Susan Tedeschi on why the blues means a lot to her right now

I discovered people like Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor, Etta James, Johnny “Guitar” Watson and B.B. King all just playing the heck out of their guitar and singing their faces off. If it wasn’t for blues and gospel, I don’t think I would be who I am.

Source: Susan Tedeschi on why the blues means a lot to her right now

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The Allman Brothers Band 

Released November 4, 1969 ~ The debut album from The Allman Brothers Band turns 50. Legendary rock writer Lester Bangs called the album “consistently … subtle, and honest, and moving,” describing the band as “a white group who’ve transcended their schooling to produce a volatile blues-rock sound of pure energy, inspiration and love.”Everything changed after that first listen. It remains my favorite from The Allman Brothers Band.

And the world is eerily quiet 

October 4, 1970 ~

Janis is found dead at the Landmark Hotel in Los Angeles after a heroin overdose. She was just 27.

Janis and the Full Tilt Boogie Band were working on the Pearl album and were almost finished. The band put down the tracks for “Buried Alive In The Blues” and Janis planned to do the vocals the next day. The Pearl album in released on January 12, 1971.  “Buried Alive In The Blues” is left on as an instrumental, and “Mercedes Benz,” a song Joplin recorded on a lark her last night alive, is included a capella. The album goes to #1 in America, as does the single “Me And Bobby McGee.”

Pearl 

October 3, 1970 ~
Janis and the Full Tilt Boogie Band are working on the Pearl album and are almost finished. The band put down the tracks for “Buried Alive In The Blues” and Janis planned to do the vocals the next day. Sadly, the next day Janis is found dead at the Landmark Hotel in Los Angeles after a heroin overdose. She was just 27.

Pearl is released on January 11, 1971.  It’s #122 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.