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Rules:

He Knows The Rules- Johnny Nitro & the Door Slammers- “Car Fixin’ Blues”
Rules Of The Road- Terez Montcalm- “Here’s To You- Songs For Shirley Horn”
Queenbury Rules- Moot Davis- “Man About Town”
The Rules Will All Be Broken- Alan Doyle- “Boy On Bridge”
Exception To The Rule- Kate Meehan- “As Long As I’ve Sung The Blues”
Rules- Acoustic Endeavors- “Ole 22 1/2″

Hot New Music:

Big Shirley- Ghost Town Blues Band- “Hard Road To Hoe”
Trouble Looks Good On You- Amy Speace- “That Kind Of Girl”
Backside Of Losing- Adkins and Loudermilk- “Adkins and Loudermilk”
Jubilee- Gretchen Peters- “Blackbirds”
Turn Loose- JJ Grey & Mofro- “Ol’ Glory”
Take The Fall- The Rubber Knife Gang- “Broken Lines”

Fools:

Mother Of All Fools- The Blues Broers- “Into The Red”
What Fools These Mortals Be- Sarah Moule- “It’s A Nice Thought”
King Of Fools- The Deadcats- “Trashville Jukebox”
Liars and Fools- Jason Eady- “Daylight and Dark”
Only Fools Know Everything- Big Boy Bloater (One Man Show)- “Loopy”
Chain Of Fools- Aretha Franklin- “Lady Soul”
Fool’s Hall Of Fame- Johnny Cash- “The Man In Black 1954-1958″

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He Knows The Rules- Johnny Nitro & the Door Slammers

johnny nitro & door slammers- car fixin' blues

Johnny Nitro’s life ended like one of his gigs: in an old North Beach bar, on a Saturday night, surrounded by fans.

 


Mr. Nitro, whose raspy voice and low-down rhythm guitar made him a beloved fixture in the Bay Area blues scene, died Saturday evening in his apartment upstairs from the Saloon on Grant Avenue, where he performed regularly for decades.

 


“The paramedics came. It was chaos. But when they brought his body down wrapped in a white sheet, everyone just got quiet and started applauding. It was amazing,” said Futoshi Morioka, a San Francisco guitarist who was playing at the Saloon when Mr. Nitro died.

 


“We finished the set because Johnny would have wanted that,” Morioka said. “But then we played Bill Withers’ ‘Lean on Me’ in his honor. I just played my heart out for him.”

>> Read more…

-Carolyn Jones, February 21, 2011, sfgate.com

johnny nitro and the doorslammers


Rules Of The Road- Terez Montcalm

terez montcalm- here's to you-songs for shirley horn

Térez Montcalm is a Canadian jazz singer and guitarist who broke through to international success in 2007. Born in Quebec, Canada, she grew up bilingually in a family where French and English were spoken interchangeably and where music was important. Her father, a native English speaker originally from Toronto, was a jazz fan who enjoyed Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Nat King Cole. The youngest of five children, she had brothers who were into Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa as well as sisters who were into the Beatles and Edith Piaf. In addition to these influences, Montcalm had favorites of her own, above all Eurythmics lead singer Annie Lennox. Exhibiting an extraordinarily strong voice from an early age, she attended music school as a teenager and ultimately made her full-length recording debut in 1994 with the album Risque on BMG.

>> Read more…

-Jason Birchmeier, AllMusic.com

terez montcalm


Queenbury Rules- Moot Davis

moot davis- man about town- show 211

Disillusioned with his music career following four solid years of touring, there was a time when it seemed unlikely that a third album from New Jersey-based country singer/songwriter Moot Davis would ever see the light of day. His self-imposed hiatus means he may have lost some of the momentum built up from 2007’s Already Moved On, but it’s one that appears to have reignited his musical mojo, judging by the first release through his own Highway Kind Records label, Man About Town.

