Long-haired country music icon, marijuana aficionado, and great musician/songwriter Willie Nelson turns 80 tomorrow, April 30.
Ten Years After - 50,000 Miles Beneath My Brain
Can you love me with a thousand eyes?
Can you see right through my bones?
Can you kiss me with a thousand lips?
Can you melt a solid stone?
Can you hear me from a thousand miles
When you’re screaming at the stars?
Can you pull me up to Jupiter
When I’m all hung up on Mars?
Ten Years After - As The Sun Still Burns Away
Album - Cricklewood Green
RIP Alvin, you were one of the greats!
Kindhearted Woman Blues, by Robert Johnson (1937). This is the clearest example of a “guitar solo” in any of the bluesmaster Robert Johnson’s 29 recorded efforts.
I Woke Up This Morning, by Ten Years After (Ssssh, 1969). This song, a relatively modern take on an old blues theme, perhaps as much as any other, made me an Alvin Lee fan many years ago. It holds up pretty well, don’t you think?
Struggle Buggy, by Buddy Moss (1941). Featuring the great Brownie McGhee on second guitar, with Oh Red (George Washington) and Robert Young on washboards.
Jack of Diamonds/Georgia Rub, by Henry Townsend (1931). Townsend, a major figure in St. Louis blues, died in Wisconsin in 2006, at the age of 96.
Old Black Joe, by Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish. A rockin’ “public domain” track with some tasty piano blues.