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Tag Archives: Blues

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Bryan Lee : musicians

Bryan Lee (born March 16, 1943, Two Rivers, Wisconsin) is an American blues guitarist and singer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is also known by the nickname braille blues daddy and has been a fixture on Bourbon Street scene... more.

February 21, 2013

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Bessie Smith : musicians

The first major blues and jazz singer on record and one of the most powerful of all time, Bessie Smith rightly earned the title of “The Empress of the Blues.” Even on her first records in 1923, her... more.

February 21, 2013

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Robert Johnson : musicians

Robert Johnson is certainly the most celebrated figure in the history of the blues. Of course, his legend is immensely fortified by the fact that Johnson also left behind a small legacy of recordings that are considered the emotional... more.

February 21, 2013

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John Lee Hooker : musicians

“The Hook” was a Mississippi native who became the top gent on the Detroit blues circuit in the years following World War II. In 1948, the aspiring bluesman hooked up with entrepreneur Bernie Besman, who helped him hammer out... more.

February 21, 2013

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Blind Lemon Jefferson : musicians

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, one of the most influential... more.

February 21, 2013

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Blind Blake : musicians

One of the greatest blues guitarists of all-time, Blake seems to have been the primary developer of “finger-style” ragtime on the guitar, the six-string equivalent to playing ragtime on the piano.We still don’t know anything verifiable about Blake which... more.

February 21, 2013

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Charlie ‘Charley’ Patton : musicians

Charley Patton (between April 1887 and 1891 – April 28, 1934), also known as Charlie Patton, was an American Delta blues musician. He is considered by many to be the “Father of the Delta Blues”, and is credited with... more.

February 21, 2013

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Henry Butler : musicians

Butler is a local legend in New Orleans, but rarely tours other parts of the country; most any time of the year he can be found playing in one of New Orleans’ famous night spots. What makes him great... more.

February 21, 2013

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Leadbelly : musicians

Huddie Ledbetter, known as Leadbelly, was best remembered for a body of songs that he discovered, adapted, or wrote, including “Goodnight, Irene,” “Rock Island Line,” “The Midnight Special,” and “Cotton Fields.” Because he was an African-American, he is sometimes... more.

February 21, 2013

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Blind Willie McTell : musicians

Willie Samuel McTell was one of the blues’ greatest guitarists, and also one of the finest singers ever to work in blues. A major figure with a local following in Atlanta from the 1920s onward, he recorded dozens of... more.

February 21, 2013

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Pink Anderson : musicians

Pink Anderson (full name Pinkney Anderson, February 12, 1900–October 12, 1974) was a blues singer and guitarist, born in Laurens, South Carolina. After being raised in Spartanburg SC, he joined Dr. Kerr of the Indian Remedy Company in 1914... more.

February 21, 2013

Blind Willie Johnson

Blind WIllie Johnson : musicians

Seminal gospel-blues artist Blind Willie Johnson is regarded as one of the greatest bottleneck slide guitarists. Yet the Texas street-corner evangelist is known as much for the his powerful and fervent gruff voice as he is for his ability... more.

February 21, 2013

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Sonny Terry : musicians

Harmonica player Sonny Terry was one of the initial bluesmen who crossed over into areas not normally associated with the genre before. Sonny Terry was born on October 24, 1911, in Greensboro, GA. He lost his sight by the... more.

February 21, 2013

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Kip Lornell : musicians

Kip Lornell, who works on music projects for the Smithsonian Institute, has a doctorate in ethnomusicology, a master’s in folklore, and a bachelor’s degree in cultural studies. He is the author of Introducing American Folk Music; Leadbelly: King of... more.

February 21, 2013

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Jeff Healey : musicians

What made Jeff Healey different from other blues-rockers was also what kept some listeners from accepting him as anything other than a novelty — the fact that the blind guitarist played his Fender Stratocaster on his lap, not standing... more.

February 21, 2013

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David Evans : musicians

David Evans is a ethnomusicologist and director of the Ethnomusicology/Regional Studies program at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music in the University of Memphis, where he worked since 1978. As head of the university’s High Water Recording Company,... more.

February 21, 2013

Song – Reverend Gary Davis : music

February 7, 2013

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Two blind men who helped transform music : post

“It makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck.  He did not articulate a single word.  He hummed it and sang it and played it with a bottle-neck that sounded like it was really a razor... more.

February 21, 2012