Category Archives: Random Topics

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Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five + One

The legendary Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five… Edward “Kid” Ory – Trombone Louis Armstrong – Cornet & Vocals Johnny Dodds – Clarinet Lil Hardin Armstrong – Piano Johnny St. Cyr – 6-String Banjo …made their first recordings – for … Continue reading

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Light Amidst Dark – “Six Feet Apart”

My son turned me on to this song by Luke Combs in August. He asked if I could teach him how to play it and, over the course of a couple of Sunday afternoon FaceTime guitar lessons, I did. “Six … Continue reading

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Sparklers: “Shufflin’ The Blues” by T-Bone Walker

This is the seventh installment of this category featuring recordings of outstanding performances by noteworthy guitarists – or – outstanding guitarists giving noteworthy performances.  That introduction used to include this explanation: It was inspired by whatever god oversees the shuffle … Continue reading

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“Crazy Blues” – The Centennial

One hundred years ago today – August 10, 1920 – Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds recorded “Crazy Blues.” The recording was made in the New York City studios of OKeh Records. Ralph Peer, the recording director for OKeh in … Continue reading

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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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