West Ashley Street Blues—in Jacksonville, Florida?

Blind Blake and Jacksonville, a historic stop along the blues music trail

Image of Blind Blake from popular YouTube site RagtimeDorian Henry: youtu.be/D-YwCk6ANY4
Image of Blind Blake from popular YouTube site RagtimeDorian Henry: youtu.be/D-YwCk6ANY4

In discussions about the stomping grounds of early blues musicians, Mississippi, Chicago, and Memphis are cited as havens for the birth of the first blues wave.

Delta blues arising by the waters of the Mississippi river. The swinging, big band style of Chicago. The intricate, bouncing notes of the Piedmont blues. Blues in other areas aren’t discussed as much, although the genre touched many different communities in the United States. Continue reading “West Ashley Street Blues—in Jacksonville, Florida?”

Via Bradenton Blues Fest, meet Mojohand who makes blues pop in more ways than one

An ad for the Bradenton Blues Festival in Florida popped up on my Facebook feed, and I checked out the comments. Someone remarked the promo poster for the festival looked nice, and it happened that the artist who did the poster saw the comment too. The artist gave a link to his website, Mojohand, and I followed that. Talk about blues art. I was, as is sometimes said in the South, like a rabbit in a briar patch. Continue reading “Via Bradenton Blues Fest, meet Mojohand who makes blues pop in more ways than one”

Red Dirt Larue: From self-released album to more than a million record sales

Stoney Larue Twitter
Image: Stoney Larue on Twitter (@stoneylarue)

Once I learned about Red Dirt music, I wanted to know more. So I spent some time listening to some of the top figures in that genre. A Facebook friend turned me on to Stoney Larue.

Larue is considered one of the top musicians in this genre, and he’s seen success many indie musicians dream about. Larue went from self-releasing an album in 2002 (Downtown) to selling more than a million records.

Larue’s website said he plays more than 200 shows each year.

What makes him special?  Continue reading “Red Dirt Larue: From self-released album to more than a million record sales”

Belated birthday hat tip to legendary bluesman Robert Johnson

Gibson Robert Johnson L-1
Gibson Guitars paid homage to Johnson with the release of the Robert Johnson L-1. (Via Wikipedia/Sebby 123)

Ditties written for pop culture of the moment may not last, but real art lasts forever. When it comes to legendary bluesman Robert Johnson, his music definitely lasted.

Johnson’s birthday was May 8, so this brief is a hat tip to his talent. The guitarist was born May 8, 1911. He lived to be only 27 years old, dying in 1938. His story is one like so many others of his era—born in humble circumstances, managing to rise above them with his talent, but dying too young.

Mystery surrounds his life and his death. Continue reading “Belated birthday hat tip to legendary bluesman Robert Johnson”