articles tagged "blues"

Henry Gray Interview

Sunday, 21 October 2012 | Art Schuna
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  I first interviewed Henry Gray by phone on June 30, 2004 to help promote his performance at the Folklore Village on July 23 and the Dodgeville Blues Festival on July 24 that year and that’s the interview that is linked to this page. After doing the phone interview I decided I’d like to do a second interview to get enough material for publication. Andy Cornett, who managed and played bass in Henry Gray & The Cats band, arranged for me to meed Henry in his hotel before their appearance at the festival. Henry was the headliner and didn’t go on stage until that night. It was decided I should …. more »

Dick Waterman Interview

Saturday, 13 October 2012 | Art Schuna
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    Dick Waterman is an author, photographer and blues music promoter. He began in the music business by promoting local blues shows in the Boston area in 1963. The following year he joined Nick Perls and Phil Spero on a journey to Mississippi that was to change his life. The trio were in search of Son House, a bluesman who was only known as a performer on a few Paramount label 78s that were recorded in Grafton, WI in the early 1930s. Based on a tip by Bukka White, they traveled South only to find that he was no longer there. They eventually found him living in Rochester, New York. Before long, Dick founded Avalon …. more »

Henry Townsend Interview

Saturday, 13 October 2012 | Art Schuna
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  Henry Townsend was born October 27, 1909 in Shelby, Mississippi and grew up in Cairo, Illinois. He moved to St. Louis when he was young and this was his home for most of his life. He began performing and recording with Walter Davis on piano. He first recorded music in 1929 for the Paramount label in Grafton, Wisconsin and recorded in 9 decades of his career. In 1999 University of Illinois Press published his autobiography “A Blues Life As Told To Bill Greensmith”. He was equally adept with a guitar and the piano, but later in life as his fingers became less nimble, he preferred the piano. He died in 1996, hours …. more »

Hubert Sumlin Interview

Thursday, 11 October 2012 | Art Schuna
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  I’m not really great in identifying guitarists just by listening to them but Hubert Sumlin’s tone and style are so distinctive, he’s one of a few I could pick out in a blind listening test. He was born in Greenwood MS in 1931 and past on just last year. Sumlin joined Howlin’ Wolf’s band in 1954 and was with him (except for a few brief lapses) until Wolf died in 1976. His guitar came to define Howlin’ Wolf’s band nearly as much as Wolf himself. Hubert Sumlin had a reputation for being more than a little wild in his youth. When I interviewed Henry Gray (Wolf’s piano player) he told me Wolf would fire Hubert …. more »

Jerry “Boogie” McCain Interview

Thursday, 11 October 2012 | Art Schuna
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    I’ve always been a big fan of Jerry McCain. He was one of the most under-rated talents in the blues. The songs he wrote were unique. Jerry McCain was born in Gadsden, AL in 1930 and lived his entire life there. McCain’s first record was made for Lillian McMurry’s Trumpet label in 1953. Jerry was not too fond of this firs.t release, saying his voice was too high. He would go on to record 9 tunes for Trumpet and had one more release which included “Stay Out of Automobiles” which was released shortly before the label folded. Neither of the Trumpet releases were commercially successful due to limited distribution. His …. more »

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