>> Read more…

-Jon O’Brien, AllMusic.com

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The Rules Will All Be Broken- Alan Doyle

alan doyle- boy on bridge

Newfoundland’s Alan Doyle learned piano and drums as a child, soon moving on to guitar (and eventually mandolin, bouzouki, and pretty much anything with strings). He joined his uncle’s rockabilly-meets-traditional-Newfoundland band the New Standells at the age of 15, and while attending St. John’s University, he was one half of a duo (with John Benton) called Staggering Home. Following a series of informal jam sessions with members of the Celtic rock band Rankin Street (Sean McCann, Bob Hallett, and Darrell Power), Doyle joined forces with them and Great Big Sea were born. Mixing traditional Newfoundland music with a fresh pop sensibility, and with Doyle handling lead vocals, the band released a self-titled album independently in 1992, and then signed with Warner Canada, which promptly reissued the debut. Some ten studio albums followed as Great Big Sea grew into one of Canada’s biggest and most respected bands. Doyle issued a solo album, Boy on Bridge, in 2012.

-Steve Leggett, AllMusic.com

 

 

 

You might think it a tad risky to start an album off on an apologetic note but, Alan Doyle proves he has precious little to be sorry about with his solo debut, Boy On Bridge. As the rapid-fire guitar strum and rat-a-tat-smack of the snare drum on ‘Sorry’ insistently announce its arrival, one of Canada’s favourite Newfoundlanders shows he’s quite ready to captain his own ship.

 

After nineteen years of platinum-powered kitchen parties with our beloved Great Big Sea, Doyle has temporarily stepped out to make his own creative mark. But like any successful kitchen party, he’s filled the place with a lot of good, talented friends from far and wide.  The colourful and varied bunch that Doyle partnered up with to help create Boy on Bridge each add their own distinct flavour to a hearty stew.

>> Read more…

-Kayla Tinson, May 31, 2012, topcountry.ca

alan doyle


Exception To The Rule- Kate Meehan

kate meehan- as long as i've sing the blues

Blues out of Australia!

kate meehan


Rules- Acoustic Endeavors

acoustic endeavors- ole 22

Acoustic Endeavors was initially formed in 1992 by Warren Amberson and Kelly Green. The band has been based in Jonesborough and then Nashville, TN but is now headquartered in Roanoke, VA.

 

Warren had been playing professionally in Germany after finishing his stint in the Army in 1986. He met Kelly at a festival in Iowa in 1991 while he was back in the states on tour with his German bluegrass band, Foreign Affairs. They invited Kelly to Germany to play a few shows which turned into a stay of14 months. The seeds of Acoustic Endeavors were sown.

>> Read more…

-acousticendeavors.com

acoustic endeavors


Big Shirley- Ghost Town Blues Band

ghost town blues band- hard road to hoe

“With a shoot-from-the-hip Memphis attitude, and a STAX-busting explosion of modern blues vision, GTBB represents a welcome changing of the guard.”

-Mark Uricheck   Living Blues Magazine    April 2012

 

 

 

Beale Street’s latest success story and 2014 INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE 2nd Place Winner is Ghost Town Blues Band. Not your grandpa’s blues band, their live show has been captivating audiences in the U.S. and Canada with a second-line horn entrance, cigar box guitars and electric push brooms to Allman Brothers style jams and their rapping trombone player.  Both Preston McEwen behind the drums and Matt Karner on the bass guitar are a punishing rhythm section behind frontman Matt Isbell with raunchy cigar box guitar licks and chainsaw rhythms. With the addition of Trombonist Suavo Jones, Jeremy Powell on keys and finally Josh Roberts on lead guitar, the grooves go from funky to funk-nasty as the band gains more notoriety in the blues and jam circuit.

 

 

Ghost Town Blues Band is a modern blues band with an intimate knowledge of both blues, rock and improvisational jams. At the same time, the band’s raw energy and intensity is reminiscent of some of the best blues that rock n’ roll has ever offered. The band can turn on a dime from North Mississippi hill country grooves to classic electric urban blues and funk and Allman Brothers style jams. This Memphis-based, gritty, seven-piece has been touring the US and Canada since its inception in 2009, gaining a strong following within the Blues and Jam Band circuit.

