November 24: The late Donald Duck Dunn was born in 1941

A 2 minute history of Donald “Duck” Dunn:“We were recording almost a hit a day for a while there. But I never knew how popular that music was until I came to England with Otis Redding in 1967.” – Donald Dunn (about the Stax period)

November 23: The late R. L. Burnside was born in 1926

“He was a happy-go-lucky nihilist…. he took things exactly as they were. No more, no less.” ~Matthew Johnson, the founder of Mr. Burnside’s record label, Fat Possum.   “I didn’t mean to kill nobody … I just meant to shoot the sonofabitch in the head. Him dying was between him and the Lord.” ― R.L. Burnside

November 11: Dave Alvin is 59 – Happy Birthday

I started writing poetry before I started writing songs. In my checkered college past I was a creative writing major at Long Beach State University, which had a great writing program, and that’s where I learned all the nuts and bolts that helped me out in songwriting. They forced us to write in traditional forms — sonnets, iambic pentameter — …

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