Sure, Sophie Tucker tried to parlay a song title into a nickname, but if you ask most blues fans, Mother Of The Blues Gertrude ‘Ma’ Rainey wins the title.
The discovery of a Blind Blake record is proof that just because a record is missing doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
‘She put carbolic in my coffee, turpentine in my tea, Strychnine in my biscuits, Lord but she didn’t hurt me,’ the bluesman sings in ‘Big Chief Blues.’ And all of that doesn’t even get into Lewis’ real life.
For 2013, the Blues Images calendar celebrates its 10th anniversary in fine style, with more vintage ads, a pair of never-before-seen photos and a 21-track CD.
Blind Willie McTell ate, drank (a lot) and lived the blues like nobody else. Unfortunately, that life kept him from being around for the blues
renaissance of the 1960s.
Some guys will do just about anything to impress a girl — and then they count on their buddies, like blues musician Blind Teddy Darby, to bail them out.
The modern guitar hero was inspired by Reynolds’ ‘Outside Woman Blues,’ which Cream covered for its ‘Disraeli Gears’ album — and which is next to impossible to find on an original Paramount 78 RPM record.
Released in January 1931, Harum Scarum’s “Come On In” was a luxury few could afford then, and a 78 RPM rarity you’d be hard-pressed to even find — let alone buy — now.
Swiping a song from The Rev. Robert Wilkins? Now, “That’s No Way To Get Along.” But that’s pretty much what The Rolling Stones did with “Prodigal Son.”
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.