First blues families: the Thomas’s.

First blues families: the Thomas’s.

George W. Thomas Jnr, Hersal and Hociel Thomas, Sippie Wallace (nee Thomas) and Bernice Edwards. Last time, we talked about the family of Henderson Chatmon, the ‘musicianer’, as musicians called themselves in the nineteenth century, from Bolton, Mississippi....
First blues families: the Chatmons.

First blues families: the Chatmons.

Is Bolton, Mississippi, the true birthplace of the blues? Anyone who knows the Mississippi Sheiks knows, at their core, were three sons of the nineteenth century ‘musicianer’, Henderson Chatmon, a one-time slave from Terry, Mississippi, noted for his brilliant violin...
Cut Clapton some slack.

Cut Clapton some slack.

Americans should stop abusing Eric Clapton.  He was a phenomenally good blues guitarist.   There’s been much hullabaloo recently on social media over racist comments made by the guitarist Eric Clapton while off his head on booze and drugs 42 long years ago. This took...
The first hard rock riffs.

The first hard rock riffs.

Updated: Oct 17 2018 Once rock music was simple. We had hard rock and not-so-hard rock, otherwise called pop. Soft rock was yet to evolve. So, when a certain rock ‘n’ roll themed restaurant first opened its doors in London in 1971, its owners named it...
AC/DC’s secret weapon

AC/DC’s secret weapon

If you like your rock hard, you love AC/DC. But how did they get such a punch-in-the-guts sound? Nothing comes from nowhere, does it? Above is a trailer for parts one and two of a superb film that tells all. It’s called “Blood & Thunder: The Sound of...