May 10th –16th – Birthdays
May 10th-16th– Birthdays. Celebrating Birthdays include Dave Mason, Butch Trucks, Steve Winwood, Megan Lovell, Ana Popovic, Jack Bruce, Brian Eno, and Darrell Sweet!
Dave Mason – 5/10/1946
Starting out, his major start is being a co-founder for psychedelic rock band “Traffic” along with Steve Winwood. Also a part of their first album “Mr. Fantasy” by supplying guitar elements and other instruments on the second album. Needless to say, Mason never really fits in with the dynamic of the rest of the band. After leaving “Traffic”, he adds his talents on various other albums and appears on stage with many other great musicians.
Mason became friends with the blues powerhouse Jimi Hendrix and watches how his career blooms in England in 1966. Later he appears on the track “All Along the Watchtower,” providing 12-string guitar for the album Electric Ladyland. While performing with other musicians like Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, Dave Crosby, and Michael Jackson. And maintaining his solo career.
Butch Trucks – May 11, 1947
Butch Trucks is one of the founding members of the renowned and influential The Allman Brothers Band. He, along with fellow drummer and bandmate Jaimoe, laid the rhythmic foundation for the band’s illustrious catalog, and he remained a constant member throughout the band’s 45-year history and its various iterations. Sadly, Butch passed away at his Florida home on January 24, 2017.
Steve Winwood – May 12, 1948
In addition to being a multi-instrumentalist virtuoso with a career spanning over five decades. Furthermore, Steve Winwood has had a hand in some of the most influential acts in modern music history! Which includes Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, David Gilmore, and former Blind Faith band mate Eric Clapton. While he’s a highly sought-after session musician, his solo career also generates success and to this day he continues to make his mark in popular music.
Megan Lovell – May 12, 1989
As a part of a sister duo. Megan Lovell provides the backing vocals and sick lap steel licks for the torch bearing roots Rock band Larkin Poe. That she forms with her sister Rebecca in 2010. Together, the duo has electrified the music festival circuit, including several appearances on Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea cruise, and continue to create powerful bluegrass harmonies with their fifth studio album “Self Made Man” that they release 2020. While you’re at it, be sure to check out their YouTube page of them covering other artists.
Ana Popovic – May 13, 1976
Ana Popovic states she’s been moving west her whole life! Falling in love with blues as a child in Belgrade, Serbia. Starting to study all different styles of the blues she begins her career in the Netherlands. Later moving to Tennessee to collaborate with American musicians, and more recently relocates her family to California. Since her band Hush disbands in 1998, Popovic’s solo career has garners plenty of attention and accolades for her impressive guitar shredding.
Jack Bruce – May 14, 1943
Many hail Bruce as one the best bassists in the history of rock & roll. Furthermore, this Scottish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is a founding member and singer of the legendary power trio Cream. In addition to his time with the power trio, he also collaborates with Blues Incorporated, the Graham Bond Organization.
Along with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, as well as Manfred Mann. While doing all these projects, he also continues his solo career in 1969. Working on projects with Mick Taylor, Frank Zappa, Gary Moore, Robin Trower, Rory Gallagher, Ringo Star, and John Medeski among others before his passing in 2014.
Brian Eno – May 15, 1948
Is an English musician, record producer, visual artist, and theorist best known for his pioneering work in ambient music and contributions to rock, pop, and electronica. A self-described “non-musician”, Eno has helped introduce unique conceptual approaches and recording techniques to contemporary music. In subsequent decades, Eno continued to record solo albums and produce for other artists, most prominently U2 and Coldplay, alongside work with artists such as Daniel Lanois, Laurie Anderson, Grace Jones, Slowdive, Karl Hyde, James, Kevin Shields, and Damon Albarn.
Darrell Sweet – 5/16/1947
Sweet is born in Bournemouth, England. Although his early years are spent playing with the Burntisland pipe band. He’s also one of the members of The Shadettes that became Nazareth. As a founding member of Nazareth, he plays drums from 1969 until his death in 1999. So, he basically played on Nazareth’s first 20 albums.
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