In the 1950s a young singer named Mathis James Reed failed his audition for Chess Records. He was a popular musician around Chicago, but his simple playing and straightforward songs didn’t wow the execs. Chess Records would go on to regret that they didn’t sign Jimmy Reed…
There’s a lot that happened this week in the blues… here’s the top ten, with one of the biggest tragedies in music, landmark album releases and more!
This Week in Blues Past has some big landmarks, with birthdays of powerful blues stars, a big bootleg recording, blues trail markers, and much more!
Every month, AirPlay Direct & American Blues Scene join to pick one incredible blues act. This month’s Michael Powers was schooled by Jimmy Reed and toured with James Cotton! Check him out!
We’re celebrating a birthday today — that of the vastly influential guitarist and harmonica legend Jimmy Reed, who’s amazing music has influenced rock in an irreplaceable way.
Keith Richards’ 500+ page autobiography has been out a little more than a month, now, and as Rolling Stone Magazine poignantly put it, “nobody expected it to be so good!”