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.
A fascinating read and listen …
Bobby “Blue” Bland. b. January 27, 1930
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
Blues legend Etta James ~ b. January 25, 1938
There’s no mistaking that voice. Robert Palmer ~ b. January 19, 1949 …
b. January 19, 1943
When you feel your heart is breakingThe Black Crowes, By Your Side
When all your friends are faking
When its giving and no taking
I will be 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.
December 31, 1930 ~ Blues and folk singer Odetta is born Odetta Holmes in Birmingham, Alabama. Named the “Queen of American folk music” by Martin Luther King Jr., Odetta sings “O Freedom” at the 1963 March on Washington.