December 21: Frank Zappa was born in 1940

 A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open. ~Frank Zappa My best advice to anyone who wants to raise a happy, mentally healthy child is: Keep him or her as far away from a church as you can. ~Frank Zappa

December 20: Pat Hare birthday

If highly distorted guitar played with a ton of aggression and just barely suppressed violence is your idea of great blues, then Pat Hare’s your man. ~Cub Koda (allmusic.com) ….Auburn “Pat” Hare, the most aggressive picker to work at Phillips’ studio [Sun Studions that is]. Together, Hare and James Cotton produced one of the truly great blues recordings, “Cotton Crop …

Dec 19: Blind Lemon Jefferson died in 1929

the only known picture of BLJ, and it is heavily retouched, with a fake tie painted in by hand Country blues guitarist and vocalist Blind Lemon Jefferson is indisputably one of the main figures in country blues. He was of the highest in many regards, being one of the founders of Texas blues (along with Texas Alexander), one of the …

Dec 17: Paul Butterfield birthday

A lot of people relate me to the blues but I don’t think it’s a hindrance at this point. I’ve been doing it long enough that I can do different things and be accepted. ~Paul Butterfield Paul Butterfield was the first white harmonica player to develop a style original and powerful enough to place him in the pantheon of true …

November 30: The late Robert Nighthawk was born in 1909 105 years ago years ago

  Of all the pivotal figures in blues history, certainly one of the most important was Robert Nighthawk. He bridged the gap between Delta and Chicago blues effortlessly, taking his slide cues from Tampa Red and stamping them with a Mississippi edge learned first hand from his cousin, Houston Stackhouse. ~Cub Koda (allmuisc.com) Cheatin’ and Lyin’ Blues:

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