Category: Blues

Ted Hawkins (1994)

Ted Hawkins (1994)

“….I’m wringing wet with sweat, my throat’s on fire and my hand is aching. But I had to keep going…” “Cold and Bitter Tears – The Songs of Ted Hawkins” is a tribute album...

Allen Toussaint (1996)

Allen Toussaint (1996)

“If I was to say my joy, piano is first.”     I loved Allen Toussaint before I knew who Allen Toussaint was.

Al Kooper (1995)

Al Kooper (1995)

“I was pretty much robbed all my life….” The big bucks versions of “The Cutting Edge 1965-1966,” the latest entry in the Bob Dylan bootleg series (note: not actual bootlegs), includes a 20-track disc...

Curtis Mayfield (1996)

Curtis Mayfield (1996)

“It isn’t every day a 54-year-old quadriplegic records a record….”   There are comeback stories. And then there’s Curtis Mayfield’s comeback story. In mid-August, 1990, he was about to perform at an outdoor concert...

Mose Allison (1994)

Mose Allison (1994)

“One of my first public appearances was at a talent contest. I sang and played Fats Waller’s ‘fododo-de-yacka-saki want some seafood mama.’ I could just see the teacher saying, “This boy is going straight...

Nina Simone (1992)

Nina Simone (1992)

  “I don’t think I’m difficult. Not at all.”     The prospect of interviewing Nina Simone was thrilling. And slightly terrifying.

Mighty Sam McClain (1998)

Mighty Sam McClain (1998)

 In memoriam: Mighty Sam McClain (1943-2015) “I came from eating out of garbage cans. So if I died tomorrow, I did good.”   Mighty Sam McClain wrote a song summing up his old friends’...

B.B. King (1980)

B.B. King (1980)

  “A guy comes out of the gumbo, he likes to walk on concrete awhile.”   October 14, 1980 Lippman House, Harvard University, Cambridge    When B.B. King came to Harvard University, it was...