October 3: Skip James passed away in 1969 – 45 years ago

Hard time’s is here An ev’rywhere you go Times are harder Than th’ever been befo’ ~Skip James – Hard Time Killing Floor Blues Coupling an oddball guitar tuning set against eerie, falsetto vocals, James’ early recordings could make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. ~Cub Koda (allmusic.com) From Wikipedia: Birth name Nehemiah Curtis James Born June …

October 1: Albert Collins birthday

I was told when I started to play that simple music is the hardest music in the world to play. And blues is simple music. ~Albert Collins Most of the time I hum what I’m playing so sometimes it bleeds through on the track. That’s why I get hoarse sometimes when I try to sing, I’ll be humming my notes, …

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 …

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