Category Archives: Random Topics

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The First Record With A Fender

It was a Country record on the Capitol label. Released in July of 1950, Capitol Record #1124 was available in two formats: a 78 rpm 10″ shellac disc and the more modern 45 rpm 7″ vinyl “single.” “I’ll Never Be … Continue reading

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Opening Day 2020

Baseball – at least for now – is back! Yesterday – Thursday, July 23, 2020 – was the Official Opening Day of the 2020 American Major League Baseball Season. But today – Friday, July 24, 2020 – is Opening Day … Continue reading

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Mississippi John Hurt

The birthday of singer/guitarist Mississippi John Hurt has always been celebrated here at sixstr stories as having been on July 3, 1893. The first post commemorating the day appeared on July 3, 2010 under the heading “On This Day In … Continue reading

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“…beaten up, his guitar smashed…”

  “I want to tell you all about the way they treated me.” From: “If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day” by Robert Johnson   I’ve written about Robert Johnson before. I’ve written about the Mississippi Blues musician’s first recording … Continue reading

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“Waltz: My Home” – The Transcription

Since one of my guitar-playing followers asked, I decided it was time to transcribe my arrangement of the fiddle tune “Waltz: My Home” that I posted about last month. Here it is!   To see more Guitar TAB transcriptions, click … Continue reading

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“Waltz: My Home”

“Waltz: My Home” is a fiddle tune. I found it here: The Second Fiddler’s Tune-Book – 100 More Traditional Airs. This small gold mine of music was edited by Peter Kennedy and published in 1954 by Hargail Music Press and … Continue reading

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No. 10

Today – April 18, 2020 – is the 10th anniversary of the day that I, with the able assistance of my always amazing daughter, launched this blog. Today is also the 22nd day here in New Hampshire of living under … Continue reading

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A Song For Now, Verse 4 – “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”

My story with this song started in 1970. Back then, the New World Coffee House was largely the home to the music scene in Portsmouth, NH; the “big city” closest to Exeter, the small town (with no music scene) where … Continue reading

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A Song For Now, Verse 3 – “Hard Times Come Again No More”

“Hard Times Come Again No More” was written by Stephen Foster. Firth, Pond & Co., Foster’s publishing company at that time, registered the title page for copyright on December 16, 1854. They deposited the music for the complete song on … Continue reading

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A Song For Now, Verse 2 – “Worried Man Blues”

“Music is the best medicine.” That line is from “Best Medicine” – a 2014 song by Maya de Vitry when she was with the wonderful acoustic trio known as The Stray Birds. My thought behind this series is to offer … Continue reading

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