I think I was in my first year of university when I came across the music of Big Joe Williams for the first time. This is Big Joe Williams, the so-called king of the 9-string guitar I’m talking about, not the other fabulous Joe Williams… Read More
Mae Mercer with Sonny Boy Williamson
I came across this video this afternoon featuring John Lee Hooker performing Boom Boom on acoustic guitar. This is from way back in 1964 – I was just 4 years old at the time. Look who is sitting right behind him – it’s Sonny Terry… Read More
In a facebook comment thread, I was asked what blues performers I enjoyed. I provided a list, but it didn’t include David Bromberg, because he plays such a wide spectrum of musical styles – not just blues – that I don’t think of him as… Read More
What an odd coincidence. Tuffy P and I have been watching the TV show Sneaky Pete, and this afternoon when I did a little surfing around the YouTube machine, I came up with Champion Jack Dupree and King Curtis performing a song called Sneaky Pete… Read More
I stumbled across this gem on the YouTube machine. It was recorded in 1964 when I was 4 years old. I love the understated guitar playing in this performance and the emphasis on the whole song rather than on exaggerated guitar solos, volume and power.
Sonny Boy Williamson