Forty years after Henry Thomas recorded “Bull Doze Blues,” Canned Heat duplicated the vocal, the chords and the pan-pipe solo for “Going Up The Country.”
Furry Lewis made a lot of savvy choices, including hanging on to his career outside of music, so we’re guessing his advice about the dangers of pretty girls is on target.
Bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson heads out in search of the perfect peach, only to find three others have tumbled the fruit from his favored tree. Or, for those of you who aren’t farmers: His woman done him wrong.
Little is known about Walter ‘Buddy Boy’ Hawkins, but two things are certain: He knew how to work a guitar, and his vocals told the story beyond the lyrics.
Don’t get fooled by a glamorous vintage photo of a prim and proper Memphis Minnie. The Queen of The Blues was known to pack more than a powerful set of pipes.
Sure, Clifford Gibson sang the blues. But the real power of his music was evident when he let his incredibly long fingers did the talking.
Long before Tears for Fears offered that advice in the ’80s or flower-power acts gave it in the ’60s, McClintock sang it with the hope it might bear fruit.
The popular ‘artistic aide’ helped plenty of Paramount artists loosen up for sessions, including Harum Scarum, for its raucus recording of ‘Alabama Scratch.’
Plenty of blues artists back in the 1930s used an alias when recording. Unlike those trying to make more money or outrun the law, Blind Joe Taggart had another motive to record ‘14th Street Blues’ as Blind Percy.
If not for the repeal of Prohibition, America might never have discovered the soulful voice, risque lyrics and killer slide guitar of Kokomo Arnold.