It was Buddy Guy’s birthday yesterday. He is one of my favorite blues musicians. This is a modest little piece, but Buddy unobtrusively but brilliantly raises it to a new level. I consider him to be one of the true artists of the blues.
You’ve heard numerous “Hey Joe” covers. There are certainly many excellent and unique ones. I ran across this today. Leisurely, contemplative… How about that violin?
Today’s blues from one of the old Chicago blues mainstays.
I posted another version some time ago, but here it is from the original guy. As I said on my Facebook post (I post far more but not as selective 🙂 on Facebook.) :
“Delta blues singer, guitarist, songwriter.
It’s difficult to imagine the blues rock revolution (not to mention modern blues) without the influence of Skip James….the songs themselves, the motifs, the style of singing.”
Remember poor Alan Wilson of “Canned Heat”? He clearly modeled his singing on that of Skip James. He is the coming to mind right now, but there are certainly more.
Guitar Gabriel singing and playing an old blues standard. I can listen to this simple song all day.
It’s Jimmy Thackery’s birthday today. I love the guy. A hardworking bluesman and one of the best.
Please check out my older Jimmy Thackery post, too.
T-Bone Walker influenced guitarist. Played and recorded with many of the best blues folks.
There are a couple of Luther Johnsons in the blues world. This artist is sometimes designated Luther “Snake Boy” Johnson (1934-1976). Plain old blues.
Famous original recording that has since been covered extensively.