Helping blues slide pioneer, Casey Bill Weldon, get a headstone

Updated: 26th January 2019. It seems only yesterday that the esteemed blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, Bonnie Rait, forked out the cash to put a headstone on the unmarked grave of an equally-esteemed female blues artist from earlier times. The headstone was for the great Memphis Minnie (1897 – 1973), that pioneering blues singer-songwriter who could play the guitar as well… Continue reading Helping blues slide pioneer, Casey Bill Weldon, get a headstone

How the first blues guitar record inspired western swing

BLUESMUSE52.  In my last post, about Louisville’s historic contribution to the development of the blues, I possibly inundated you with too much information. But, then again, Louisville had one massive story to tell.  If you were overwhelmed by the wordage, however, you might have overlooked the bit about The grave of the first recorded blues… Continue reading How the first blues guitar record inspired western swing

Great blues cities No. 6: Louisville.

Updated: August 2nd, 2019. “Such a tradition that has been forgotten with different genres. Thank U for what YOU are doing to preserve that, Paul.” Western New York Blues Society (@WNYBluesSociety), March 19, 2014. Most people tend to associate Louisville, Kentucky, with bluegrass music, rather than the blues, but blues has far deeper roots in bluegrass country than… Continue reading Great blues cities No. 6: Louisville.

Great blues cities No. 4: Dallas.

Who would have guessed they had tea rooms in Deep Ellum, Dallas, back in the 1930s “Thanks for sharing.” Wasser Prawda Online Magazine @wasserprawda Greifswald, Germany. 25 May 2015. “LOVED your (How Blues Evolved) eBook series! Learned so much! Got me started off in many other directions of research and interest.” Steve Lane, srlane@consolidated.net Charleston, IL,… Continue reading Great blues cities No. 4: Dallas.