Tag Archives: The Blues

Who Loves You Baby?

Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater

Legendary Chicago bluesman, Eddy Clearwater died today. He was 83. Born Edward Harrington in Macon, Mississippi, Eddy moved to Chicago in 1950, taking on the nickname “Guitar Eddy”. His agent suggested Clear Water, playing off of bluesman Muddy Waters. Eventually that morphed into Eddy Clearwater.

Clearwater perfected his own style of Blues, which he called “rock-a-blues”, a mixture of Blues, rock, rockabilly, country and gospel. His music career extended over six decades, and he was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2016.

I first saw Eddy Clearwater live at a club in Des Moines called “Blues on Grand”. I tell you, it was one hell of a show. Of all the Blues acts I saw in Des Moines, I think Clearwater was my favorite. Eddy was such a showman, and I was mesmerized by his guitar play. Clearwater was self taught, and he played the guitar left-handed and upside down. My buddy who was at Blues on Grand with me said, “Watching him play is giving me a headache!” When Clearwater was on stage, he grabbed your attention, and didn’t let you go until he was done with you.

We sat close to the stage, although at BoG, no one sat very far from it. Just before a break, Clearwater called my buddy and I out from the stage. During the intermission, he came over to us and talked to us like we were old friends. Of course, he gave each of us a guitar pick. To this day, I still have mine; it’s fastened to the dash of my old Land Rover.

Rest in peace, Eddy. You will be dearly missed.


Baby, Please Don’t Go

Music Monday:

Lightnin’ Hopkins singing “Baby, Please Don’t Go”.


TajMo

Bluesmen Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ have released their first album together, and are now touring the Globe.

Albany, NY: 8.17; Minneapolis, MN: 9.6; Des Moines, IA: 9.13; Austin, TX 9.22

You’d think an enterprising young man could make something work with those choices.

“There’s something working in life, in the Universe, in the bigger picture, that has nothing to do with commerce and money. I found after 20 years of going after money, that the faster I ran after money, the faster money ran. I finally ran out of breath, and stopped running” — Keb’Mo’

Video courtesy of the PBS Newshour


R.L. Burnside

Happy birthday to Mr R.L. Burnside (1926-2005)


How Blue Can You Get?

A Flashback Friday Edition:

Mr. B.B. King – “Sweet Little Angel”:


The Thrill is Gone…

B.B. King

We lost a legend tonight:

“The King of The Blues”, Mister B.B. King has died. He was 89. RIP.

Photo credit: Charlie Gillett/Redferns/Getty Images


“That’s All Right” at 60

Sun Records 45 "That's All Right"
Sun Records released “That’s All Right”, July 19, 1954.

Sun Records Studio, Memphis 1954
The Sun Records Studio, Memphis 1954. The legendary Sam Phillips is in front, with guitarist Scotty Moore, bassist Bill Black, and some singer named Elvis in the back.

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Blues Legend Johnny Winter passes

Blues legend Johnny Winter

B.B. King once described the albino from Texas as, “Extra white”. Johnny Winter was known for his lightning fast electric slide playing. Muddy Waters said of Winter, “…that guy… He plays eight notes to my one.”

Winter was 70. RIP.