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‘Blue Muse,’ A Book, Album And Exhibit From Photographer Tim Duffy : NPR

Tim Duffy started Music Maker Relief Foundation to support blues musicians lost to time and poverty. He’s also photographed their portraits for a new book, compilation album and museum exhibition.

Source: ‘Blue Muse,’ A Book, Album And Exhibit From Photographer Tim Duffy : NPR

A fascinating read and listen …

The King of The Slide Guitar

Elmore James ~ born on January 27, 1918.

He was inspired by the local performances of Robert Johnson to take up the guitar. In fact, it was a number by Johnson (“Dust My Broom”) that became James’ signature song and laid the foundation for his recording career. First cut by James in August 1951, “Dust My Broom” contains the strongest example of his stylistic signature: a swooping, full-octave opening figure on slide guitar. His influence went beyond that one riff, however, as he has been credited with practically inventing blues rock by virtue of energizing primal riffs with a raw, driving intensity.

The Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame

By Your Side

When you feel your heart is breaking
When all your friends are faking
When its giving and no taking
I will be by your side

The Black Crowes, By Your Side

The Black Crowes go back to their roots on January 12, 1999 with “By Your Side.”

I remember a music critic from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal — Gemma Tarlach — calling it “good, dirty fun.” She nailed it.