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Showing posts with label Honeyboy Edwards. Show all posts
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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Walter Horton Jamming with Johnny Shines and Honeyboy Edwards

Walter Horton, better known as Big Walter Horton or Walter "Shakey" Horton, (April 6, 1917 – December 8, 1981) was an American blues harmonica player. A quiet, unassuming and essentially shy man, Horton is remembered as one of the premier harmonica players in the history of blues.Willie Dixon once called Horton "the best harmonica player I ever heard. Born Walter Horton in Horn Lake, Mississippi, he was playing a harmonica by the time he was five years old.In his early teens, he lived in Memphis, Tennessee and claimed that his earliest recordings were done there in the late 1920s with the Memphis Jug Band, although there is no documentation of it, and some blues researchers have stated that this story was most likely fabricated by Horton. (He also claimed to have taught some harmonica to Little Walter and the original Sonny Boy Williamson, although these claims are unsubstantiated, and in the case of the older Williamson, somewhat suspect). As with many of his peers, he spent much of his career existing on a meager income and living with constant discrimination in a segregated United States of America. In the 1930s he played with various blues performers across the Mississippi delta region. It is generally accepted that his first recordings were made in Memphis backing guitarist Little Buddy Doyle on Doyle's recordings for the Okeh and Vocalion labels in 1939. These recordings were in the acoustic duo format popularized by Sleepy John Estes with his harmonicist Hammie Nixon, among others. On these recordings, Horton's style is not yet fully realized, but there are clear hints of what is to come. He eventually stopped playing the harp for a living due to poor health, and worked mainly outside of the music industry in the 1940s. By the early 1950s, he was playing music again, and was among the first to record for Sam Phillips at Sun Records in Memphis, who would later record Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. The early Big Walter recordings from Sun include performances from a young Phineas Newborn, Jr. on piano, who later gained fame as a jazz pianist. His instrumental track recorded around this time, "Easy", was based on Ivory Joe Hunter's "I Almost Lost My Mind". During the early 1950s he first appeared on the Chicago blues scene, where he frequently played with fellow Memphis and Delta musicians who had also moved north, including guitarists Eddie Taylor and Johnny Shines. When Junior Wells left the Muddy Waters band at the end of 1952, Horton replaced him for long enough to play on one session with Waters in January 1953. Horton's style had by then fully matured, and he was playing in the heavily amplified style that became one of the trademarks of the Chicago blues sound. He also made great use of techniques such as tongue-blocking. He made an outstanding single as a leader for States in 1954. Horton's solo on Jimmy Rogers' 1956 Chess recording "Walking By Myself" is considered by many to be one of the high points of his career, and of Chicago Blues of the 1950s. Also known as "Mumbles", and "Shakey" because of his head motion while playing the harmonica, Horton was active on the Chicago blues scene during the 1960s as blues music gained popularity with white audiences. From the early 1960s onward, he recorded and appeared frequently as a sideman with Eddie Taylor, Johnny Shines, Johnny Young, Sunnyland Slim, Willie Dixon and many others. He toured extensively, usually as a backing musician, and in the 1970s he performed at blues and folk music festivals in the U.S. and Europe, frequently with Willie Dixon's Chicago Blues All-Stars. He has also appeared as a guest on recordings by blues and rock stars such as Fleetwood Mac and Johnny Winter. In October 1968, while touring the United Kingdom, he recorded the album Southern Comfort with the former Savoy Brown and future Mighty Baby guitarist Martin Stone. In the late 1970s he toured the U.S. with Homesick James Williamson, Guido Sinclair, Eddie Taylor, Richard Molina, Bradley Pierce Smith and Paul Nebenzahl, and appeared on National Public Radio broadcasts. Two of the best compilation albums of his own work are Mouth-Harp Maestro and Fine Cuts. Also notable is the Big Walter Horton and Carey Bell album, released by Alligator Records in 1972. He became a mainstay on the festival circuit, and often played at the open-air market on Chicago's Maxwell Street. In 1977, he joined Johnny Winter and Muddy Waters on Winter's album I'm Ready, and during the same period recorded some material for Blind Pig Records. Horton appeared in the Maxwell Street scene in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers, accompanying John Lee Hooker. His final recordings were made in 1980. Horton died from heart failure in Chicago in 1981 at the age of 64, and was buried in Restvale Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois. He was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1982. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Wade Walton & Honeyboy Edwards

Wade Walton is a unique individual having spent his entire life in Clarksdale, cutting hair and slapping out blues rhythms on his razor strap. A barber for 55 years Wade has probably known more blues performers and has performed for and with more blues performers than anybody else around the Clarksdale area. No trip to Clarksdale would be complete without a trip to Wade Walton's barber shop. Many a Blues fan has made the trip to sit in his chair and listen to him talk about and perform the Blues. A great guitarist and harp player in his own right he's also a mean barber so you get double your money's worth. Wade is a favorite performer at Blues Festivals and he brings along his razor strap to show folks how it's done. Don't miss him if he's scheduled in your town. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, Like ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorites band! ”LIKE”

