Eddie Boyd –

Cuby + The Blizzards and Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac Eddie Boyd was already a veteran bluesman when he first went to Europe as a performer with the American Folk Blues Festival ’65.  He had first recorded under his own name in 1947 and when a successful but often contentious seven-year stint with Chess records ended […]

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Review: Fleetwood Mac in Chicago January 4 TH 1969 The Legendary Chess Blues Sessions – (Schiffer Publishing 2022) Jeff Lowenthal and Robert Schaffner

“Sherman, set the controls on the Way Back Machine to Chicago, the Chess Studios, January fourth, 1969” All books, whether fiction or non-fiction serve as “time machines”, allowing us to vicariously experience the ancient, or recent past; speculative futures or imagined worlds and realms. “Fleetwood Mac in Chicago January 4 TH 1969 – The Legendary […]

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Addendum: The Roots of ‘Do You Give a Damn For Me’ – Bukka White’s ‘Aberdeen, Mississippi Blues’

A few years back, I got an e-mail from a Peter T. who was writing to inform me that in an earlier blog about various covers of ‘Show-Biz Blues’ https://smilingcorgipress.com/remembering-rory-gallagher-2/ I had neglected to mention that Peter Green’s original performance of the number owed a debt to Bukka White’s ‘Aberdeen, Mississippi Blues’.  And while I […]

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Addendum: Danny Kirwan – The Boilerhouse Acetates Part 4 –

‘Silly Mean Old World’ & ‘Tell Me Mama’ The last two titles that Boilerhouse recorded are both variations of existing songs. T-Bone Walker’s ‘Mean Old World’ recorded in 1942 but not released until 1945, is considered a milestone in the history of electric guitar. It was covered by B.B. King in 1964 and by Otis […]

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Addendum: Danny Kirwan – The Boilerhouse Acetates Part Two – The Live Set-List

Addendum: Danny Kirwan – The Boilerhouse Acetates Part Two – The Live Set-List

The background to these recordings, Boilerhouse the band, and a review of ‘Something Inside of Me’ can be found here: https://smilingcorgipress.com/tag/boiler-house/ Along with rare photos of the band (courtesy of Trevor Stevens and Peter Moody) one of the illustrations accompanying Christopher Hjort’s in-depth liner notes is a reproduction of a hand written Boilerhouse set list. […]

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Addendum: Previously unreleased performance of ‘I Have To Laugh’

In March of 2022, Dutch Greenologist Gert Jan Kuiper tipped me off to two compilations of Fleetwood Mac BBC recordings that were recently posted to YouTube. The first, posted March 01, 2022 was titled “Fleetwood Mac 1969-1970 Complete Unreleased BBC” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jNEeyqPXGA Consisting of sixteen titles, a few had in fact not been in wide circulation […]

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Addendum: Danny Kirwan – The Boilerhouse Acetates

Part One “Danny was outstanding – he had a guitar style that was totally unique.  I seem to remember him playing this Watkins beginner’s guitar and yet making these wild sounds that reminded me in a way of Lowell Fulson… I was desperate to record him but I didn’t think his band had what it […]

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Influences: Lightnin’ Slim

Peter Green – Trying So Hard To Forget Researching, writing, and revising (rinse and repeat) my books on the music of Peter Green took me well over ten years.  When I finally released them into the world to share with like-minded fans, it was the end of one phase and the beginning of another.  In […]

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Remembering Rory Gallagher

His Last Released Studio Recordings – Part 2 – ‘Showbiz Blues’ Prologue We know now that the song did not just spring spontaneously from Green fully formed; the beauty of it is that it sounds as if it did.  Over a six-month period, during the sessions for “Then Play On”, he kept circling back to […]

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