Stevie Ray 8/27/90

A helicopter crash claimed the world’s greatest blues-rock guitarist 24 years ago today.

Stevie Ray Vaughan was looking pretty rough his last few years on the planet: drugs and bad habits.  I think a helicopter crash was a much better way to go than an OD, or a suicide, or some other graceless exit that so many of our most talented seem to gravitate toward.

Here is a nice collection of tunes published by a fan on Youtube:  SRV – The Slow Blues

1. The Things That I Used To Do
2. Tin Pan Alley 04:57
3. Leave My Girl Alone 14:10
4. Riviera Paradise 18:29
5. Ain’t Gonna Give Up On Love 27:22
6. Life Without You 33:32
7. The Sky Is Crying 37:50
8. Little Wing 42:31
9. Texas Flood 49:24
10. Dirty Pool 54:48

R.I.P. Bobby Blue Bland

Another piece of the musical history of my youth has passed. He will be missed, though his music and his magnificent voice will live on.

A nice short piece on his life…BLUES GREAT BOBBY BLUE BLAND DEAD AT 83.

My deepest appreciation to Mr. Bland for sharing his gift of music with us, and my deepest condolences to his family and loved one’s.

*Post Script-This was my 300th post*

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

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