The Best Songs: Fixin’ To Die Blues by Bukka White aka Booker T Washington

The Best Songs: Fixin’ To Die Blues by Bukka White aka Booker T Washington “Fixin’ to Die” is song by American blues musician Bukka White. It is performed in the Delta blues style with White’s vocal and guitar accompanied by washboard rhythm. White recorded it in Chicago on May 8, 1940, for record producer Lester Melrose. The song was written …

April 26: Johnny Cash American Recordings was released in 1994

April 26:  Johnny Cash  American Recordings was released in 1994 …Always, the choice of material is a revelation. The Beast In Me (written by former son-in-law, Nick Lowe) could be autobiographical. And while writers like horrorpunk figurehead Glenn Danzig or Tom Waits probably would never have figured on his radar were it not for Rubin; time and again the duo …

April 25: The late Albert King was born in 1923

 “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all.” ~”Born Under A Bad Sign” – Albert King is truly a “King of the Blues,” although he doesn’t hold that title (B.B. does). Along with B.B. and Freddie King, Albert King is one of the major influences on blues and rock guitar players. Without him, modern guitar …

The Best Songs: Lord, I just can’t keep from crying sometimes by Blind Willie Johnson

The Best Songs: Lord, I just can’t keep from crying sometimes by Blind Willie Johnson Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, Bach, Beethoven and Blind Willie Johnson was included on the golden record that was sent into deep space in 1977 as part of the Voyager missions. What potential alien life forms might make of Johnson humming along to his slide guitar …

April 20: Johnny Shines passed away in 1992

  April 20: Johnny Shines passed away in 1992 That’s what I am, a Delta blues man. And now I’m considered the king of the Delta blues. ~Johnny Shines (1989 Living Blues Interview) Best known as a traveling companion of Robert Johnson, Johnny Shines’ own contributions to the blues have often been unfairly shortchanged, simply because Johnson’s own legend casts …

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