. Also included is a super section on Integral techniques suggesting when bending techniques, directional picking, pull down bends and suggested fingering. With a section on influences and another, references to must see videos and CDs, this is the full package. I've been a Freddie King fan for a long time and this book is really helpful to getting where you're going.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

New Release from Hal Leonard: Play Like Freddie King

Play Like Freddie King 
with New Hal Leonard Publication 

Play Like Freddie King

by Dave Rubin

$19.99 (US)

Inventory #HL00122432

ISBN: 9781480355699  

UPC: 884088952501  

9" x 12", 120 pages 

Now Available!  

See & Hear Online!

June 28, 2016
Milwaukee, WI

With the brand new release from Hal Leonard Play Like Freddie King, guitarists can study the trademark songs, licks, tones, and techniques of the blues guitar royal. This comprehensive book and audio teaching method provides detailed analysis of King's gear, tone, techniques, styles, songs, licks, riffs, and much more. Guitarists will learn everything they need to know about Freddie's legendary playing, from his early '60s guitar instrumental hits to his '70s blues-funk excursions and beyond.

The book includes access to audio tracks online, for download or streaming, using the unique code inside the book. Including PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch set loop points, change keys, pan left or right.

Songs include: Funnybone * Going Down * I'm Tore Down * Pack It Up * Remington Ride * San-Ho-Zay * Side Tracked * The Stumble * and more.
Play Like Freddie King is available from music and bookstores or by visiting

About Hal Leonard
Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard Corporation is the world's largest music print educational publisher and digital content provider, producing educational materials, songbooks, sheet music, reference books, DVDs, magazines, eBooks, digital sheet music, apps and more. The company is also a major distributor of music technology products, selling and marketing the most popular software, hard goods and accessories available today, to musicians and recording enthusiasts around the world. In its more than 200,000 available publications and products, Hal Leonard represents many of the world's best known and most respected publishers, artists, songwriters, arrangers and manufacturers. The company is headquartered in Milwaukee, WI and also has domestic offices in Winona, MN; New Jersey and Boston, and offices abroad in Australia, Belgium, China, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Document Records release - Blues, Blues Christmas Volume 4 1925 ~1962 - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Blues, Blues Christmas Volume 4 1925~1962 from Document Records and it covers a lot of area. Opening disc one is Charles Brown's R&B classic, Please Come Home For Christmas. Roy Milton And His Solid Senders put up a bluesy, Christmas Time Blues and The Drifters a swinging R&B cover of White Christmas. One of my favorites is Arthur Guitar Boogie Smith's Sensational Trio on Guitar Jingle Bells. Classic blues from Peetie Wheatstraw is as solid as it gets on Santa Claus Blues. Clarence Williams' Blue Five covers the same track but in 40's swing/big band style. Bob Wills does an easy country swing, Santa Is On His Way. With a Latin twist big band Sam Manning with the Melodettes dances into Looking For Me Santa Claus. The Qualities do an unusual arrangement of It's Christmas Time and Freddie King lays down some hot riffs on I Hear Jingle Bells. Champion Jack DuPree is hot on the keys and great vocal delivery on Santa Claus Blues, another of my favorites. The Cadillacs have a rocking arrangement on Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer with a hot sax solo and the Marquees do a 50's trip, Santa Done Got Hip. Bobby and Boobie do a quick rocker, Cool Cool Xmas with a swinging guitar solo and Chuck Blevins does straight up rock n roller Sleighbell Rock. The Enchanters have a definite island feel with Mambo Santa Mambo and Bill Lacey with Lil Armstrong and her Ebony-Aires do Cowboy Santa Claus with an authentic cowboy feel. The Mighty Spoiler does Father Christmas, another track with an island feel. Jackson Trio with the Ebonaires are as simple 50's as it gets with solid male vocals and piano driver and the first disc closes with Billy Ward and His Dominoes and a heartfelt R&B Christmas in Heaven. Little T-Bone opens disc 2 with a hot guitar solo T-Bone Walker style on Christmas Time. His vocals are hot and the overall pace superb making this another of my favorites on the release. Nathaniel Mayer does a twisting Mr Santa Claus and Marvin & Johnny harmonize on R&B track, It's Christmas. Prairie Ramblers really set up terrific harmonies, cowboy style on Cowboy Santa Claus and Kathy and Jimmy Zee put up an early 60's style rockin Santa Clause Rock And Roll. Nap Hepburn & March of Dimes set a terrific island feel on Tell Santa Claus backed by a full orchestra and Johnny Moore's Blazers with Frankie Ervin do a real nice Christmas Eve Baby in solid electric blues style. Dixon Brothers use rural country vocal harmonies and simple acoustic backing on A Mother, A Father, A Baby and Gribble, Lusk York do a real folk jig with banjo and fiddle on Christmas Eve. The Dixon Brothers are back with another nice rural country vocal, Answer To Maple On The Hill - Part 4. The Golden Gate Quartet present a traditional arrangement of Silent Night acapella, certainly one of the more rich and somber tracks on the release. The Victory Five do a terrific acapella spiritual Children Go Where I Send Thee followed by the Middle Georgia Four on Twenty-Fifth Day Of December. Very rich! The Ward Singers are all out spiritual with piano on Sweet Little Angel Boy followed by Angelic Gospel Singers on A Child Is Born in uplifting style. The Ward Singers return with Glory Glory To The King continuing for one last spiritual followed by R&B The Falcons and Orchestra on Can This Be Christmas. This track drips 50's with a wealth of backing vocals followed by a calypso Lord Executor with Gerald Clark and His Caribbean Serenaders on Christmas Is A Joyful Day, a really cool track. The Qualities return one last time on Happy New Year To You, a simple track with paired male and female vocals and wrapping the release is R&B track After New Years Eve by The Heartbeats. This is an interesting mix of holiday tracks with a splash of music from many decades. Check it out!

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