Friday, September 29, 2006

Buddy Guy Live Video

Here is a little something for my old friend mr anchovy and my new friend stagg.

This video is of Buddy Guy playing "Look What All You've Got," "Crawlin' Kingsnake," and "Damn Right I've Got The Blues."

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Pedimont Blues Guitarist Etta Baker Dies At 93.

Atta Baker

I love the pedimont blues. Because it is just simple and sweet blues music. Mrs. Etta Baker, a great peidmont blues player has passed to the other side. If I were a better writer I would write something more fitting to remember this gentle soul by. A woman who played the blues with such passion and grace.

Due to my failings, instead I think it might be better to give links where you can go and possibly down load some of Mrs. Baker’s music if you have never heard her. I think her music says it better than I ever could.

Links to Etta Baker mp3s

"Never Let Your Deal Go Down" Mp3

"One-Dime Blues" Mp3

Etta Baker @ Fitzgerald’s Journal.

Etta Baker - Fingerpicking the Piedmont Blues

Etta Baker @ wikipedia

Etta Baker, Legend of Piedmont Blues NPR

Blues guitarist Etta Baker dies at 93

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Sonny Boy Williamson II Your Funeral and my trial Video

This Rice Miller (Sonny Boy Williamson II) song has been on my mind as of late.

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Friday, September 08, 2006

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Videos

One of the main reasons that I learned to play the harmonica was because of Sonny Terry. I actually became aware of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee via Sonny Terry's music which I listened to first. But then after I bought a couple of their CDs I learned to love Brownie McGee too. I really enjoy his performance in the video below.

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee- Born And Livin' With The Blues

Other Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Videos @ YouTube

Corn Bread & Peas - This video includes some interesting commentary.

Key To The Highway

Easy Rider - Note the harmonica work on this song. This is from the Pete Seeger's Rainbow Quest DVD mentioned below and is a delightfully display of blues mastery. These guys tear this one up.

Sun Gonna Shine In My Back Door

A great source of some great video of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee is the DVD Pete Seeger's Rainbow Quest - with Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, and Mississippi John Hurt, Hedy West, & Paul Cadwell (see link below). This is a great DVD because it also has music by Mississippi John Hurt.

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Willie Dixon - I Get Nervous Video

This video is too cool. The bass playing prowess of one Mr. Willie Dixon are on full display here, and I believe that Otis Span is helping out a little bit on the piano. I'm getting nervous just typing this, I tremble in my bones. I believe that this video is from the "The American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966, Vol. 2 (2003)" DVD.

As in this video on that DVD Willie Dixon "nervously" stutters his way through this comical song where he is introduced by a very dignified Memphis Slim: "He is such a big man", says Slim, "he weighs four or five hundred pounds, something like that. Imagine a guy that big being nervous!"

Willie Dixon, is one of my favorite bluesmen, who I believe was pound for pound one of the best all around bluesmen ever, and I say that because of his abilities as a producer, songwriter and session musician who helped so
many other Chess Records artist and who also was instrumental in creating the Chicago blues sound.

In the original liner notes to Dixon's classic album "I Am The Blues: Willie Dixon", Pete Welding describes Dixon this way:

He may well be the single most influential artist in the modern blues. Certainly, in light of his prodigious activities in and on behalf of the magnificent, impassioned, urgent and powerful music to which he has contributed so significantly over the years, he must be considered on of the major figures of the postwar blues.

Willie Dixon: Seventh Son video @ YouTube.

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