Category Archives: Posts with Video

These posts contain embedded links to a YouTube video(s) with a musical soundtrack that is (somehow) related to the topic of the post.

Rewriting The Record For The Electric Guitar Again

One sentence. “On September 23-25, 1935, Leon McAuliffe, a brilliant player from Tulsa, Oklahoma, whose phrasing could have well influenced Charlie Christian, featured both electric steel and electrically amplified Spanish guitar on the first recordings of Bob Wills’s Texas Playboys.” … Continue reading

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Sparklers: “Autumn Leaves” by Kenny Burrell

This is a new category here at sixstr stories. It will feature recordings of outstanding performances by noteworthy guitarists – or outstanding guitarists giving noteworthy performances –  for your listening pleasure. It was inspired by whatever god oversees the shuffle … Continue reading

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Rewriting The Record For The Electric Guitar

The book was called: Discography Of Western Swing And Hot String Bands, 1928-1942 by Cary Ginell and Kevin Coffey. It had been published in 2001. I found it one afternoon a few months ago in the Performing Arts Reading Room, … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Sara Carter

Sara Carter was born Sara Elizabeth Dougherty on this day, July 21, in 1898, just north of Copper Creek, Wise County, Virginia. She was one of five children born to William Sevier and Nancy Elizabeth (Kilgore) Dougherty. One day when … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: “Bull Frog Moan”

Lonnie Johnson and Eddie Lang needed another side. How so? Well… In 1929, the standard format for the commercial release of recordings was a flat disc made of shellac resin and measuring 10 inches in diameter. The 78 RPM playback … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: “A Handful Of Riffs” & “Blue Guitars”

On Wednesday, May 8, 1929, Blues guitarist Lonnie Johnson and Jazz guitarist Eddie Lang returned to the OKeh Records studio at 11 Union Square in New York City. Having cut “Guitar Blues” – their third duet – the day before … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: “Guitar Blues”

In the late 1920’s, Blues guitarist Lonnie Johnson and Jazz guitarist Eddie Lang recorded ten landmark duets. Lonnie and Eddie recorded their first two duets – “Two Tone Stomp” and “Have To Change Keys (To Play These Blues)” – on November … Continue reading

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No. 8

sixstr stories was born on Sunday, April 18, 2010 in Somerville, Massachusetts. I was visiting my daughter and casually mentioned to her that I was thinking of starting a blog. (At the time, she had a blog.) Before I knew … Continue reading

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A Ballad Of The Blues & The Electric Guitar

Verse 1 I recently found a book at my local library: Talking Guitar: Conversations With Musicians Who Shaped Twentieth-Century American Music (2017) by Jas Obrecht. The first chapter in this extraordinary collection of interviews is titled: “Guitarchaeology: Setting The Stage.” In … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: “Sweetheart Land” & “It’s A Low Down Dirty Shame”

On March 1, 1938, singer/guitarist Big Bill Broonzy entered the NBC studios in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Broonzy was a popular Chicago-based Blues musician who’d cut his first record in 1927. The names of the musicians playing piano, tenor sax and … Continue reading

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