I am a blues guitar player and a follower of Jesus. This blog is about music, especially Blues, theology, humor, culture and anything else that rolls through my brain. "The sky is crying, look at the tears roll down the street"
Saturday, June 30, 2018
John Littlejohn - Chicago Blues Festival - Part 3 (1991)
When I left Sam Lay's band I did a stint playing Bass for Littlejohn
Friday, June 29, 2018
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Monday, June 25, 2018
Saturday, June 23, 2018
James Cotton Blues Band - Long Distance Operator (1970) Dylan Cover
James Cotton:Vocals & Harmonica - Michael Bloomfield & Todd Rundgren:Guitars - Mark "Moogy" Klingman:Piano - Stu Woods:Bass - Joel "Bishop" O'Brien:Drums Recorded in Los Angeles, CA. c. 1970 - Originally issued on the 1970 album "James Cotton Blues Band:Taking Care Of Business" (Capitol ST-814) (LP)
Lord I Just Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes - Blind Willie Johnson
Blind Willie Johnson (1897-1945) Johnson's step-mother threw lye in his face as a child, which caused his blindness. He was in the forefront of slide guitar technique making strange sounds on his guitar using objects such as a brass ring, bottle or pocketknife. Johnson spent his final years preaching. His music was not really appreciated during his lifetime. Johnson was an American singer and guitarist whose music straddled the border between blues and spirituals. While the lyrics of all of his songs were religious, his music drew from both sacred and blues traditions. Among musicians, he is considered one of the greatest slide or bottleneck guitarists, as well as one of the most revered figures of depression-era gospel music. His music is distinguished by his powerful bass thumb-picking and gravelly false-bass voice, with occasional use of a tenor voice."
Friday, June 22, 2018
I'm So Glad · Rory Block
"The connection between gospel and early blues has always been clear. The people who created the music most likely grew up in church and was a feature of the times - the late 1800's and early 1900's. This powerful spirit5uality translated directly into blues and most of the founding artists included gospel in their repertoire...I'm so Glad is an example of a gospel-based blues song." (Rory Block) Eric Clapton made a popular song of I'm So Glad with his band Cream.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Rory Block - Lord, I Feel Just Like Goin' On - written by Rev. Gary Davis - Great Gospel song
This song was written by the Rev. Gary Davis who was a blues and gospel singer who was also proficient on the banjo, guitar and harmonica. His fingerpicking guitar style influenced many other artists. He influenced Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Wizz Jones, Jorma Kaukonen, Keb' Mo', Ollabelle, Resurrection Band, and John Sebastian (of the Lovin' Spoonful). Let this pick you up and carry you throughout the day.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Monday, June 18, 2018
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Rocket 88 · The Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet - Chicago / The Blues / Today! Vol. 2
One of my favorite James Cotton songs. Cotton is one of the greatest harmonica players in blues history.
Friday, June 15, 2018
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Monday, June 4, 2018
Buddy Rich on Johnny Carson Tonight Show 1979 with Drum solo - If youve never watched Buddy play drums watch this. I grew up watching stuff like this
Studio Jams #67 - "Watermelon Man"
Here is one of several tracks from Studio Jams Episode #67, taped "On The Road" at SubCat Studios in Syracuse, New York. It features keyboardist Mark Nanni, guitarist Brian Golden, drummer Dave Hanlon, bassist John Viavattine, Jr., along with his father John Viavattine, Sr. on saxophone and his uncle, Bob Viavattine on trumpet. For more on the series, go to www.StudioJams.com.
Friday, June 1, 2018
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