Clear your schedule for the next three hours. Choose three full albums, whether from your collection or your streaming service of choice. Put them in an ordered queue as though you were programming a triple feature.
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.
January 27, 1998 ~ Dixie Chicks release their fourth album — their first with Natalie Maines as lead singer. Wide Open Spaces becomes their break-through album garnering multiple Grammy Awards including “Best Country Album.”