Although bluesman Johnny Shines is remembered today as a running buddy of the famous Robert Johnson, he was actually much more than a fellow traveler. Shines grew up in Tennessee, soaking up the Beale Street sound in Memphis learning at the foot of Howlin’ Wolf. He roamed depression era America for a couple of years in the mid 30’s with Johnson, before settling down in Chicago. After leaving the music business to work in the construction trade, Shines began performing and recording again during the so-called “blues revival” of the 1960’s. This recording finds him revisiting the Johnson years, playing in an evocative solo acoustic format and revisiting some of the older mans music. Shines music is
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Overview of Jump blues from Squeeze My Lemon
SqueezeMyLemon: King of the Whammy Bar (UK).
Singer Jesse Fortune, best known for his song, “Too Many Cooks”, (later successfully covered by Robert Cray), died literally onstage — somehow a fitting end for a great stage performer, but nonetheless sad news.
Cahl’s Juke Joint looks back at Rory Gallagher, a blues-rock legend from Ireland who influenced a generation of guitarists.
Cahl’s Juke Joint: A rock, blues and jazz blog: Rory Gallagher: ‘Tattoo’.
Great video overview of the folk standard known as “stack-o-lee” or “stagger lee”, which has been performed in many, many versions over the years. It’s a great example of songs which were passed along in the oral tradition, in an era when mass communication was rare, and folk stories often were the primary source of history:
SqueezeMyLemon: Old Stack-O-lee Blues.
Karen Hanson tips us off on an exhibit currently at Chicago’s African-American history museum:
TODAY’S CHICAGO BLUES: Blues Exhibit Now at DuSable Museum.
Nice obit tribute to one of the most influential musicians and producers around.
Cahl’s Juke Joint: RIP, Jim Dickinson.