Okay, my posting has been paltry in the past year or so. I have a good excuse as I went through breast cancer and major surgery and reconstruction. I say that not to elicit sympathy – please know I am cancer free and full of gratitude – but just to explain my spotty presence. And you know what? I got the right to sing the blues! Nonetheless, life goes on… I have many blog posts in mind for you roots music loving folks out there, and will be posting soon about a variety of real cool music.
Gonna toot my own horn for a minute here. Back in 2009, I posted on the Texas Blues and mentioned Gary Clark, Jr. as an amazing talent. I actually saw him live at the Continental Club in Austin, back around 2004 or 2005 and literally got the goosebumps. You know you’re hearing something special when you got the goosebumps. Anyhow, now he’s the business – appearing on the PBS White House Blues special (scroll down for his performance) with legends like BB King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, etc. He’s appeared with Alicia Keys and she had some really fond words about him. And his new album, “The Bright Lights EP,” has generated quite a buzz. Remember folks you heard it here first at ROOTNOTEMUSIC!
Speaking of Buddy Guy, “Baby Please Don’t Leave Me”:
And just because, my favorite Bobby Blue Bland tune, “I Pity The Fool”:
This song really was the start of my love affair with the blues. The greatest. Muddy Waters “Still A Fool”…”I’ve been crazy, all of my life….”
And here’s Mr. Clark, Jr. Congrats to him on his success and I hope he continues to rise. Here he is singing “Catfish Blues” at the White House: