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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Buddy Guy Talks Blues with David Letterman



On David Letterman's Netflix show, 'My Next Guest Needs No Introduction' episode with Tina Fay, Buddy Guy, one of the last remaining blues OGs, sat down with David to have some chicken and talk the blues.

Check it out, it's a treat! Here's a clip from Youtube, the episode is longer and has some live performances!


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Gibson Guitars Going Bankrupt, But Are We Surprised?



Gibson Guitars, the iconic guitar maker, has filed for bankruptcy citing low guitar sales.

I, however, am not really surprised.

See, Gibson still saw itself as a traditional guitar maker, even though the advancements of technology and change in the atmosphere of music and how it's perceived by the young generation is on a fast track forward. This old-school mentality didn't match the other makers, mostly Fender (who have taken a role in adapting to the modern trends to stay relevant). What ended up happening was Gibson kept raising the prices of their guitars to be able to break even, but finally priced themselves out of the market.



As you can see, the standard US Les Paul goes for $3,300. That wouldn't be a major issue unless you follow the news that Gibson's quality control has been bad for a while.

Now see their classic competitor, Fender's offering:




Their standard US Strat is for LESS THAN HALF of the Gibson, which as per the reviews is one of the best made Fenders in recent memory.

As long as you consider yourself a luxury brand (this isn't cars we're talking about), and trying to sell to broke musicians or beginners, you're gonna end up with a bad time. Not only that, many other makers do the Les Paul better.

Gibson is too iconic to die, but hoping a change of management and vision will bring it back on track.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Two New Interviews on the Same Day!



Today I was pleasantly surprised to hear that not one, but TWO interviews of me were posted this morning!

First: local newspaper Arab Times





and second, with Jam Sphere Magazine:





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.