Tag Archives: Blues

Sonic Gems: Elmore James – The Sky Is Crying

American blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Elmore James was born on January 27, 1918.  Before his death on May 24, 1963, he would become known as the “King of Slide Guitar” who used loud amplification and his wailing voice to … Continue reading

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Sonic Gems – Stevie Ray Vaughn – The Sky Is Crying

The fifth and final studio album by Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble.  These previously unreleased songs were finalized and produced by Jimmie Vaughn in an effort to get the title track out to the public.  That should be all … Continue reading

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Sonic Gems: John Fahey – The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death

In 1965, American finger stylist guitar player John Fahey composed and released The Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death.  This was his fifth album and the first released by a company outside of his own.   In the turbulent underpinnings of his … Continue reading

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Sonic Gems: Snooks Eaglin – New Orleans Street Singer

Snooks Eaglin (real name Fird Eaglin, Jr.) was a New Orleans busker who was alternatively known as ‘ the Little Ray Charles’ and the ‘the Human Juke Box’.  This guitarist singer had himself a brief run as a R&B barnstormer … Continue reading

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Sonic Gem: The 1950s – Ten For Ten

This decade’s music was dominated by rock-n-roll; doo-wop, pop, swing, rhythm and blues, blues, country and rockabilly.   The playlist below offers the top ten songs in the United States for each year of this decade.  Enjoy!!

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Instrumental Blues – Part I

Early on when I started discovering that I liked playing more than classical, I started developing an interest in the blues and then blues rock before even the jazz then progressive hard rock periods of my life.  Now, I mainly … Continue reading

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Rhupunt X 2

I attended a short form poetry workshop tonight and as usual burned off two poems.  This time it was in a traditional Welsh form called the rhupunt.  Obviously, not my best poems but these are them: Four Line Rhupunt x … Continue reading

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