February 11, 2014

JoshWhite1945Josh White

Born: February 11, 1914, Greenville, SC
Died: September 6, 1969, Manhasset, NY

Joshua Daniel White, known as Josh White, was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, actor, and civil rights activist. He also recorded under the names "Pinewood Tom" and "Tippy Barton" in the 1930s. White grew up in the Jim Crow South

Albums: The Roots of the Blues, From New York to London, More
Movies: Dreams That Money Can Buy, The Walking Hills

February 12, 2014

Pink Anderson

Pinkney "Pink" Anderson was an American blues singer and guitarist.

Born: February 12, 1900, Laurens, SC

Died: August 12, 1974, Spartanburg, SC

American Street Songs - Rev. Gary Davis and Pink Anderson - Riverside RLP 12-611

Pink Anderson: Vol. 1 Carolina Bluesman (1961) Prestige/Bluesville BV 1038

Pink Anderson: Carolina Medicine Show Hokum & Blues with Baby Tate (1962) Folkways Records FS 3588

Pink Anderson: Vol. 2 Medicine Show Man (1962) Prestige/Bluesville BV 1051 / OBCCD-587-2

The Blues Of Pink Anderson: Ballad & Folksinger, Vol. 3 (1963) Prestige/Bluesville BV 1071 / OBCCD 577-1

Source Wikipedia

Pink Anderson - I Got a Woman

August 19, 2014

 Concert September 27, 2014 

OCTOBER 3, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Keb' Mo' (born 1951). For more information, surf over to his wiki page.

OCTOBER 5, 2014


Roy Book Binder (born 1943).

Blues guitarist, singer songwriter and storyteller/ For more information, surf over to his wiki page.

OCTOBER 6, 2014

Richard Dyer-BennettHAPPY BIRTHDAY

Richard Dyer-Bennett

(October 6, 1913-December 14, 1991).

English Born, American Folk Singer.

For more information, surf over to his wiki page.

OCTOBER 7, 2014

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Uncle Dave Macon

(October 7, 1870-March 22, 1952).

Old-time banjo player, singer, songwriter, and comedia.

For more information, surf over to his wiki page.

OCTOBER 8, 2014


Russ Barrenberg (October 8, 1950)

Grammy-nominated American bluegrass musician.

For more information, surf over to his wiki page.

OCTOBER 9, 2014


O.V. Wright (October 9, 1939 - November 16, 1980)

Singer who is generally regarded as a blues artist by African American fans in the Deep South; he is also regarded as one of Southern soul's most authoritative and individual artists.[2] His best known songs include "That's How Strong My Love Is" (1964), "You're Gonna Make Me Cry" (1965), "Nucleus of Soul" (1968), "A Nickel and a Nail" (1971), "I Can't Take It" (1971) and "Ace of Spades" (1971).

For more information, surf over to his wiki page.

OCTOBER 10, 2014


The 2014 LA Bluegrass Situation festival, will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11 at the The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown LA. The fourth-ever, expanded affair has grown from its founding grounds at the legendary Largo at the Coronet Theatre in West Hollywood to the newly-opened, delicately restored movie palace originally built by Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin in 1927.

2-day tickets are already sold out, single-day and VIP Saturday tickets may be purchased online.

Friday, October 10:



John Prine (October 10, 1946)

Country folk singer-songwriter. He has been active as a composer, recording artist, and live performer since the early 1970s.

For more information, surf over to his wiki page.

Saturday, October 11:


OCTOBER 13, 2014


Paul Simon  (October 13, 1942)

Musician, actor and singer-songwriter. Simon's fame, influence, and commercial success began as part of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, formed in 1964 with musical partner Art Garfunkel. Simon wrote nearly all of the pair's songs, including three that reached No. 1 on the U.S. singles charts: "The Sound of Silence", "Mrs. Robinson", and "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

For more information, surf over to his wiki page.

OCTOBER 16, 2014


Al Petteway  (October 16, 1952)

Grammy-winning guitarist known primarily for his acoustic fingerstyle work[1] both as a soloist and with well-known folk artists such as Amy White, Tom Paxton, Jethro Burns, Jonathan Edwards, Cheryl Wheeler, Debi Smith, Bonnie Rideout, Maggie Sansone and many others. His own compositions rely heavily on Celtic and Appalachian influences and he is known for his use of DADGAD tuning.

