with James Ronstadt and the Dynamic Shufflekings drew a turnaway, Sold Out crowd to the Atherton Performing Arts Studio Saturday January 31, 2009. The venue's largest turnout, ever! ;-) For some pictures from this momentous occasion, Click Here
The Stoddard's Hale has been proud to present Travis "The Moonchild" Haddix at O'Toole's Pub the past three years and Travis' 2007 Honolulu show will be April 22nd at the New Irish Rose (see notice above.....:-)
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This is a very special "Who da Guy" riddle prepared by my "Secret Weapon" Werner Sirch, Mahahlo nui loa to Werner! These four �Who da Guy�s� are totally different persons who share two common nick-names, name all four of these "Who da Guys".
First, this Los Angeles' Skid Row street musician was discovered in February of 1960 by folklorist and ethnic musicologist Frederick A. Usher. His instrument was a rough cut 2'x4' plank, a homemade, one-stringed instrument of the crudest construction. The other two working tools he used to make music with the board were a half-pint whiskey bottle to slide with and a carefully whittled stick to bang the single string. This was evidently a direct tie to the African instrument known as the "diddleybow�. After three recording sessions this �Who da Guy� slipped back into obscurity. If there's a romantic, mystery figure in blues history, this �WDG� would certainly be at the top of the list.
A musician with a similar instrument and the same nickname played at the 1973 Ann Arbour Blues & Jazz Festival. During the 1950�s he walked into Joe's Record Shop on Hastings Street in Detroit and recorded two sides. He was seen playing the streets for a few years, then he disappeared.
The third �WDG� was armed with an estimated 350 feet of cord between his axe and his amp, He would confidently stride onstage wearing a garishly hued suit of red, blue, or green � with his hair usually dyed to match! He turned up in New Orleans in 1950, influenced by the atomic guitar energy of Gatemouth Brown but this �WDG�s� ringing, distorted guitar tone and gospel-enriched vocal style were his alone. He was pacing the R&B charts for an amazing 14 weeks in 1954 with a monster hit. This song was arranged and accompanied by Ray Charles and stayed on the R & B charts for incredible 42 weeks! It became one of the biggest sellers in the Specialty label's history. But our �Who da Guy�s� lifestyle was as wild as his guitar work. Excessive drinking and life in the fast lane took its inevitable toll over the years, and he died of pneumonia in 1959 at only 32 years of age.
The fourth �Who da Guy�, ending our common line, was born in 1902 as one of 14 children in the family. The little known singer/guitarist was a close friend of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and a master of acoustic country blues. Sadly, little documentation of his work exists. A stereo recording, made at a house party in 1966, was never intended for commercial release but offers a rare chance to take a close look at the Virginia bluesman. Another album was captured in New York City with a friend. This traveling pair, both guitar players, bringing rural East Coast blues in the tradition of Blind Boy Fuller. It appears the two had some wild adventures with disreputable woman in taking their music to the road. This �WDG� died in New York during 1972.
These four Bluemen share two common nick-names, please click here to name these four "Who da Guys".
to Michael Scott who correctly identified these four "Who da Guy's" as: Eddie "One String" Jones, Sam "One String Sam" Wilson, Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones and Alec "Guitar Slim" Seward!
Congratulations also go out to Joe Lempkowski who correctly identified the previous WDG as Mississippi Joe Caldicott and the �field researcher� who re-discovered Joe in 1967 as George Mitchell!
to Jon Sholle who correctly identified Eva Taylor (Irene Gibbons) and her husband Clarence Williams as our previous WDG ("Who da Gal?" ;-)!
to Wayne Masuda who correctly identified Louisiana Red aka Iverson Minter, his "American Blues Expatriate Neighbor" as Champion Jack Dupree and Red's 1962 Million Seller as "Red's Dream".
to Joe Lempkowski who correctly identified Archie Edwards and the photographer who "discovered" him as Axel K�stner (that's a threepeat Joe!;-)
to Joe Lempkowski who correctly identified Bo Carter aka Armenter Chatmon and the well known standard song that he wrote and recorded in 1928 as "Corrine Corrina".
to Joe Lempkowski who correctly identified Alexis Korner and his 1970's hit song as "Whole Lotta Love"
to the latest "WDG Heavyweight Champion" Werner Sirch (and current contributor ;-) who correctly identified the "Who Da Guy" before that as Jimmy Liggins and the "3D Music" song "Drunk" (that's a threepeat Werner!;-)
to Werner Sirch who correctly identified K.C. Douglas! and his hit song as "Mercury Blues".
to Werner Sirch who correctly identified John Brim (and ID'd his wife as Grace),
Joe Lempkowski who correctly identified J.B. Hutto and his nephew as Li'l Ed Williams,