Tag Archives: Jas Obrecht

This Historic Day In Music: “Two Tone Stomp” & “Have To Change Keys To Play These Blues”

In the Fall of 1928, Lonnie Johnson and Eddie Lang were the two best and busiest studio guitarists in New York City. Lonnie Johnson… …was born Alfonzo Johnson in the Storyville section of New Orleans, Louisiana on February 8, 1894. … Continue reading

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“Summer Solstice Rag”

Since late last Spring, I’ve been reading a fine new book: Early Blues: The First Stars of Blues Guitar by Jas Obrecht. This 2015 publication from the University of Minnesota Press chronicles the “most prominent singer-guitarists who made influential and enduring recordings … Continue reading

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John Renbourn, Guitarist & Teacher

On Saturday morning, March 28, 2015, the “Today’s Headlines” email that I receive from The New York Times delivered this very sad news: “John Renbourn, Eclectic Guitarist Who Founded the Pentangle, Dies at 70.” According to the obituary by Jon Pareles, … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Lightnin’ Hopkins

Blues musician Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins was born in Centerville, Texas on this day, March 15, in 1912. Two of my favorite stories about Lightnin’ come from an article written by Jas Obrecht and published in a book edited by Mr. Obrecht called: … Continue reading

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