Birth of the Blues/Rock Guitar hero.

Birth of the Blues/Rock Guitar hero.

Electric blues and rock guitar heroes … do they still exist, or are they relics of the past, now most possible note combinations and innovations have long been worked out? That’s not a question I feel I’m qualified to comment on, subjectivity being the main...
Muddy on Stones. Keith on Muddy.

Muddy on Stones. Keith on Muddy.

One of the greatest rock bands of all time, not to mention America’s most famous music magazine, as many know, both took their names from a song written and recorded in 1950 by blues icon Muddy Waters. The song of course was ‘Rollin’ Stone’. The band was the Rolling...
When pianos thundered in Texas.

When pianos thundered in Texas.

American Thunder: How rock ‘n’ roll evolved. Part One. The first thunderous notes of the oldest of rock ‘n’ roll’s forerunners were hammered out by black musicians, on second-hand, often second-rate pianos called tin pans, in...
Blues in Spoonfuls.

Blues in Spoonfuls.

“Wanna fight about it”, says Charlie Patton in the video below. Charlie’s singing his 1929 track, A Spoonful Blues. While he sounds as rough and tough as old boots, in reality Charlie Patton was a slight little guy, about the size of a jockey, albeit a jockey with a...