Monday, December 5, 2011

You're The One - David Honeyboy Edwards


David "Honeyboy" Edwards (June 28, 1915 – August 29, 2011) was a Delta blues guitarist and singer from the American South. Edwards was the last Delta blues man before his 2011 death.
Folklorist Alan Lomax recorded Edwards in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1942 for the Library of Congress. Edwards recorded 15 album sides of music. The songs included "Wind Howlin' Blues" and "The Army Blues". He did not record again commercially until 1951, when he recorded "Who May Be Your Regular Be" for Arc Records under the name of Mr Honey. Edwards claims to have written several well-known blues songs including "Long Tall Woman Blues" and "Just Like Jesse James". His discography for the 1950s and 1960s amounts to nine songs from seven sessions. From 1974 to 1977, he recorded material for a full length LP, I've Been Around, released in 1978 on the independent Trix Records label by producer/ethnomusicologist Peter B. Lowry.
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Honeyboy Edwards Fund For The Blues

Announcement has been made by Michael Frank, long time friend, musical partner and business manager for David "Honeyboy" Edwards, that in honor of and tribute to Mr. Edwards, The Honeyboy Edwards Fund for the Blues has been established within the National Blues Museum in St. Louis MO. Preparations for this fund have been underway since medical issues forced Honeyboy’s retirement in July 2011 after 83 years of performing.

This fund has been created by founders Michael Frank, CEO of Earwig Music Company, Inc., Barbara Hammerman, Hammerman Philanthropic Partners, Amanda Gresham, CEO of Delta Music Experience, and Lynn Orman-Weiss, CEO of Orman Music and Media Group . The purpose of the fund is to acknowledge the contributions of other elders of the blues such as Robert Lockwood, Homesick James, Henry Townsend and Pinetop Perkins. This will be done through providing scholarships to blues workshops, internships, camps and other events teaching blues history, musicianship, and the business of sustaining a career in the blues business.

Contributions to this fund may be made to The National Blues Museum and designated to the Honeyboy Edwards Fund for the Blues. Such contributions may be sent:
c/o Robert J. Endicott, President of the Board, NBM
Bryan Cave LLP
One Metropolitan Square
211 N. Broadway, Suite 3600
St. Louis, Missouri 63102

A Tribute Benefit Concert is planned for Wednesday, October 19, in Chicago, IL at Buddy Guy’s LEGENDS blues club.

For information about the fund and the concert, please contact Barbara Hammerman at 253.858.4435
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Friday, September 2, 2011

Information on Honeyboy Edwards Fund for the National Blues Museum - Bob Corritore correspondent





Monday, August 29, 2011

Chicago bluesman 'Honeyboy' Edwards dead at 96 - Chicago Tribune



David "Honeyboy" Edwards, a bluesman who was a living, breathing link to blues legend Robert Johnson, died early Monday morning of congestive heart failure while resting at home, according to the performer's official website. He was 96.



Born in 1915, Edwards left home when he was 14 years old, to perform with Big Joe Williams. It was a life on the road that the classic Delta blues player continued right up to April of this year, when his health took a turn for the worse. His last live outings were in Mississippi, on April 16 and 17.



The list of musicians that Edwards played with is immense, also serving as a Who's Who of great blues artists. Edwards has worked with Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Big Joe Williams, Rice “Sonny Boy Williamson” Miller, Howlin’ Wolf, Sunnyland Slim, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Big Walter, Little Walter, Magic Sam, Muddy Waters. Edwards’ career included several hit songs, such as “Long Tall Woman Blues,” “Gamblin Man” and “Just Like Jesse James.” He has won two Grammy awards, in 2008 for best traditional blues album, and a 2010 lifetime achievement award. Edwards’ biography, “The World Don’t Owe Me Nothing,” first published in 1997, described his life of almost constant motion and performing.



He moved to Chicago in the early 1950s, and became a fixture on the city’s blues scene, including gigs at the Chicago Blues Festival andMillennium Park.



Public visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, including an open mic for comments by his friends and fans (7-8 p.m.), at McCullough Funeral & Cremation Services, 851 E. 75th St. Services will be private.



Monday, August 15, 2011

Honeyboy Edwards officially announces his retirement. - Bob Corritore correspondent



Honeyboy Edwards, now 96 years old, is perhaps the last of the great Delta bluesmen who made pre-WWII recordings. Honeyboy has missed most of this year's scheduled performances. Michael Frank of Earwig Music (Honeyboy's mainstay record label) has recently made it official and announced “Honeyboy Edwards has retired, due to ongoing health issues. Send him a get well note to mfrank@earwigmusic.com.” Honeyboy's wonderful recording career started in 1942 when famed folklorist Alan Lomax recorded him in Clarksdale Mississippi for the Library Of Congress. Since those first recordings, Honeyboy has continued to record regularly, cutting many sides over the years for ARC, Sun Records, Chess, Folkways, Trix, Testament, Evidence, Roots, Blue Suit, Blue Horizon, Genes, Blue Shoe, APO, Wolf, and of course the Earwig Record Label. He has received 2 Grammy Awards, 2 BMAs (Blues Music Awards), has been inducted in the Blues Hall Of Fame, received a fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts, and won a KBA (Keeping The Blues Alive Award) in the literature category for his brilliant biography The World Don't Owe Me Nothing. His performances and recollections have provided us a window into the past. Since he is still with us, this is not a goodbye, it is just a reflection of this great bluesman and his wonderful contributions.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Delta Rising: A Blues Documentary -- Trailer

A film documentary about the blues. Clarksdale Mississippi to Memphis Tennessee. Although not new, a new one on the list for me to watch!

Features Morgan Freeman, Bill Luckett, Jimbo Mathus, Scott Bomar, James Montgomery, Chris Cotton, Ruby Wilson, Super Chikan, Grace Kelly, Pinetop Perkins, Honeyboy Edwards and others.





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