March 2: Lou Reed Birthday

One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz. ~Lou Reed I think that everything happens for a reason, everything happens when it’s going to happen. ~Lou Reed …he’s often cited as punk’s most important ancestor. It’s often overlooked, though, that he’s equally skilled at celebrating romantic joy, and rock & roll itself, as …

Feb 23: Johnny Winter Birthday

I just like the blues better than rock ‘n’ roll. ~Johnny Winter     When I started workin’ with Muddy. That convinced me that I could get away with doin’ the blues. ~Johnny Winter

Feb 21: Nina Simone Birthday

Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music. ~Nina Simone Once I understood Bach’s music, I wanted to be a concert pianist. Bach made me dedicate my life to music, and it was that teacher who introduced me to his world. ~Nina Simone Nina Simone was one of the most gifted vocalists of …

Jan 29: The Legendary Willie Dixon died in 1992

The Blues are the true facts of life expressed in words and song, inspiration, feeling, and understanding. ~Willie Dixon “The blues will always be because the blues are the roots of all American music.” ~Willie Dixon I Am The Blues (Full documentary) This documentary captures the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member in the twilight of his career, during a …

Jan 27: The late Elmore James was born in 1918

 No two ways about it, the most influential slide guitarist of the postwar period was Elmore James, hands down. Although his early demise from heart failure kept him from enjoying the fruits of the ’60s blues revival as his contemporaries Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf did, James left a wide influential trail behind him. And that influence continues to the …

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