Sunday Morning Blues began this week with a tribute to guitarist Jeff Beck and drummer Mick Fleetwood, who both had birthdays on June 24th. We did a ‘Yesterday & Today’ set from Beck, whose latest album “Loud Hailer” is in stores and online on July 15th!
This week on the show we began by acknowledging the great talent of Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher, who passed away on June 14, 1995 at the age of 47.
The beginning set of the show was inspired by a new Alligator records release entitled “God Don’t Ever Change: the Songs of Blind Willie Johnson.”
Happy Sunday Morning Blues Show #851 to you! We began with a birthday tribute to the late, great Howlin’ Wolf.
Wow! We’re finally passing through the gateway to the summer! On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember our veterans who make this life in America possible while we also enjoy the thankful return of warm weather!
A triumvirate of birthdays began our show this week.
Happy birthday to Taj Mahal!! Henry Saint Claire Fredericks was born in Harlem, but spent his childhood years in Springfield, MA – so we can consider him a New England treasure!
Happy Mothers Day! We had a bunch of Mother’s Day requests on the show, so we dug out some good ones – after all, there are a million blues songs about mojo mamas!
It’s the birthday of, perhaps, the greatest harmonica player to ever live – Little Walter. Born in Louisiana in 1930 on May Day, he only survived until 1968, the victim of alcoholism and violence. Those traits aside, Walter had moved to Chicago and played in Muddy Waters Band until 1952 when he went solo and became one of the most successful blues musicians in postwar America.
On April 25 it’s the birthday of the late blues giant Albert King. Literally, he was a giant; 6’,4” tall and over 250 pounds, who dressed up in a suit for his performances and wailed away on a big old and heavy Gibson Flying Vee guitar.