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Birthdays July 27 – August 2nd

Birthdays July 27 – August 2nd

Birthdays July 27 – August 2nd – This week features Junior Kimbrough, Mike Bloomfield, Buddy Guy, Otis Taylor, Robert Cray, Jerry Garcia & more!

David – Junior Kimbrough: 7/28/1930

Country blues musician who plays mostly juke joints throughout his life before recording his haunting vocals, hypnotic droning guitar style. As well as stomping rhythms in the early 90’s. Some of his known recordings include “Do the Romp”, “Keep Your Hands Off Her”, and “Meet Me In the City”.

Mike Bloomfield: 7/28/1943

Chicago-born guitarist and musician who gains acclaim for his work with The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Which leads to his session work as lead guitarist on Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited. After setting out on his own, he starts the band Electric Flag, works with Al Kooper. As he continues a solo career until his death.

George Guy AKA Buddy Guy: 7/30/1936

Since his beginnings in the late 1950’s, he’s been an influential force of in the blues. As well as being important to rock and roll. He forged his sound in the roots of Chicago’s blues while incorporating elements of other forms of music to push the boundaries of his genre, which he also did with his use of distortion, soloing, and showmanship. His music directly influenced such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Slash, and John Mayer. Buddy Guy has also been awarded The National Medal of Arts, numerous Grammy Awards, and more Blues Music Awards than any other musician to date.

Otis Taylor: 7/30/1948

Celebrated blues and roots musician whose music focuses on harsh issues of life, from poverty and racism to social injustice and murder. An adept guitarist and harpist, he has also made prolific use of the banjo, reasserting the instruments origins in traditional music.

Robert Cray: 8/1/1953

Grammy Award-winning guitarist, singer, and songwriter who formed his own band in the late 70’s, which he followed with his solo career in the mid 80’s. Over the years he has worked with Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland, John Lee Hooker, and toured with Eric Clapton.

Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia 8/1/1942

Is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, known for his work as the lead guitarist and as a vocalist with the band the Grateful Dead. Which is prominent during the counterculture era in the 1960s. Although he disavowed the role, Garcia is viewed by many as the leader or “spokesman” of the group.  One of its founders, Garcia performed with the Grateful Dead for their entire 30-year career (1965–1995). Garcia participates in a variety of side projects and a number of albums by other artists as a session musician. Known for his distinctive guitar playing. 

That’s it for this week! Be sure to check back next week! 

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