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. Henderson, a former slave, and his wife Eliza, ran a family string band around the turn of the… Continue reading First blues families: the Thomas’s.

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 playing at plantation square dances. Henderson, born around 1850, also ran a string band, the… Continue reading First blues families: the Chatmons.

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 place in Birmingham, England, back in 1976. Since this rant was… Continue reading Cut Clapton some slack.