Cuyahoga River Fire

50 years ago today, the river I grew up on famously caught fire. As sad and embarrassing as that is, it has opened the eyes to treating our planet with more respect than we had.

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Lesley Riddle

Born on this very day in Burnsville, North Carolina in 1905, was musician Lesley Riddle. He is pictured here (right) alongside another Appalachian music great Brownie McGhee (left) when both lived in Kingsport, Tennessee. It was in Kingsport where Riddle met A.P. Carter, patriarch of the Carter Family band, and began sharing his collection of traditional songs and arrangements. Riddle started to split time living at the Carter Family home in Maces Spring, Virginia and Kingsport, while often traveling on song collecting trips with A.P. across northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. Riddle acted as a human field recorder, notably memorizing melody while A.P. would gather lyrics. Riddle never made much of a solo music career, but he had great influence on the Carter Family which helped shape the future of country and folk music.

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Blind Willie McTell

A day late getting this post on here.

Happy Birthday Blind Willie McTell, born May 5th, 1898, in McDuffie County, Georgia.

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Reverend Gary Davis

Happy birthday Rev. Gary davis, Born this day in 1896. a pioneer in ragtimey fingerstyle blues guitar, Davis noteably mentored one of my favorite artists of all time, Blind Boy Fuller, among many other musicians such as Roy Book Binder.

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James Cotton

Earlier this month we lost blues legend James Cotton. I don’t think i’ll ever get over this performance of “I’ve Got My Mojo Working” with Muddy Waters at the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival.