Tampa Red and the birth of resonator guitars

“Interesting, keep up the good stuff.” ResonatorGuitarGuide @ResonatorGuide, October 5, 2013.  “The story of National/Dobro/Rickenbacher guitars would make a great movie. Roaring 20s, Great Depression, etc.” Al (@Resoguitar), October 5, 2013. “Great post! Worth also exploring the hoops Dopyera had to jump through in launching the Dobro not to compete with HIS OWN patent.” ResonatorGuitarGuide… Continue reading Tampa Red and the birth of resonator guitars

White imitates black, black imitates white; and today’s blues is initiated.

“Good Blues blog. I really enjoy the trivia and often obscure facts associated with this musical genre. Nice job.” Al @Resoguitar, September 25, 2013. BLUESMUSE36. Back in June, I wrote a post about Charles Matthews, the English comedian who basically kick-started today‚Äôs blues into life in 1822. (See 28 June archive.) What Matthews did was… Continue reading White imitates black, black imitates white; and today’s blues is initiated.

Hoochie coochie was in the water long before Muddy emerged.

“Fascinating!!! Where do you research this stuff???” Richard Wall @writinblues, September 20, 2013. “Awesome research.” nora j mckiddie @mckiddie_j, September 21, 2013. BLUESMUSE35. Just like rock & roll, hoochie coochie was old-time African-American slang for sex. To most blues aficionados, the term is synonymous today with the blues great Muddy Waters and The Hoochie Coochie… Continue reading Hoochie coochie was in the water long before Muddy emerged.

The despair of having your musical talent go unrecognized

“Paul, just bookmarked the page. It’s extremely informative. Great read.” Pete, The Honest Mistake Band @fsrocko, California. 13 September 2013. One of the reasons that working in the music business used to be so soul-destroying was seeing just how many unbelievably talented musicians and songwriters never made it, remaining unknown and falling by the wayside.… Continue reading The despair of having your musical talent go unrecognized