For more information, surf over to his wiki page.

OCTOBER 18, 2014

buddy macmasterHAPPY BIRTHDAY

Buddy MacMaster  (October 18, 1924-August 20, 2014)

One of the most renowned artists in the tradition of Cape Breton fiddle music.

For more information, surf over to his wiki page.

OCTOBER 21, 2014

Clyde DavenportHAPPY BIRTHDAY 

Clyde Davenport (October 21, 1921)

Old-time fiddler and banjo player from Monticello, Kentucky.

For more information, surf over to this page or this page.

If you're not already familiar with www.folkstreams.net, click on over and lose a couple hours.

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)  has a great article on Folkstreams....check it out.

Here's a brief excerpt:

"An account of the blues experience through the recollections and performances of NEA National Heritage Fellow B.B. King, Son Thomas, inmates from Parchman prison, a barber from Clarkesdale, a salesman from Beale Street, and others. Give My Poor Heart Ease (1974) is one of a series of films made in Mississippi in the mid 1970s by William Ferris and the Center for Southern Folklore and produced in association with Howard Sayre Weaver. View the entire film here."

OCTOBER 27, 2014


Floyd Cramer (October 27, 1933 – December 31, 1997)

American Hall of Fame pianist who was one of the architects of the Nashville sound". He was known for his "slip note" piano style, where an out-of-key note slides into the correct note.

For more information, surf over to this page.

OCTOBER 28, 2014


Hamilton Camp (October 30, 1934 – October 2, 2005)

British singer-songwriter, actor and voice actor. Camp's debut as a folk singer was at the Newport Folk Festival in 1960; and his first recording, with Bob Gibson, was Bob Gibson & Bob Camp at the Gate of Horn, from 1961.

For more information, surf over to this page

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OCTOBER 28, 2014


Ted Hawkins (October 28, 1936 – January 1, 1995)

American singer-songwriter. Born in Biloxi, Mississippi, Hawkins was an enigmatic figure through most of his career; he split his time between his adopted hometown of Venice Beach, California where he was a mostly anonymous street performer, and Europe, where he and his songs were better known and well received in clubs and small concert halls.

For more information, surf over to this page.

Jake Shimabukuro (born November 3, 1976 in Honolulu, Hawaii) is a ukulele virtuoso and composer known for his fast and complex finger work. His music combines elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, and flamenco. Shimabukuro has written numerous original compositions, including the entire soundtracks to two Japanese films, Hula Girls  (2007) and the Japanese remake of Sideways (2009).

Well known in Hawaii and Japan during his early solo career in the early 2000s, Shimabukuro became famous internationally in 2006, when a video of him playing a virtuosic rendition of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" was posted on YouTube without his knowledge and became one of the first viral videos on that site. His concert engagements, collaborations with legendary musicians, media appearances, and music production have snowballed since then. In 2012, an award-winning documentary was released tracking his life, career, and music, titled Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings; it has screened in a variety of festivals, aired repeatedly on PBS, and been released on DVD.

Jake will be performing in Southern California at the following locations:

October 30

Pepperdine Univ. Smothers Theatre

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265


October 31

California Center For The Arts

340 North Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025


November 1

Cerritos Performing Arts Center – Lyric Theatre

12700 Center Court Dr., Cerritos, CA 90703

562 916-8501 or 800-300-4345

NOVEMBER 4, 2014


Kirk McGee (November 4, 1899 – October 24, 1983)

Kirk McGee was 1/2 of the McGee Brothers, American old-time performing duo with his brother Sam McGee.  Sam typically played guitar and Kirk usually played banjo or fiddle, although they were both proficient in multiple string instruments. The McGee Brothers were one of the most enduring acts on the Grand Ole Opry during the show's first fifty years. They made their initial appearance on the Opry in 1926 and the following year joined Uncle Dave Macon's band, the Fruit Jar Drinkers. In the 1930s, the McGees teamed up with early Opry fiddler Arthur Smith to form a string band known as the "Dixieliners," and in the 1940s they played and toured with Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys and several other notable acts.

