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Johnny Winter: Blues Legend

Posted on 07/17/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | LegacyIt says a lot about guitarist Johnny Winter that blues great Muddy Waters sang his praises. The first time Waters heard him play live, he was blown away by Winter’s blindingly fast thumb-picked electric slide work. “He plays eight notes to my one!” Waters reportedly exclaimed. Winter—who died at age 70 in Zurich on July 16, a few days after performing at a festival in Austria—was surprisingly humble about the virtuosity that earned him a spot on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 100 …

He Helped Give Us the Blues

Posted on 12/10/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyIn the 1950s, Joe Bihari scoured African American bars and nightclubs in the South for undiscovered blues phenoms. Bihari, who passed away on Nov. 28 at age 88, tried to elevate those he found to stardom at Modern Records, the Los Angeles-based label that he cofounded with his brothers, Jules and Saul. Bihari traveled the South behind the wheel of a red 1952 Lincoln convertible. One southern lawman trying to dissuade Bihari from trying to make records with black performers, …

The Last of the Real Mississippi Bluesmen

Posted on 07/23/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyJames Lewis Carter “T-Model” Ford didn’t take up the guitar until he was 58, when his fifth wife ran off for good, giving him the instrument as a parting gift. As the story goes, the native Mississippian stayed up that whole night, drinking moonshine to dull his heartache as he started teaching himself how how to play the blues. When he got the hang of it, it sounded like this: That Ford, who died in Greenville, Miss., on July 16 …