Peter Green & Eddie Boyd – The Stroller

At the time that Eddie Boyd joined the 1965 American Folk Blues Festival tour of Europe he had been playing professionally for more than thirty years.  He had recorded his first session as a leader almost twenty-years earlier and in the ensuing decades had released records on nine different labels.  The labels had become progressively […]

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A History of ‘Homework’ – Part 1

A History of ‘Homework’ – Part 1

Worst.  Blog. Title.  Ever. I know, I know – but I wanted to write about the Otis Rush classic and some of it’s many, many covers over the years. Having had a single released under his own name (apparently the label’s last, although I don’t think the two are related) in 1961, Al Perkins’ luck […]

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The Roots of Danny Kirwan’s ‘Like Crying’

Jigsaw Puzzle Blues – On March 04, 2020, Ismael Flores added another piece to the puzzle when he posted this incredible find on the Danny Kirwan (Original Fleetwood Mac) Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/939494226089879/: Buddy Boy Hawkins – Shaggy Dog Blues – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP355jAGyaY Hawkins is something of a musical apparition; although we know what he looked like, […]

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Classic Singles – Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac’s Debut Part 2 –

The B-Side: ‘Rambling Pony’ The fourteen-year difference in age between John Mayall and the nineteen-year-old Peter Green at the time of Green’s joining The Bluebreakers was a lifetime in terms of life experience. Green moved into the same apartment block as Mayall on Portchester Road in Bayswater, west London, and the two bonded over Mayall’s […]

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Classic Singles – Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac’s Debut Part 1 –

The A-Side: ‘I Believe My Time Ain’t Long’ Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac made their public debut on August 13, 1967 at the 7th Annual Jazz, Pop, Ballads & Blues Festival at the Royal Windsor Racecourse in Windsor, Berkshire. Although attendance for the Sunday shows are estimated at about 15,000, the band would truly introduce themselves […]

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4 Versions of ‘Thirteen Women’

A couple of weeks ago, I was researching a Little Richard song, studiously following various links, when, like a dog spotting a squirrel, one band name caught my eye: The Renegades.  I had never heard of them before. A photo showed the quartet in American Civil War era calvary uniforms on stage and with hair […]

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Fleetwood Mac – Live at Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland

April 23, 1970 The April eleventh 1970 edition of the New Musical Express announced the break-up of Fleetwood Mac under the headline, “Mac Leader Quits – Peter Green Leaving on May 25”; Green may have stated his intention to leave, but he would be exceedingly busy during those last six weeks with contractual obligations. They […]

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Wolf Tracks –

‘How Many More Years’ / ‘No Place to Go’ / ‘You Gonna Wreck My Life’ Chester Burnett’s first record, ‘Moanin’ At Midnight’ backed with ‘How Many More Years’, was recorded by Sam Phillips at the Memphis Recording Studio in Tennessee in July of 1951.  It was a rare two-sided hit with ‘How Many More Years’ […]

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Songlines – ‘Have You Ever Had the Blues’

This is the first of what I hope will be an ongoing series where we can explore a song as it evolves through other artists’ interpretations. If a number is fortunate enough to be huge hit upon release, it may garner a large number of covers right away.  Most times, an artist releases a song […]

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Guest Blog – Musician Andrew Kastner: his early years / his friendship with Peter Green and the up-coming release of “The Act Featuring Peter Green – Live from the Boston Tea Party 1970”

Richard Orlando: As for so many musicians, The Beatles’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show put Andrew Kastner on the path to a career in music Andrew Kastner: My mom came from a musical creative family in Germany and so I think it was in my DNA.  I played Piano for a year in […]

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