I have always been a music fan throughout my life. I bought my first record at 7 years old. It was Led Zeppelin I. I remember hearing Ray Charles and Aretha as I drifted off to sleep at night, while my parents played old records. I remember the first time I heard and appreciated slide guitar – it was my early teens. It was George Thorogood playing Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love?”
Throughout the rest of my teenage years I was finding new music all the time. I eventually ended up listening to metal which led me strangely enough to jazz fusion all the while avoiding disco. This type of music was focused on the guitar which I still love above all else and I was happy listening to this kind of music until the day I walked into my favorite record store and Freddie King was playing. I asked the salesperson who it was and walked out with Freddie’s “Takin’ Care Of Business” album. That began a love affair with blues that has stretched for over 20 years now. Although I guess if you look at it realistically my first record was Zeppelin I which is truly a blues album. So I have come full circle.
Today I love to play blues that is lively and moves. It has to rock or swing for me. I also love the stories and mythology of the blues, which I like to share during my shows. I also love old R&B too. It wouldn’t be a surprise to hear Little Walter mixed in with Little Willie John and Robben Ford. I play mainly post-war blues right up to the latest stuff today.
I love being a DJ in Second Life and meeting new people and making new associations through a common love of blues. If I am playing blues it means I am smiling and hoping that you are too.