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NOVEMBER 6, 2014


Fred Small (November 6, 1952)

Fred Small, is an American singer-songwriter. He is also a lawyer and a Unitarian Universalist minister. His songs often make a political or ethical statement. Among his best-known songs are "Heart of the Appaloosa," "Everything Possible," "Peace Is", and "Cranes Over Hiroshima". He is hailed by Pete Seeger as "one of America's best songwriters".[citation needed]
His debut album, Love's Gonna Carry Us (1981), featured Small singing and accompanying himself on guitar. As his fame and success increased, so too did the production level of his albums, as he included more instrumentation, and appearances by other artists, including instrumental and vocal backing by popular New England folk artists. Famous fiddlers, guitarists, and mandolin players alike became a part of Small’s discography and helped Small increase his popularity.[1]

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NOVEMBER 7, 2014


Joni Mitchell (November 7, 1943)

Joni Mitchell is a Canadian musician, singer songwriter, and painter. Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in Saskatchewan and Western Canada and then busking in the streets and dives of Toronto. In 1965, she moved to the United States and began touring. Some of her original songs ("Urge for Going", "Chelsea Morning", "Both Sides, Now", "The Circle Game") were covered by notable folk singers, allowing her to sign with Reprise Records and record her own debut album in 1968.

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NOVEMBER 15, 2014

Alphonse Bois Sec ArdoinHAPPY BIRTHDAY

Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin (November 16, 1915 – May 16, 2007)

Creole accordionist who specialized in Cajun music (called "la la music" or "la musique Creole") and was influential in what became zydeco music.

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NOVEMBER 15, 2014


Mick Moloney (November 15, 1944)

Michael "Mick" Moloney (born November 15, 1944) is a traditional Irish musician and scholar. Born in Limerick, County Limerick, he was an important figure on the Dublin folk-song revival in the 1960s. In 1973, he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He gained early fame as a member of Irish group The Johnstons and The Emmet Spiceland but has since performed and recorded with a variety of groups and individuals, including Eugene O'Donnell and Séamus Egan, and Marie & Martin Reilly; he also worked closely with The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem. Mick also served as the artistic director for several major arts tours including The Green Fields of America, an ensemble of Irish musicians, singers and dancers which toured across the United States on several occasions. In all, he has produced and performed on over forty albums, and acted as advisor for scores of festivals and concerts all over America

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NOVEMBER 16, 2014

Lead Belly

A Musical Legacy

(from Wikpedia)

Huddie William Ledbetter (January 20, 1888 – December 6, 1949) was an American folk and blues musician and multi-instrumentalist, notable for his strong vocals, virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the songbook of folk standards he introduced.

He is best known as Lead Belly. Though many releases list him as "Leadbelly", he himself wrote it as "Lead Belly". This is also the spelling on his tombstone, as well as of the Lead Belly Foundation. In 1994 the Lead Belly Foundation contacted an authority on the history of popular music, Colin Larkin, editor of the Encyclopedia of Popular Music, to ask if the name "Leadbelly" could be altered to "Lead Belly" in the hope that other authors would follow suit and use the artist's correct appellation.

Although Lead Belly usually played the twelve-string guitar, he could also play the piano, mandolin, harmonica, violin, and accordion. In some of his recordings, such as in one of his versions of the folk ballad "John Hardy", he performs on the accordion. In other recordings he sings while clapping his hands or stomping his foot.

The topics of Lead Belly's music covered a wide range, including gospel; blues about women, liquor, prison life, and racism; and folk songs about cowboys, prison, work, sailors, cattle herding, and dancing. He also wrote songs about people in the news, such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler, Jean Harlow, the Scottsboro Boys, and Howard Hughes.

Lead Belly was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 in the "Early Influence" category. In 2008, he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

Lead Belly Exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum

On November 16, 2014, The GRAMMY Museum will open Lead Belly: A Musical Legacy to mark the 125th anniversary of the birth of iconic Delta-Blues singer Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as "Lead Belly." Located on the Museum's third floor, this exhibit will offer visitors an in-depth look at his life and contributions he made to American Folk music and Blues. The museum will showcase a collection of documents and lyrics, along with his notorious Stella 12-string guitar provided by the Ledbetter family. The exhibit will run through May 2015.

On November 16 at 4:00pm, SS Jones and the New Ashgrove Players will perform the music of Lead Belly. 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA (corner of Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street), in the L.A. LIVE district.