Category Archives: Random Topics

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This Historic Month In The World of Guitar

April is “International Guitar Month.” Ok, but I’ve got five very good reasons why I think March should get that honor. They are: Doc Watson, Wes Montgomery, Mississippi John Hurt, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Eric Clapton. Why those five? Each of … Continue reading

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Finding Covers – “Oh Babe It Ain’t No Lie”

I’ve been a big fan of Gillian Welch & David Rawlings since I first heard them perform in August 2004 as part of The Sweet Harmony Traveling Revue. The last time I was fortunate enough to see them in concert … Continue reading

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“Johnny B. Goode” – Who(?), What, When(?) & Where

Last week, I was putting together a “This Historic Day In Music” post to celebrate the anniversary of something good that happened on a January 6: the recording of “Johnny B. Goode.” At least I thought that January 6, 1958, … Continue reading

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“Christmas In The Trenches”

“Christmas In The Trenches” is a song by John McCutcheon. It is the fictionalized but masterfully rendered telling of the very real events that took place on Christmas Eve in 1914 between British and German troops on the battlefields of … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: “Sweet Home Chicago”

“Oh, baby, don’t you want to go?” If you were to make a list of “standard” Blues songs, “Sweet Home Chicago” would definitely be among the top ten. I can’t, however, think of any song on that list with roots … Continue reading

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Dear Boston Red Sox,

Thanks for a great season! (O = a win, X = a loss.) Wait’ll next year! In the meantime, here’s a great rendering of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” by guitarists Doc & Merle Watson, with T. Michael Coleman … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Chuck Berry

If you wouldn’t mind, read the next two lines out loud. “Well, I’m a write a little letter, I’m go’n mail it to my local DJ. Yes it’s a jumpin’ little record I want my jockey to play.” Good! Now … Continue reading

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Charlie Watts

Tuesday, August 24, 2021. The text came in from my son at 1:02 pm. “RIP charlie watts! Sad news” Rather stunned, I quickly replied: “Oh no! Very sad news!” The first article that appeared on the news feed on my … Continue reading

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Maura & Nanci

As I remember it, I had the tv on one afternoon while I was doing some chores around the house. When the chores were done, I picked up the remote and did some quick channel surfing… until I came upon … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Charlie Christian – Take 3

Oklahoma Jazz musician and electric guitarist Charlie Christian turned the nationally renowned Benny Goodman Quintet into a Sextet on August 16, 1939. Over the course of the next twenty-three months, Charlie’s dazzling contributions to the many live performances, recordings and radio … Continue reading

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