Happy Birthday Jerry Garcia, born on this day, 1942.
Happy Birthday Woody Guthrie, born on this day in 1912.
Happy Birthday Blind Boy Fuller of Durham, North Carolina. Born on this day in 1907.
Remembering Louis Armstrong, Also known as Satchmo, who left earth this day in 1971.
Remembering Piedmont musician Elizabeth Cotten, who left earth on this day in 1987.
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.
Remembering Lester Flatt, who was born on this day in 1914.
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.
Remembering Sleepy John Estes, who left earth on this day in 1977.
Happy birthday Memphis Minnie, who was born on this day in 1897.
Happy Birthday T-Bone Walker, Born on this day in 1910.
Remembering Jimmie Rodgers, who left earth on this day in 1933.
Remembering Charlie Poole, who left earth on this day in 1931.
A day late getting this post on here.
Happy Birthday Blind Willie McTell, born May 5th, 1898, in McDuffie County, Georgia.
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.
Remembering Charlie or Charley Patton, often referred to as “Father of the Delta Blues” - Patton left earth on this day in 1934.
Happy Birthday Bessie Smith, who was born on this day, 1894, in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Happy Birthday McKinley Morganfield, best known as Muddy Waters. born on this very day in 1913.
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.