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June 15 – June 21 Blues Birthdays

This week’s blues birthdays run the gamut from Don “Sugarcane” Harris to Grace Potter. Check out who else celebrates this week!


(Pictured above: SARA MARTIN (1884-1955) US Blues and Gospel singer with Clarence Williams on piano about 1925)


Aron Burton: 6/15/1938

The Chicago and electric blues singer, songwriter, and bassist played alongside the likes of Freddie King, Junior Wells, Champion Jack Dupree, and Albert Collins. In the early 90’s, he began recording his own music and received multiple Blues Music Award nominations before his passing in 2016.

Gregg Rolie: 6/17/1947

Singer, pianist, and organist Gregg Rolie is a founding member of several bands including Santana, The Storm, Abraxas Pool, and Journey. He currently performs with his Gregg Rolie Band and is a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Santana and Journey.

Sara Martin: 6/18/1884

This classic blues singer who was popular in the 1920s was known as the “blues sensation of the West!”. She’s known for such songs as “Mean Tight Mama” and her recording of “T’aint Nobody’s Biz-ness if I Do.” And although she used more considerably danceable rhythms than her contemporaries, her rich tones always reached the sensitivity of the crowd as well. Not to mention her dramatic stylings and frequent costume changes that always kept people coming back for more.   

Don “Sugarcane” Harris: 6/18/1938

Don “Sugarcane” Harris is known in the rock and blues scene for playing violin, guitar, organ and backup vocals for a variety of acts, and was actually one of the first to amplify the violin electrically. He is most notable for his jazzy blues-fusion violin playing with Johnny Otis, Frank Zappa and John Mayall, who admitted that Harris’s playing had “the same sort of vitality that an electric guitar has.” Harris tragically passed away in November of 1999.

Nathan Cavaleri 6/18/1982

The South Wales, Australia native began playing guitar at the age of 5 and eventually toured at 13 with B.B. King. Cavaleri went from child prodigy to teen blues sensation, and has released numerous works embedded with his earthy and authentic solos. Most recently, after disbanding his group Nat Col and the Kings, he has released several singles and returned to the stage during his Australian tour ‘Demons.’ 

Grace Potter: 6/20/1983

In the years since Potter has hit the scene, she has received a great deal of critical praise for her mad guitar and keyboard skills, as well as her distinctive voice. With her previous band, The Nocturnals, and on her own solo records Potter has mixed alternative, blues, country, folk, funk, soul, and roots into her music, and even recorded for several popular movie soundtracks.  

Don Airey 6/21/1948

The English keyboardist, vocalist, and songwriter has contributed his talents to quite an impressive list of musical acts over his 50-year career span.  Some of these include Black Sabbath, Gary Moore, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Jethro Tull, Judas Priest, and Ozzy Osbourne. In 2002, he became Deep Purple’s full-time keyboardist after the retirement of Jon Lord, and remains with the band to this day.


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