Could it be that I’ve never featured BB King in a musical interlude…unforgivable! Here’s the man gettin’ down to bizness with Lucille (that’s his guitar’s name) and here’s his great explanation as to why he sings the blues. Both of these are from an album–as in vinyl–that I got in 1969!…now get the hell off my… Read more
Just for fun, let’s try something a little different around here. Along with the occasional musical interludes–a well-established and much beloved feature–let’s try adding snippets about other life lessons, observations, recipes, recommendations, etc. with the only rule being they can’t be about economics as that’s the stuff of all else at OTE. 1) Re the… Read more
I avoid superlatives, so trust me when I tell you that Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee are the greatest blues duo ever. I mean, these guys are just pure music, and if their blues don’t thoroughly soothe your soul then get yourself down to the ER posthaste as your soul needs medical attention. I recently… Read more
Q: What can one do when the actions of humans just seem to be screwing everything up so damn badly? A: Listen to Ray Charles sing about it.
The great Texas blues guitarist Johnny Winter died this week. I’ve been a huge fan since his first album which I recall blasting out my window so my friend Ben, who for some reason wasn’t allowed to come in, could hear it. Though this had to be like 45 years ago, I vividly remember Ben pressing… Read more