20 posts in category Influences & Inspirations

Otis Rush’s ‘Homework’ – Part 1 – Origins

Influential guitarist Bill Jennings wrote and recorded a jazzy ballad called ‘Have You Ever Had the Blues’ with Juanita Lenoir in 1955, (the record, ...

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Roots and Branches – ‘Woke Up This Morning (My Baby She Was Gone)’ to ‘Rollin’ Man’

Special thanks to Jimmy Dukes for bringing this to my attention – Recorded in December of 1952, B.B. King’s ‘Woke Up this Morning (My Baby She Was ...

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Peter Green and the Sonny Boys, I & II Part II

Part I featured Green performing a song by the second Sonny Boy Williamson; Part II takes a look at his version of a rather obscure number by the original ...

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Peter Green and the Sonny Boys I & II – Part I

Peter Green is rightfully considered one of the greatest guitarists to come out of the British Blues scene of the mid-to-late sixties but as we celebrate his ...

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B. B. King – A Celebration of his life and music

Early in 2008, eighty-two-year-old B.B. King, an age at which most performers have either long since retired or a simply coasting on their laurels, went into ...

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Bukka White – The Roots of ‘Do You Give a Damn For Me’

A few months ago, I got an e-mail from a PeterT who was writing to inform me that in an earlier blog about ‘Show-Biz Blues’ https://smilingcorgipress.com...

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Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis – ‘The World Keep on Turning’

The first time that I came across the name Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis was in 1999; in a conversation with Mike Vernon printed in the booklet to “Fleetwood ...

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Celebrating the Music of Otis Rush and His Influence on British Blues – Part II

Rush had a tremendous impact on the guitarists of the burgeoning British Blues boom in the mid to late sixties and these two essays look at few of the cover ...

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Celebrating the Music of Otis Rush and His Influence on British Blues – Part One

Otis Rush was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi on April 29, 1934.  He moved with his family to Chicago at the age of fourteen and got his break twelve years ...

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Peter Green Guest Session: ‘Ah! Soul’ / ‘Uranus’

In October of 1969, Bob Brunning asked Peter Green if he would be interested in joining the Brunning Sunflower Band in the studio to cut a few tracks for their ...

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