The Blues Is A Healer

Cover of "Healer"
Cover of Healer

John Lee Hooker once sang about the blues,  “It’s in him, and it got to come out”.

I don’t think it’s ever come out better than when John Lee Hooker collaborated with Carlos Santana on the song, “The Healer“.

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We give thanks to Mr. John Lee Hooker and Carlos Santana on this Thanksgiving 🙂

Carlos Santana is My Favorite Guitarist

There are many great guitarists we encounter in this life.  A question posed to me recently was, “Who’s your favorite guitarist of all time? And where does Eric Clapton fall on the list?”

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My response is that Carlos Santana is my favorite guitarist of all time. When I hear the notes from Carlos’s finger’s as he plays his Paul Reed Smith guitar I become happily transfixed. Carlos Santana invokes a spirituality that communicates, then transfers the healing power of music.

Musicians are the angel’s messengers and like a shaman they have the mission to cure people who are sick. We each receive a gift in this life that we are allowed to share with others. The gift that Carlos Santana shares with us is his energy and light. He expresses himself to the world through his instrument the guitar in recorded and live form.

I have seen Carlos Santana perform 20 times live in concert. Why see one guitarist play live that many times you might ask? Well it has everything to do with how his artistry and how healing I find the experience to be. It is often said that music solves what ails us. Life poses us many challenges and problems. For me, there is nothing like a Santana concert to remove the blues.

Speaking of the blues that’s where Eric Clapton comes into sharp focus. Eric Clapton has been a blues journeyman much of his life. He is a leading acolyte of the blues tradition. If I had to put together a short list of guitarists in rank order, it would be 1) Carlos Santana(20), 2) B.B. King (9), 3) Jeff Beck (3) and 4) Eric Clapton (4). I have been fortunate to see all of these guitarists live in concert on many occasions as denoted ().  I rank Eric Clapton fourth on my list because that’s where he is situated in the music of my heart. I hear B.B. King and Jeff Beck ahead of him because that is how their guitar playing reaches me inside. It’s the nature of the strings and how they are strummed that makes us all one!

Second of Two, Santana/Allman Bros. Band Concerts Tonight!

We’re getting down to the sound of Santana and The Allman Bros. Band tonight at the Comcast Theatre in Hartford, Ct.

Can you say jazz/blues jam? We knew that they could ‘)

Bill Ortiz – Highest Wish

Our good friend Bill Ortiz just announced his latest full-release CD, Highest Wish is available for pre-order. If you act now you can get a limited edition signed copy by Bill Ortiz for $15. Pre-orders will be shipping on or about August 15th.

There is also a digital album pre-order option for $9.99. Pre-order of Highest Wish including immediate download of 1 track in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or other formats. A link to the complete album will be emailed to you the moment it’s released. You can pre-order this option here.

Visit the Buy/Share Link on Bill’s Highest Wish page here. You can also get an advanced preview of Highest Wish feat. Zumbi of Zion I (Phoenix Black Remix) on that page. It’s tight, check it out.

Or if you’d like click on Bill’ s widget on the right hand side of this blog 😉

Highest Wish officially drops on September 4th.

Highest Wish cover art

I will be writing a review about Highest Wish for Bill on this blog soon.  My wife and I look forward to catching up with Mr. Ortiz at the Santana East Coast shows with the Allman Brothers Band coming up later this month.

Bill Ortiz is the first artist I did an extensive interview for on this music blog in 2009. It was conducted as a companion piece for his first recording, From Where I StandWe have been collaborating ever since.

I covered Bill Ortiz’s EP release Winter In America earlier this year. Highest Wish expands greatly upon Winter in America. 

So stay tuned more to follow about Bill Ortiz and Highest Wish.

Santana Shape Shifter Radio Interviews

Santana released Shape Shifter on Tuesday May 15.  It has been warmly received by fans and the media alike.

There are a couple of radio interviews that Carlos Santana has done in conjunction with Shape Shifter that are very insightful and informative that you will want to hear.

The first radio interview took place with Native America Calling on April 26, 2012.  The download of that show, “A Tribute To Tribal Nations” can be heard here: http://www.nativeamericacalling.com/ram/2012/apr/042612.m3u

Native America Calling is a live call-in program linking public radio stations, the Internet and listeners together in a thought-provoking national conversation about issues specific to Native communities. Each program engages noted guests and experts with callers throughout the United States and is designed to improve the quality of life for Native Americans. Native America Calling is heard on 52 stations in the United States and in Canada by approximately 500,000 listeners each week.

The second Santana Shape Shifter radio interview took place on Wednesday May 16, 2012 on Rockline.

You can replay the Rockline Show here: http://www.rocklineradio.com/replay/replay.php

Enjoy and Viva Santana!