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.

This Historic Day In Music: Elizabeth Cotten – Take 4

“Take 4?!” That’s correct. Elizabeth Nevills Cotten was born on January 5, 1893, in Carrboro (right next to Chapel Hill), North Carolina. And the story of how little Elizabeth grew up to become a guitarist, singer, songwriter, performer and Grammy-award … Continue reading

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Old Long Since – Take 2

ICYWW (In Case You Were Wondering): This past November, I added a co-motto to my blog. “Good music doesn’t get old” by Ferdinand Joseph “Jelly Roll Morton” LaMothe, my original motto, was joined by a quote from Bruce Springsteen: “All valuable … Continue reading

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The New Possibility – Take 2

I started learning how to play the guitar because I thought it would provide a better accompaniment to my singing than playing the drums did. At the time, I had no idea that there was a way to play a … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: November 27, 1936, The Gunter Hotel, Rm.414, San Antonio, Texas – Take 2

On Friday, November 27, 1936, Robert Johnson, a 25-year-old Blues musician from Mississippi, had his third recording session for ARC Records. The location of these sessions was The Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. The ARC recording crew of A & … Continue reading

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Sparklers: “Doc’s Guitar” by Doc Watson

This is the second installment of my newest category here at sixstr stories. It features recordings of outstanding performances by noteworthy guitarists – or outstanding guitarists giving noteworthy performances –  for your listening pleasure. It is inspired by whatever god … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: “Guitar Blues”/”Guitar Rag” – Take 2

On November 2, 1923, Blues guitarist Sylvester Weaver sat in front of the large horn/”microphone” of the acoustic recording machine in the New York City studios of OKeh Records. He played and recorded two original instrumental guitar pieces that day: “Guitar Blues” and “Guitar Rag.” The resulting … Continue reading

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The Ballad of “Eight Days A Week”

(Ballad: “A poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas, or verses.”) Verse 1 Most likely it was in late September or on a day in very early October, 1964. Paul McCartney excitedly arrived at John Lennon’s house with … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: “Deep Minor Rhythm Stomp,” “Midnight Call Blues,” “Hot Fingers” & “Blue Room Blues”

On October 9, 1929, Blues guitarist Lonnie Johnson… …and Jazz guitarist Eddie Lang… …got together again in the New York City recording studios of OKeh Records to record what would prove to be the final four of their groundbreaking and … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Bruce Springsteen

Today is Bruce Springsteen’s 69th birthday. He was born on September 23, 1949, in Freehold, New Jersey; the first child and only son of Douglas and Adele (Zirilli) Springsteen. In commemorating this day, I extend to Bruce my best wishes … Continue reading

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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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