WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

I gotta right to sing the Blues ♪🏒🥅🏆

If you’re a typical American, you probably didn’t notice that the St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup last Wednesday night. They beat the Boston Bruins, one of the original … Continue reading

June 16, 2019 · 10 Comments

Sufferin’ with the Blues

I just looked up an noticed in the NHL playoff bracket that my hometown team, the St. Louis Blues, didn’t make the cut this year. I stopped following them way … Continue reading

April 13, 2018 · 13 Comments

A-how-how-how-how

When you listen to what the Rev. Billy Gibbons was up to way back in 1973, you wonder why anyone ever took up the guitar again. I mean, it don’t … Continue reading

December 9, 2017 · 6 Comments

The song and the fury

As rotten as Friday felt, as low as my spirits fell listening to that pompous ape talk about “American carnage,” as hopeless as the next four years seemed as the … Continue reading

January 22, 2017 · 13 Comments

Granny plays the blues

This lady from Belarus plays the blues with a light bulb. If she screwed that bulb into a light socket she might not have the blues anymore, but that flies … Continue reading

October 31, 2015 · 5 Comments

A sweet eulogy of B. B. King by Eric Clapton

  Who better to say farewell to the last of the Three Kings Of The Blues? (Albert, Freddie, and B.B.) King is one of those performers, like Pete Seeger, who … Continue reading

May 15, 2015 · 4 Comments

A wretched, spiteful, straight razor totin’ woman

I remember loving this song when I was a kid, but I could have sworn a black man did it, even if his name was White. The swampy growl in … Continue reading

April 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Amsterdam blues

You know, kind of like independent publishers, street musicians can be some of the most talented players you’ll find. In almost any big city in the world — and plenty … Continue reading

March 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

Moving violations

Poking my nose just above the water to say, Whoa, I’d forgotten how stressful it is to move! We’ve had a hell of a 2015 so far: buying a new … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · 16 Comments

Willie Dixon is n-n-n-nervous

What a line-up, featuring Willie Dixon, Memphis Slim, T-Bone Walker, and Jump Jackson. You can imagine Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey hearing this in ’62 and saying, “Oi, mate. What … Continue reading

February 21, 2015 · 3 Comments