March 23rd to 29th
March 23rd to 29th – Birthdays – This week’s music highlighted birthdays are Jeff Healey, Rufus Thomas, Robert Lockwood Jr, John Popper and more! Check back next week!
Jeff Healey: March 25, 1966
Known to play a standard guitar on his legs like a lap steel. Also, he plays with his fingers on the fretboard instead of a slide bar. It’s truly remarkably to see and hear. Healey is first a successful jazz guitarist, “releasing music of traditional American Jazz from the 20’s and 30’s.” However, most remember him for his fiery blues chops. Sharing the stage with some of the most notable bluesmen in the business. Which includes Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ Top, and many others.
Rufus Thomas: March 26, 1917
You could say that Mr. Rufus Thomas did it all. Because he did! From singer, songwriter, and dancer, to comedian and DJ, he is on the scene for about sixty-two years. While being a staple in R&B, soul, funk, and blues. Thomas is known not just as a musician, but an overall performer and talented entertainer. Mainly popular for his “novelty dance records” and putting on a major spectacle every time he took the stage.
He began recording for several major record labels like Chess, and Sun, before settling as a major artist for Stax. Which he starts Recording for in the 60’s. It’s where he would stay until it broke apart in 1976. Rufus Thomas continued to perform and remain active in the music community until he became sick. He always had a good time and was the life of the party, bringing a smile to everyone who met him.
Robert Lockwood, Jr: 3/27/1915
Delta blues guitarist who is known for his tutelage under Robert Johnson. Also, for the skills he showcased upon his iconic twelve-string guitar. With a firm grip on not only the guitar but also the piano, by age of fifteen he is already playing professionally. Over the years he works and collaborates with the likes of B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter.
As well as performing extensively with Sonny Boy Williamson II. He took home his first Grammy Award in 2004 for his performance on Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live in Dallas, which saw him perform with fellow legends Pinetop Perkins, Henry Townsend, and Honeyboy Edwards.
John Popper: 3/29/1967
Singer-songwriter, guitarist, and virtuoso harmonica player best known as a founder and front man for the award-winning rock band Blues Traveler. His immense harp skills have shared the stage with the likes of the Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, the Grateful Dead, Metallica, Warren Haynes, John Mayer, and the legendary B.B King.
In addition to Blues Traveler, he has retained an active solo career since 1990 and has been involved with numerous side projects, with the American roots music act the Duskray Troubador’s being his most recent.
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