Songlines: ‘Me and My Telephone’ / ‘The World Keep On Turning’

Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis and Peter Green 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 Mac – The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions 1967 – 1969”, Peter Green mentions him as one of the musicians that […]

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Addendum / Songlines: ‘Need your Love so Bad’

I recently had cause to take another look into Fleetwood Mac’s recording of ‘Need Your Love So Bad’ and the amount of information that is available now, as compared to what I had been able to cobble together when writing my books, (going back more than twenty years ago) is striking. The new information, while […]

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Remembering Otis Spann

Otis Spann w/ FM ‘Ain’t Nobody’s Business’ Otis Spann was born on March 21, 1930 into a musical family (his mother played guitar, his father, piano), in Jackson, Mississippi.  His informal schooling on piano began around the age of eight, under the supervision of a local musician named Friday Ford. By fourteen he was playing […]

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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: 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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Spotlight: On Danny Kirwan

Part 1 Mike Vernon first spotted Kirwan, all of seventeen at the time, playing guitar in a trio called Boilerhouse, with Trevor Stevens on bass and Dave Terrey on drums, “…I seem to remember him playing this Watkins beginner guitar yet making these wild sounds that reminded me in a way of Lowell Fulson… I […]

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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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