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Friday, April 6, 2018

My Album 'Gonna Die With The Blues' Launches, Video Up





I'm happy to announce that my debut album 'Gonna Die With The Blues' has officially launched worldwide on all major digital platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, Anghami, and others.

"From the sounds of the Mississippi Delta to inner city Chicago, with the stories of Ali Sleeq's personal life of blues, this album will be a one-of-a-kind blues release from the Middle East, with various inspirations across the genre"

To celebrate we prepared a small video for the occasion!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mother's Day Blues



Today the day we acknowledge and thank the women of the world who have given their lives, effort, and time to take care of us. While mostly it is a time for celebration, the blues is always relevant.

Mothers go through so much to ensure we become better people, to stay healthy, to learn to do things right and to always be good.

It's definitely not easy to be a mother, so here's a small list of blues songs that talk about the hardships and tribulations of mothers everywhere.


Crying Mother Blues - Cripple Clarence Lofton




Mother Gone - Leroy Carr



Mother Blues - Son Seals



Nobody Loves Me But My Mother - B.B. King



Gone Mother Blues - Charlie Spand



Motherless Child - O.V. Wright

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

My Debut Album 'Gonna Die With The Blues' to be Released on April 5!



After announcing it a while back, I am finally happy to confirm the release of my debut album 'Gonna Die With The Blues' on April 5, 2018.

It has 10 tracks and features many great musicians on board. It will be released on all digital platforms, and will follow with some launch events later.

Please watch this space come launch day!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Ali Sleeq w/ Altersal - Neptune Blues NOW AVAILABLE




I had the pleasure to work with the great musician and soundscape adventurer Altersal, to create something a little different.

This is what happens when you mix a traditional blues song with some synths and drops of acid. The wicked collaboration with Altersal, a member of the band Galaxy Juice and a solo artist, provides his unique flavor to the old blues formula. The result? A hypnotic drone blues taken to the stratosphere.

The song is inspired by 'Dark Road' by Floyd Jones from 1948... but set hundreds of years into the future.

You can find the song in the links below on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and Youtube; I hope you enjoy it! I also have some big news coming in next couple of days!

Vocals / Bass / Guitar - Ali Sleeq 
Synths / Drum Machines / Production - Altersal



Thursday, February 15, 2018

Buddy Guy Reflects on the Blues (Video)


An interview on Reverb with Buddy Guy was posted in January but I never got around to posting it until now. Please mind my delay... music and what not got in my way!

Buddy Guy is one of the last remaining OGs of the blues alive today. He's been through it all man... this is a great video for all blues, music, and guitar fans!


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Blues for Lovers



Another year, another heartbreak, another lonesome day. Some of us might be in love, but that don't mean you don't have it down sometimes; Valentine's is a celebration of love, but in our case, it's just another day for the blues.

Here's a few songs for you if you feelin' like giving out some love.


I Want You to Love Me - Muddy Waters



Baby Please Don't Go - Big Joe Williams



Sweet Little Angel - BB King




I Need Love So Bad - John Lee Hooker



Brown Skin Woman - Sunnyland Slim



I'm in Love with You Baby - Otis Spann



 I Can't Quit You Baby - Otis Rush

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Performing in Bahrain Tomorrow!



I'll be performing tomorrow at Hazel Rooftop Lounge in Adliya, Bahrain!

This marks the first time I perform in Bahrain under my own name, and I've assembled a talent group of local musicians to be my backup band, so you're in for a treat!

Also, you get 25% off on bourbon and whiskey so you can get in the real mood for the blues.   


Monday, January 29, 2018

Rolling Stones, Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' Win the Blues Grammys




Another year has gone by, and in the mist of all the hoopla around the major pop artists, we get the neglected music section that doesn't show up on TV... the blues Grammy awards!


So from the nominees I mentioned in November, The Rolling Stones have won the Traditional Blues Album of the Year and Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' won the Contemporary Blues Album of the Year.

It might not be the most exciting year for the blues, but it's still nice to see the old schoolers getting the wins, not discounting the other artists like Eric Bibb, Ronald Randolph, Robert Cray and the others.

So congrats to the winners and I'll see you again same time next year! Here's some songs from the winners off their winning albums:




Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Fender Announces 'American Original' Series



In a nice refresh of the American Vintage series, Fender just announced it's American Original series, a revamp and rebranding of the long running production (since 1982).

The biggest change is that the fretboard radius on these axes will be a flatter moden 9.5' instead of the vintage 7.25', which makes playing a bit easier. However the rest of the specs will be true vintage, down to pickups, the nitro laquer finish, color options, and neck profiles. The series no longer specifies the actual year it's trying to replicate, rather the decade (which combines a few things together).

Kinda pricey, and although the colors are awesome they are down to two or three options per guitar. Would have loved more options.

Here's the full lineup (not including the left hand models), more on www.fender.com:


50's Stratocaster


60's Stratocaster



50's Telecaster




60's Telecaster




60's Jazzmaster



60's Jaguar



50's Precision Bass



60's Precision Bass




60's Jazz Bass



70's Jazz Bass







Sunday, January 14, 2018

Nominees for the 39th Blues Music Awards



The Blues Foundation has announced the nominees for the 39th Annual Blues Music Awards, taking place on May 10th, 2018 in Memphis Tennessee, and like every year I post them for ya!