Thanks, Brian, but I have sailed past the rocky shores of research and am well on my way with this novel. But if you've got anything on the different jazz clubs along U Street in the early 40's, I'd eat that stuff up.
Hey, David. re: Your comment on Imantrek's page on being the worst DJ ever---I bet you never accidentally turned off a hundred thousand watt radio station for three hours, sending the chief engineer out to the tower in a blizzard to turn the thing back on! Methinks I hold the record....
Thanks for the invite. I've been a fan of The Planet for a long while and was one of the many who missed it when you went on hiatus.
Am still waiting for your book to arrive - not available in local bookstores - will let you know once I've read it. Thanks for making the stupid things that people do seem funny. I'd rather be laughing than crying.
Okay, I'm just a little fella, but if you don't mind, I'll try jumping on the muso talk happening over at this table.
Been playing blues harp since I was 16, but never played it in a band. My fave harps are the Lee Oskar series and if I had to pick a favourite harp player, it'd be Sonny Boy Williamson II. That song, Mighty Long Time sends shivers all through me, even at the mention of the title.
I've also been playing guitar for about as long, with a few years in a goth-industrial-rock band. I know, it ain't no blues, but I've always played plenty of slide guitar in my spare time. After I left that band, I even spent a couple of years working on some tunes under the name Danny Hawaii. Yeah, TD's got a story about him that I wrote.
Guitar-wise, I have a sparkly silver Danelectro DC3 as my electric. I'm a big fan of dirty, stripped down twangy sounds, ala Link Wray. I also have a Maton EM235C acoustic/electric with cutaway. Brass slides are my weapon of choice for this, but I've been known to use machetes and broken beer bottles at parties.
For a man of such talent: why weren't you part of the Thrillerfest band on stage in Phoenix? Don't tell me the drinking got in the way of the blues! I'm still waiting for a copy of that movie you're writing ...
Musselwhite is so damn good. I love that guy. But I think I owe more to Paul Butterfield than anyone else. Almost everything I played in the 70's grew out of what I could steal from Butterfield's solo on Driftin' and Driftin.'
Other influences were James Cotton, Little Walter, Sonny Boy (I and II), John Mayall, Junior Wells and Corky Siegel.
The Martin belonged to my wife's grandmother. The first song I played on it was a 30's swing number called Big Bad Bill Is Sweet William Now. When my wife heard me she said that her grandmother had played that song on that guitar. Spooky. It's almost like the song was in the guitar and all it took was for someone to coax it out.
I started playing harp because it fit in my pack. The downside was, I had to get good fast because everyone around me had a loaded weapon. Harsh critics, every one of them.