R.I.P. Johnny Winter~~Texas Blues Legend


I started hearing rumors on the interwebs last night that Johnny Winter had died, but couldn’t find any confirmation until this morning.

At the age of 70, he was still playing and rocking in a world tour. He will be missed and mourned by many.

I first became aware of Johnny and his younger brother Edgar when I was fifteen years old in the summer of 1966. I was on a long summer driving vacation with my parents and middle brother. We had driven down to S.La. to visit relatives in and around Baton Rouge and NOLA. While my parents went into Pat O’Brien’s we sat on the curb outside Preservation Hall listening to those great old jazz musicians while munching corn on the cob.

We then drove across to the Mississippi coast, staying in Gulfport for a few days and visiting the surrounding area, drove up through Starkville and Hattiesburg, then made it to Vicksburg and visited the park and war memorial.

From there we drove down to Houston to visit with my oldest brother, who was on a full ride at UofH as a QB. He was happy to be with us all again in his environment and invited us all to join him at his favorite night club, the Act III, that night to see this amazing band with two albino brothers.

Being under age, my parents had to do some fast and smooth talking to get my brother and I inside. Once inside we had a big table to accommodate us and many of my big bruh’s friends who came by.

I had never been inside a night club/bar before and was quite wide-eyed, observing how every one behaved and interacted, but mostly I couldn’t take my eyes off of the two brothers playing their hearts out.

To this day I can still visualize that night and Johnny wailing on his guitar. I was not surprised with his becoming famous just a few years later.

Day by day, the iconic musicians of my youth are leaving us.

Be at peace, Johnny, you will always be remembered.

*Johnny’s WIKI page.*

Fantastic piece at Gibson Guitar, Johnny Winter Remembered.

The Blues is Alright

I grew up in Jackson, MS aka the Crossroads of the South, the home of MALACO Records and their homegrown label, Chimneyville Records.

King Floyd’s “Groove Me” was a huge hit for the label in the early 70’s, and it was kind of cool to know that R&B hits were recorded just down the street, and even cooler to say one of your friends played background horns for King Floyd, or Jean Knight’s “Mister Big Stuff”, Little Milton’s “The Blues is Alright”, and my personal favorite — any of a half dozen tunes from ZZ Hill including this nugget “Someone Else Been Stepping In.”

The magic behind Malaco, the “Creole Beethoven”,  passed away almost two years ago. RIP Wardell. You made a difference

SRV: Life Without You

Highsteppin’ and Fancy Dancing

When you’re looking at the world and you’re wondering what’s wrong with everything but you.

Wake Up!

Live from Memphis ………

Dixie Diner

Back in the days when WZZQ was helping to make a star out of Dan Fogelberg, another relatively unknown band was earning a lot of local air-play. And deservedly so: The Highsteppers were a powerful blend of hard-driving Dixie-flavored bluesrock with a sound that rivaled Little Feat for pure intensity. And nobody does intensity like Larry Raspberry.

Larry says: “From our Movie Jive Assp, This was Filmed in Austin, Tx, Larry Raspberry,(Guitar,piano vocals)Carol Sue Ferrante,Raspberry (Vocals, Piano)Rocky Berretta,(Bass)Greg “Fingers” Taylor,(Piano Harp Vocals)Joe Mulherin (Trumpet Vocals),Jerry McKinney (Sax), Bill Marshall (Drums Vocals)”

Hot sweet potatoes and cracklin’ bread. Mulligan stew that’ll turn a rich man’s head…

C’mon down to the Dixie Diner y’all.

Last of the delta bluesmen

David Honeyboy Edwards, the “Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen” has died. This morning Monday August 29, 2011, about 3 am while resting peacefully at home, Honeyboy moved on to blues heaven.

This picture was taken in West Point at the dedication of the Howlin Wolf Statue downtown….Rest in peace, sir… you were a fine blues gentleman…

h/t cousin Dee

Remembering Stevie Ray



Posted on August 26, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Updated today at 12:46 PM

Twenty years ago, guitar legend and Austin icon Stevie Ray Vaughan was doing what he did best.

On August 26, 1990, the Grammy winner was on stage playing to 30,000 fans, but that show would be his last.

“We were at the top of our game. It was kind of like an understanding in the band that everyone gave 110 percent every time you got up there, no excuses”, said Tommy Shannon, bassist for Double Trouble.

Stevie Ray Vaughan moved to Austin in 1971, and changed the local music scene.

