September 16: Happy 89th birthday B.B. King

The blues was like that problem child that you may have had in the family. You was a little bit ashamed to let anybody see him, but you loved him. You just didn’t know how other people would take it. ~B. B. King I never use that word, retire. ~B. B. King Universally hailed as the reigning king of the …

September 1: R.L. Burnside passed away in 2005

“He was a happy-go-lucky nihilist…. he took things exactly as they were. No more, no less.” – Matthew Johnson, the founder of Mr. Burnside’s record label, Fat Possum. R. L. Burnside (November 23, 1926 – September 1, 2005), born Robert Lee Burnside, was an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist who lived much of his life in and around Holly Springs, Mississippi. He played music for much of his …

August 27: Stevie Ray Vaughan passed away in 1990

But between sets I’d sneak over to the black places to hear blues musicians. It got to the point where I was making my living at white clubs and having my fun at the other places. ~Stevie Ray Vaughan He was the greatest blues guitarist of his generation. ~ Mick Jagger Stevie was always playing. After he’d get offstage, he’d …

August 22: John Lee Hooker was born in 1917

I don’t think about time. You’re here when you’re here. I think about today, staying in tune. ~John Lee Hooker I don’t play a lot of fancy guitar. I don’t want to play it. The kind of guitar I want to play is mean, mean licks. ~John Lee Hooker When they say true blues, pure blues, John Lee Hooker is …

August 19: Happy 75th Birthday Ginger Baker

“They credited us with the birth of that sort of heavy metal thing. Well, if that’s the case, there should be an immediate abortion.” ~Ginger Baker If I am playing any music at all it is jazz music. ~Ginger Baker There are a lot of great drummers. But Ginger Baker is an inspiration because of a certain almost relaxing quality …

August 4 in music history

August 4: Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971) (read more) “Seems to me it ain’t the world that’s so bad but what we’re doing to it, and all I’m saying is: see what a wonderful world it would be if only we’d give it a chance. Love, baby – love. That’s the secret.” ― Louis Armstrong “Louis …