Turn Your Lamp Down Low (Baby Please Don’t Go)

April 4, 1913 Happy Birthday Muddy Waters!

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Muddy Waters is in the top tier of all blues men.  He’s who Mick Jagger learned from – in fact the Stones are named for a Muddy Waters song Rolling Stone.  You can find some great footage of Muddy and Mick singing together on youtube. I’m glad to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Muddy Waters’ birth by singing one of the blues he recorded.

I can’t believe I’ve done 362 days in a row of this series and have only 3 more days to go to complete the year!  Actually though I think I’m doing an extra day – I must have lost count someplace along the way because I started on April 7th and where I am now with the count, labeling most days under my picture, it winds up that day 365 will end up on April 7th.  Shouldn’t day 365 end up on April 6th?  Oh well, one for good luck.

And i will start my new weekly series of one original tune a week when I’m done with my daily series.  Not sure what day that will be but this might be a good time to subscribe to the blog (there’s an email link on the side to the right) so you won’t miss my updates.  I know that would just devastate you!

It’s going to get hectic soon because we’re getting into gig season and I’m working on the Willie & the Swagga album and I’m going to have a record release party and Claudia should be finishing her novel by this summer and we got big plans!  Lotsa big plans so stay tuned!

more tomorrow!

Give Me One Reason

March 30, 1964 Happy Birthday Tracy Chapman!

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We spent a couple of hours at the Bronx Zoo today and saw snow leopards, red pandas, baboons, birds, a crane, tigers, peacocks and some awesome brown bears wrestling and a polar bear playing with his red ball in the water.  Good exercise, too, walking those trails and climbing stairs and a loooooong ramp up to the bird house.

When I got home I had to nap.  Thats what a wild afternoon will do to me!

I couldn’t decide for today’s song whether to play guitar or piano and Dylan said, “play both,” so I did.  I’m a regular one man band.  Happy Birthday Tracy Chapman.   i have to mention that today is Eric Clapton’s bithday too!

Here’s the song, Give Me One Reason, and now I’m going back to working on Willie & the Swagga vocals.  At some point I will get them right.  Soon I think.


Kansas City

March 21, 2011 Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins dies.

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Pinetop Perkins was playing boogie piano until he was 97 years old – up until just a few months before he died.  I have a record of his and it’s all scratched up in one place cause back in the old days when pianists like me wanted to steal someone’s riffs we kept dragging the needle back over the same lick over and over to learn. Now with digital it’s a lot easier to study!

For today’s song I picked Kansas City which is one of the many songs Pinetop recorded during his long career!

I had a couple of Stingers  over to record some top 40 songs tonight and I’m really surprised the neighbors didn’t freak out. We were loud, loud, loud!


Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning

February 22, 1994 American blues violinist Papa John Creach dies.

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My all time favorite band in high school was Hot Tuna which was the rhythm section for Jefferson Airplane, and their fiddle player was Papa John Creach who played low down dirty blues. My friend Mark knew every word, every riff, he lived and breathed Hot Tuna.  Sometime’s it’s more fun watching an all out fan sing the songs instead of watching the real artist on stage. I always watch the crowd at concerts so i can tell who the real fans are and who are just tourists.

Heading off to the Poconos tomorrow. I wish it would warm up!

Oh well, the fireplace will be crack-a-lackin.

And the lamps will be trimmed and burning!

Here ya go, for Today in Music, a little bit of Hot Tuna.


Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness If I Do

January 22, 1931 Happy Birthday Sam Cooke!

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I love Sam Cooke and sing his material all the time.  When I saw it was his birthday today I looked through a list of all the songs he’d recorded and chose Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness!  And then I had to wikipedia the song because I always thought it was Taint Nobody’s… and then there was the business or bizness or biz-ness discrepancy in the title.  Well apparently its been titled several different ways!  so confusing.

I actually wanted to sing A Change is Gonna Come but this darn laryngitis is kicking my butt and I had to pick an easier song.

hey, so I’m at the Red Lion tonight with the Stingers.  It’s 19 degrees out at the moment so I think coming on in from the cold into the best bar on Bleecker Street would be a good idea.  We start around 10.  See you there!