At that time, Shannon couldn’t imagine a world without his band leader. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble were hot, and playing to a sold-out crowd at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in Wisconsin along with Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, and Buddy Guy.

“The magic of it was those two days with Eric, Eric Clapton. We were staying in Chicago. I had a good talk with Stevie after that last show. Everybody was feeling great. We were glad for what we had, what we had come through, and that we were all in great shape. We liked each other, loved each other, loved our band,” said drummer Chris Layton.

But the band and music would forever change that night.

Layton remembers this conversation with Vaughan, “He said, ‘I’m going’ and I said ‘goin where?’ He said ‘I’m goin back to Chicago. They offered me a seat on one of the helicopters to go back’. I said ‘why are you leaving?’ Everybody was there; his brother, his sister-in-law, management, all this different family. And he said he was going to go back and call his girlfriend in New York, and I said, ‘They got phones all over the place,’ and he said, ‘I gotta…I gotta go…I’m going to go.'”

Then early the next morning, they got the news no one wanted to hear. “He said one of the helicopters, the one Stevie was on went down and there were no survivors. And I have no words to describe what that moment was like”, said Shannon.

The members of Double Trouble rarely talk about that night. The pain still makes it difficult.

Koko Taylor has died

from CNN:
Taylor was born Cora Walton and picked up the nickname “Koko” because of her love of chocolate as a child. She also displayed a love of singing from an early age.

She was 80 years old.


h/t no2liberals

Friday Night Jam

Friday night in Nuke-world: aka “Down in Mississippi”

hat tip to our pal RT. He has some fine pickin’ going on over at the Reserve.

Monday Night Jam

Gone Home.

Sunday Night Prep For “Blues Monday!”

Gary Moore ‘Still Has The Blues,” and in a few hours, so will we all, when Monday morning arrives.
Here’s hoping everyone has a blessed week.

Left click on the video image, it will open another window with the youtube video, and you can then click on the small box at the bottom of the video frame, and view the video in full screen. It does look much better.


MLK Day in Mississippi.

This is B.B. King

Matchbox Blues

Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
The good stuff for a rainy Sunday night.

Nite y’all.

Leave her alone

SRV and his strat…

This is an open thread for your commenting, ranting, viewing, shouting, and track-backing pleasure.
Use them together, use them in peace.

Floods mess with Texas


Heavy rains and high winds belted parts of the state early Tuesday, causing flooding, forcing street closures and damaging houses and other structures…

Gov. Rick Perry has ordered search and rescue teams to be at a high state of readiness to provide rapid responses when necessary, according to a state emergency situation report.

The severe weather shows no sign of letting up, according to the National Weather Service.

Hang in there, y’all.

Here’s SRV live from the Mocambo Room, doing Texas Flood.

Sunday Nite SRV

Because not just anyone can wear a purple zoot suit with a funky hat and do a song about Mary Had a Little Lamb, and make it sound like a million bucks.

Nite y’all

Friday Nite Blues

Hot sweet potatoes, and cracklin’ bread,   Mulligan stew to turn a rich man’s head.

Salt pork and turnip greens, Lawd, there’s nothin’ finer,

Than sittin’ down eatin’ at the Dixie Diner

(located somewhere on Hwy 61)

nite y’all

and a tip of the hat to Larry Raspberry and the Highsteppers.

Sunday Nite Axe

Put your hands together for Mr. Buddy Guy

nite y’all

Thursday nite at the Red House

Satch, Vai, and Johnson.

nite y’all

Tuesday Blues


Little Zion Cemetery, north of Greenwood, Mississippi, on the Money Road. This is the location that most historians and experts believe is the true final resting place of Robert Johnson. Rosie Eskridge, a member of Little Zion Church stated her husband dug the grave for Johnson and has pinpointed the spot where he was buried under a pecan tree.

Photo and caption courtesy of Terrains of the Heart

Mid-week Guitar Lessons

from SRV.   Enjoy!

It’s A Red House Open Thread!

A little traveling music, maestro!

Gingrich the father of Anna Nicole’s Baby? — Fox News Alert

Update #4: “I told you so!”

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) – Larry Birkhead is the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby, according to DNA tests, and the late reality TV star’s former boyfriend emerged from a court hearing Tuesday to proclaim that his daughter would soon be home.

