That time Donald “Duck” Dunn told me that Eric Clapton was the best all-around guitarist he ever worked with

By Steve Newton Bass players don't get much more special than Donald "Duck" Dunn. As a session musician for Stax Records, Dunn brought the bottom end on scores of legendary tracks, including gems like Otis Redding's "Respect", Sam & Dave's "Hold On, I'm Comin'", and Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign". He was also the bassist … Continue reading That time Donald “Duck” Dunn told me that Eric Clapton was the best all-around guitarist he ever worked with

Guitar great Steve Cropper helps helm Joe Louis Walker’s Great Guitars

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 20, 1997 Any bozo can pick up a guitar and trace out a simple pentatonic blues scale. I should know, I’ve been tracing out blues scales like a bozo for years. But while the most basic techniques of blues guitar are accessible to the beginner, it’s not nearly … Continue reading Guitar great Steve Cropper helps helm Joe Louis Walker’s Great Guitars

Essentially John Mayall sees the British bluesman with a cavalcade of guitar heroes

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, DEC. 13, 2006 By Steve Newton The lineup of guitar slingers on this five-CD package is enough to make any blues-rock devotee start foaming at the mouth: Peter Green, Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Mick Taylor, Billy Gibbons, Otis Rush, Steve Miller, Walter Trout, Jeff Healey, Steve Cropper, and Jonny Lang. Such … Continue reading Essentially John Mayall sees the British bluesman with a cavalcade of guitar heroes

Bob Dylan Blu-ray smokes with Johnny Winter, Neil Young & Tom Petty

By Steve Newton Back in October of '92 a mindblowing array of the world's top recording artists performed at New York's Madison Square Garden for Bob Dylan's 30th anniversary concert celebration, and this Tuesday (March 4) a deluxe edition of the concert is being released on CD, DVD and Blu-ray. I watched the Blu-ray this … Continue reading Bob Dylan Blu-ray smokes with Johnny Winter, Neil Young & Tom Petty

Booker T. Jones gives in to his urge to rock

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JUNE 17, 2009 By Steve Newton In the music business, having the right manager is huge, as Hammond B3 legend Booker T. Jones recently learned. Before recording his latest album, Potato Hole, Jones found a new manager in Dave Bartlett, who hooked him up with the Drive-By Truckers, the raggedy southern-rock outfit … Continue reading Booker T. Jones gives in to his urge to rock

Bass-guitar legend Donald “Duck” Dunn dies in his sleep after a gig in Tokyo

Sad news for fans of blues, soul, and R&B music. Bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, whose bottom end fuelled such classic tracks as Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign" and Otis Redding's "Respect", passed away in his sleep early this morning after a gig at the Blue Note nightclub in Tokyo. He was 70 years … Continue reading Bass-guitar legend Donald “Duck” Dunn dies in his sleep after a gig in Tokyo

Ear of Newt: my first and last interview with bass-guitar legend Donald “Duck” Dunn

  When they say "Duck" Dunn is smokin' on bass, they aren't jokin' around.   ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 13, 2012 By Steve Newton American bass-guitar legend Donald "Duck" Dunn passed away in his sleep this morning, after a gig in Tokyo last night. Back in June of '85 I interviewed him on the phone … Continue reading Ear of Newt: my first and last interview with bass-guitar legend Donald “Duck” Dunn