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  • Big Bill Broonzy: A Blues Innovator

    Big Bill Broonzy: A Blues Innovator

      American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist Big Bill Broonzy (born Lee Conley Bradley) plays here three songs: ”Worried Man Blues,” “Hey, Hey” and “How You Want It Done.” The video is taken from the DVD “A Musical Journey: The Films of Pete, Toshi and Dan Seeger.” “Big Bill Broonzy (June 26, 1893 – August 14 or 15, 1958) was a prolific American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. His career began in the 1920s when he played country blues to mostly African-American audiences. […]

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  • Big Joe Williams: 9-string blues

    Big Joe Williams: 9-string blues

    By Miche Archetto: Big Joe Williams created this almost-electric guitar from an acoustic. He added not only a rudimentary pick-up, but also 3 more strings, doubling 1st, 2nd and 4th string. According to wikipedia: “His guitar was usually tuned to Open G, like such: (D2 G2 D3D3 G3 B3B3 D4D4), with a capo placed on the second fret to set the tuning to the key of A. During the 1920s and 1930s, Williams had gradually added these extra strings in order […]

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  • Elizabeth Cotten: A left handed guitarist

    Elizabeth Cotten: A left handed guitarist

    By Miche Archetto: Elizabeth Cotten was left handed, and started playing guitar upside-down, resulting in a very original style. In this video she plays ”Spanish Flang Dang” and “A Jig”. The video was recorded on the “Guitar, Guitar” TV show in 1969. Here is her bio from wikipedia  “Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten (January 5, 1893 – June 29, 1987) was an American blues and folk musician, singer, and songwriter. A self-taught left-handed guitarist, Cotten developed her own original style. Her approach involved using a […]

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  • Skip James: Blues That Deserves More Recognition

    Skip James: Blues That Deserves More Recognition

    “From the American Folk and Blues Festival, 1962-1969. Copyright, 2004 Reelin in the years, LLC and Experience Hendrix, LLC” Here’s someone that I and many others think deserves more recognition. Why? Well, when it comes to the Blues, Skip James is the read deal. Check out some bio information on Skip: “Nehemiah Curtis James, 9 June 1902, Bentonia, Mississippi, USA, d. 3 October 1969, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. A solitary figure, James was an emotional, lyrical performer whose talent as a […]

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  • Kansas Joe McCoy – Pile Driver Blues

    By Jim Weaver: “I know there’s no video here. I wish there was — I have never seen anyone do these riffs — not even Ernie Hawkins, who plays several of Kansas Joe’s Harlem Hamfats tunes.” That’s okay Jim, (and thanks by the way for this), fortunately it was recorded! I’m sure there’s a lot of these blues players from way back who never got the chance to record and definitely deserved to. By the way, the YouTube description also […]

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  • Owen Campbell: Slide Guitarist Didn’t Kiss Ass

    Owen Campbell – Angry Busker – Australia’s Got Talent 2012 audition 3 [FULL] After watching this, I felt sorry for this guy, as I don’t really believe that he was arrogant by his comments… just nervous. What do you think? I’ll tell you one thing, Owen can really play slide! “Talented but Hostile Singer/Songwriter/Slide Guitarist Owen Campbell walks off after being rejected by the Judges for being rude, insulting Brian McFadden. Song is called “Sunshine Road”. AGT Australia’s Got Talent […]

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  • John Lee Hooker & Furry Lewis – Real Deals of The Blues

    Here’s two of the real deals of the blues- John Lee Hooker & Furry Lewis – The video is cool because it gives some background on these two legends. Johnny Lee Hooker is pretty much a legendary figure in the history books for blues. But I wasn’t that familiar with Furry Lewis and in his section of the video, we really get to here him do pretty much a whole set of music. I don’t mean to give Johnny the […]

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  • JIMI HENDRIX – Hear My Train A Coming… Acoustic

    JIMI HENDRIX – Hear My Train A Coming… Acoustic

    Here’s Jimi Hendrix, one of the most influential guitarist of the 20th century…. playing a 12 string acoustic instead of his white Stratocaster. The song is titled “Hear My Train A Coming” and also know as ”Getting My Heart Back Together Again,” which sounds like it could be  an old delta blues song-  but it was actually written by Hendrix. He did record this song a few times but never released until after his death.  What do you think of his acoustic […]

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  • Werner Lämmerhirt – Let Me Not Be

    Here’s fingerpicking guitarist Werner Lämmerhirt with what I’m hoping is the title to his song…”Laß mich nicht stehen” (Let Me Not Be) that was filmed at a concert in Gross-Zimmern in March 2009. Well this is pretty awesome playing by Werner who as you may have guessed is from Germany. He’s smooth, solid and clean with great rhythmical sense and timing. Now what’s interesting is, he is performing what I would call a typically American blues style song, but here, Werner […]

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  • Dan Grigor: Double Down On The Talent

    Dan Grigor is quite a talented guy, not only with the 12 string  guitar, his voice and the blues, but videography. At first when I saw this video I though “Where’s the third guy in The Green Screen Trio?” and then I noticed that his twin brother next to him (the guy on the right, or… hum the left, looked a little too much and played like Dan Grigor? Well, the Green Screen Trio is an appropriate title for the […]

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  • Corky Siegel and Jim Schwall: Never before released

    Remember the Siegel Schwall band? For those of you that don’t know, here’s a write up about them: “Corky Siegel and Jim Schwall met each other when both were music students atRoosevelt University. Siegel, originally a saxophonist, was interested in blues, while Schwall’s background was mostly in country music. They combined these two genres, producing a lighter sounding blues as compared to Butterfield Blues Band or John Mayall. The Siegel–Schwall Band included Shelly Plotkin on drums and Rollo Radford on bass. Radford had previously played with Martha […]

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