Update #3: “The nude photospread at the link on the first Update will prove without a doubt the fact that I am speaking truth to power.” Blogger Nuke Gingrich’s latest comments come amid charges that his “denial” of being Anna Nicole’s Baby-daddy is in fact a cynical attempt to drive up traffic at his award-winning website. “That’s just ridiculous. There is no evidence to support those charges. I cannot imagine anyone using poor Anna Nicole like that. This photospread is proof positive that I am not the father of Danielynn. Do you see me in any of those photos? I rest my case”

Update #2: “Just give me what I want, and I’ll go away.” Right Wing Blogger Nuke Gingrich has reportedly changed his mind….”I want the house in the Bahamas.”

Update: Planck’s constant has a flicker photospread of anna nicole (sans clothing) in his sidebar. [Welcome WordPress Blog of the day — thank you readers. ]


Conservative blogger Nuke Gingrich came forward today and announced that he is not the father of Anna Nicole’s baby, Danielynn Hope.

“There is absolutely no truth to the rumor”, Nuke said, “And I have no idea how the rumor started. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even know it was a rumor.”

annanic.jpgAs the looming custody battle heated up, “ Smith’s mother flew to the Bahamas on Saturday to check on the child, but the big question — the identity of the baby’s father — will be decided in a courtroom.” Source

384433538_64963497cc1.jpgNukegingrich, known for his insightful news and comment, and his dry sense of humor, wondered aloud how such a rumor could get started. “Well, after n2l got two straight Top 50 Blog of the day posts, I guess I uhmm, somebody figured they had better do something to attract the search engine bots, this being such a hot story and the cable news networks are all Nicole all the time.”

Thinking about excercise is good for you? Works for me!

Late Nite Stevie Ray

Dirty Pool

have a great weekend y’all.

Bulldozin’ Bluesman

3_john-horton2.jpgJohn Horton III is sitting in the cab of his bulldozer on a cool early December morning in Swift Water, Miss. As the Aqua Farms crew rebuilds a catfish pond, he rehearses alone on his harmonica for the upcoming weekend’s performance. Only the harmonica and his name, in neat cursive just above the breast pocket of his dark-blue uniform, indicate that Horton is an accomplished blues musician.

“I’m a hoss,” the 46-year-old Horton tells me. “I would work between 50 and 100 hours a week. I’ve been bulldozing for 15 years, and no one has anything on me. I can brag about my bulldozing now. That’s my thing. To just play music, I’d have to travel, and I’m not too crazy about travelin’. I’m not goin’ to be braggin’ about my music, though. Sometimes I have to hurry out of my uniform and into my suit with my brim. People don’t believe it because of the way I can play. They say, ‘This guy’s good.’ The bulldozing is good because then I don’t have to sit around wondering if somebody’s going to show up or if somebody’s late.”

Influenced by the recordings of Howlin’ Wolf and Albert King, Horton often spends time on Walnut Street, the famed live music street in Greenville, Miss., “takin’ notes very seriously and thinkin’ about any difficulties I ran into.”

In the third month of performing live, when he was in his early twenties, nerves overwhelmed the musician, so he went to the bar and drank several glasses of gin. Horton passed out two songs into the performance. Ever since, he’s tried to stay away from some of the extreme behavior with which other blues artists have struggled.

“When I came back from Louisiana in ‘87,” Horton says, “everybody had a habit: dope, crack, whatever else. It just made me sick so I had to quit the whole scene. After a couple of months, people had told me I had to come back. I was playing at home one night, and I asked myself, ‘Why waste that talent?’ So I started back performing.”

Since the 1980s, he has opened for B.B. King and Willie Milton, toured New Zealand for two-and-a-half months and developed an uncommon 18-year relationship with a Gibson Flying V guitar named Lilly Mae. Overseas, audiences were so amazed by how tight Horton’s three-piece band was, it was bad for business. “They wouldn’t get up to go to the bar,” he says before bursting into laughter.

“John has a good feel for the blues,” Billy Smiley, Horton’s bassist for 15 years, tells me. “He’s good at improvising, and he has a lot of fun. He’s well known for that Flying V. That’s just not something you see a lot in traditional blues.”

“When I took it to a shop,” Horton recounts, “they knew it was Lilly Mae. Nobody plays that. I think I bought it for $180. Once a guy I play with, Tim, heard it. He was using a $2,000 Les Paul. After about two songs, he was asking to use my guitar. Not all the guitars made by this company have this sound. Only one in a hundred.”

read it all at Jackson Free Press

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