August 10 – 16th – Birthdays – This week features: Ian Anderson, Roy Gaines, Son Seals, Eddie Kirkland, and Eric Bibb!
Ian Anderson – 08/10/1947
Ian Anderson, known throughout the world of rock music as the flute and voice behind the legendary Jethro Tull. Introducing the flute to rock music, Ian Anderson remains the crowned exponent of flute playing. Consequently, no pretender to the throne has stepped forward. Ian plays ethnic flutes and whistles together with an acoustic guitar and other mandolin family of instruments. He provides the acoustic textures that has been an integral part of the Tull repertoire. Jethro Tull, to date, has released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies. Quite an accomplishment since the band first performed at London’s famous Marquee Club in February 1968.
Roy Gaines: 8/12/1934
Texas blues guitarist and singer-songwriter who began performing in his early teens and over the years worked with the likes of T-Bone Walker, Ray Charles, Junior Parker, Big Mama Thornton, and Stevie Wonder, in addition to pursuing his own recording career in the mid 90’s.
Frank AKA “Son” Seals – 8/13/1942
Electric blues singer, guitar player also a drummer. Growing up in Arkansas, Son Seals learn a lot of valuable lessons at his father’s juke joint. For example, he is exposed to a lot of different genres of music that inspires him to be a musician. At first, he starts with playing the drums at the age of thirteen and later changes over to guitar at 16. Once he becomes established in the local music scene, he starts to play with the famous blues musicians. During this time, he considered a professional artist and starts performing with the likes of Albert King, Bobby Bland, and Junior Parker. Later in 1971, Seals moves to a booming blues scene in Chicago where he was discovered by Alligator Records and his recording career takes off. Sadly, Seals dies at 62 in 2004. In 2009, the Blues Hall of Fame inducts him posthumously.
Eddie Kirkland – The Gypsy of the Blues – 8/16/1923
Born in Jamaica and raised in Alabama, this blues musician started out backing famed country bluesman John Lee Hooker on guitar for over a decade before touring with Otis Redding. He began his own recording career in 60’s, one which he would continue to record and tour for until his death at 87.
Eric Bibb – 8/16/1951
Multiple-time award-nominated American folk-blues guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist. He took up the guitar from the age of seven and began to play professionally at sixteen. Three years later, he relocated to Paris where, thanks to fellow guitarist Mickey Baker, his interest in blues music ignited. He moves once again, settling in Stockholm, Sweden, and in 1972 began a long and celebrated recording career. Last of all, he records 40 albums and has been nominated for numerous Blues Music Awards. He also receives a Grammy nomination for his work on Taj Mahal’s Shakin’ a Tailfeather.