Say the words “easy rider” these days and chances are good any combination of Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson or Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild” will pop into your head. But back in the day, Georgia Tom and Tampa Red and His Hokum Jug Band gave a different take.
Heralded as “The Texas Cannonball,” Freddie King’s skills as a blues guitarist led to him being dubbed one of the “Three Kings,” along with Albert King and B.B. King. And in 2012, his accomplishments prompted the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame to honor him as an early influence.
A Thanksgiving day walk turns up an incredibly rare Son House 78 RPM record and reminds us we all need to keep hunting for history.
Discover Jabo Williams, the greatest blues pianist you’ve probably never heard — and whose voice you probably never will. Lost and damaged discs are the regretful reality of old blues 78s.
He’s no international man of mystery, but Gus Cannon and his alter-ego, Banjo Joe, were double agents of sorts at the Paramount and Victor record labels.
Unicorns. Honest politicians. Jaydee Short’s missing Paramount records. There are no guarantees that any of these exist, but John Tefteller is holding out hope. Well, for the records, anyway. (And maybe the unicorns.)
Making a wall calendar is pretty simple, right? Maybe if you’re talking about a run-of-the-mill calendar. But it’s different for the Blues Images calendar.
Sentenced to prison for the murder of his wife, Alger ‘Texas’ Alexander didn’t just sing the blues, he lived them.
Son House was a Delta Blues innovator who influenced generations of musicians. In all fairness, though, Rube Lacy should get a bit of the credit for helping House learn to play guitar in the first place.
Don’t have a bottomless slush fund to buy original Robert Johnson 78s? Now you can get closer to that experience than ever before, thanks to a limited-edition collector’s set.