When The Blues Beat The Music, You’re In The Scene
In his early days of Blues Beat, Steve Albini had a simple but crucial goal in mind: “to create a band that could just get into a studio and do the same thing and then just make it a little bit better.”
The result was a band called Blues Beat.
Albini and his bandmates, guitarist/vocalist/guitarist Joe Satriani and drummer John Scofield, were a young bunch, and a lot of their work was focused on the blues.
While it was difficult to put a band together in those days, Albini believed that they were going to be able to make something that was unique to the Blues genre, one that would take their music to a new level.
“If we could make something like that, I think it’d be a huge thing,” Albini told the New York Times in 1992.
After a decade of recording and touring, Albino and his team were eventually asked to leave the studio, and the band’s recording studio, the Blue Room, was sold in 2002. “
Albini went on to record a handful of studio albums, and his Blues Beat band had their ups and downs, but Albini’s Blues Beat was never a hit, and it never was a major hit.
After a decade of recording and touring, Albino and his team were eventually asked to leave the studio, and the band’s recording studio, the Blue Room, was sold in 2002.
The Blues beat had been beaten, but the real story was far from over.
Albino’s Blue Beat disbanded in 2011, but it didn’t go quietly.
A decade later, a group of young Blues Beat veterans decided to do something similar to their mentor.
They formed the Blues Jammers, a new band that Albini co-founded in the early 2000s, and they went on a tour that included dates with the likes of Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.
The result: an album of the same name that would go on to sell more than a million copies.
The jam was a little different than what Albini’d done before, though.
While the original Blues Beat would’ve gone on to produce and record many of the best albums of the 1990s, the jam was also a much different project than what he’d had going on.
The Jammers were also led by bassist and vocalist Mike Watt, who, as a member of the legendary rock band The Ramones, would later be the inspiration for a popular rock band called the Ramones.
Watt was also an engineer on a band named The Staple Singers, a rock band that played many gigs in New York during the early 1990s.
Watt, however, was an engineer first and a musician second.
The Stompers was a group that was founded by Watt and producer/giver John Paul Jones, and as of 2017, Watt is the only member of that band still active.
In addition to Watt, the Stompes also had drummer Bill Kolski and bassist Kevin Gates.
In 2016, Watt and Jones teamed up with producer/bassist Tom Petty to record an album called Rock Stars, and Jones was the lead vocalist.
The band was later renamed The Stamps, and Watt also left to form the band Bad Brains.
The group released two albums, one in 1992, and another in 1998, both of which reached number one on the Billboard 200.
After that, Watt left Bad Brics, and with him went the music world, moving on to work on albums by The Strokes, Pearl Jam, The Cars, The Stroke, and more.
The Strobes would go through another major change when frontman Ryan Adams left the band in 2012 to start a solo career.
In the same year that Watt and his Bad Brands disbanded, Adams and his wife, singer Katy Perry, decided to form a band of their own, The Wrecking Crew.
The Wrecks were a group comprised of Ryan Adams and producer David Grisman.
The album The Wressels, released in 2014, was a collection of the Wreckers songs that was largely influenced by the Strokes and other Strokes fans.
The following year, the Wreks released another collection of Strokes songs, The New Wreck, which peaked at number one.
That same year, Adams left The Stroks, and in 2016, Grisman released his own solo album, The Biggest Problem, which was nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist.
It would go into a Top Ten album in 2016 and would be nominated for several more awards before it was released.
The Bigest Problem would go onto win the 2017 Grammy for Album of the Year, and Adams would also be nominated in 2018 for Album Of The Year.
The duo would continue to collaborate on albums throughout Adams’ career, as he toured with Pearl Jam and toured with Stevie Ray Vaughan.
In 2019, the two released a solo album called The Last Dance, which included collaborations with Stevies longtime collaborator, Michael Bublé.
In 2020, Adams released