 

“GTBB shows what can happen when the past is distilled through young sensibilities, voices, and instruments. This is 21st century blues at its best.”
– Living Blues Magazine 2011

-ghosttownbluesband.com

 

 

 

“Ghost Town Blues Band is fast becoming the toast of the town, with a sound that blends the earthen fortitude of Mississippi hill country stomp, with the excitement of hot ‘n’ heavy electric Chicago blues, wrapped up in a funky package. The Band’s debut, Dust the Dust, is a menacing groover.”

-LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE issue #210-vol.41. #6

 

 

“Poised to lead the genre into a brave new future.”

-LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE issue #210-vol.41. #6

 

 

“Thunder and lightning rhythmic punishment of Led Zeppelin.

-LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE issue #210-vol.41. #6

 

 

“The band’s youthful, free-flowing vibes, spontaneous sense of interplay, and willingness to assume musical risk also make them simpatico with the current jam-band crowd—an audience that has already embraced the band and is rapidly integrating itself into traditional blues.”

-LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE issue #210-vol.41. #6

 

 

“A rough, revitalizing blues rave-up. GTBB’s Dust the Dust shows what can happen when the past is distilled through young sensibilities, voices, and instruments. This is 21st century blues at its best.”

-LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE issue #210-vol.41. #6

>> Read more…

-ghosttownbluesband.com

ghost town blues band


Trouble Looks Good On You- Amy Speace

amy speace- that kind of girl

“There are voices that serve as a bridge from the past to the future and act as soul connectors,  and as a people we need them to keep singing. These voices open hearts with this rare, one in a million quality. Amy Speace has such a voice. Just ask the legendarily discerning Judy Collins; she’ll tell you.

 


Amy’s got it, and then some. She is a timeless artist, a time traveler. 
Part past, part future. And that’s a good thing, a really good thing.” 

- Mary Gauthier

 

 

“What Amy Speace says – what she sings – she says with a confluence of poetry and honesty, of emotional specificity,” writes The New York Times.   Speace is one of the most heralded singers and songwriters of her generation, working for the past 10 years under the radar of the mainstream music industry.  She began her creative life in NYC in theater, mostly in Shakespeare, mostly in fringe and experimental companies.  A lifelong musician, it was a chance meeting with legend Judy Collins that changed the direction of her life when Collins invited her to join her on tour and subsequently recorded her song “The Weight of the World”, calling it “one of the best political folk songs I’ve ever heard”.

>> Read more…

-amyspeace.com

 

 

 

It takes a few spins to embrace the latest work from an artist in order to fully absorb the lyrics and the nuances of the musical soundtrack.  I kept listening toThat Kind of Girl, the brand new record from Amy Speace to the point I felt this young lady needs a hug.  Recorded live in just three days at Mr. Lemons Studioin Nashville, the twelve finely crafted tracks are individual steps of recovery from a painful broken hearted relationship.

 

The Baltimore native who spent the early part of her career near New York as a Shakespearean actress prior to songwriting, Speace’s talent was recognized byJudy Collins who covered her song “Weight of the World” and invited her out on tour.  She departed for a much needed change of scenery to Nashville in 2009 and has released five previous full length albums, most notably How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat in 2013 with liner notes provided by Dave Marsh.  She continued to build an impressive catalog of gut wrenching songs inspired by her divorce with folks like Gary Louris, Ian Hunter, and John Fullbright adding guest vocals on those recordings.

 

So it’s not surprising that a wealth of Music City talent came together to help lay down the beautiful musical tracks for That Kind of Girl that shine both individually and as a whole.

>> Read more…

-Jay Minkin, March 22, 2015, nodepression.com

amy speace

Photo by: Stacie Huckeba


Backside Of Losing- Adkins and Loudermilk

adkins and loudermilk- album cover

Two of bluegrass music’s most admired players, Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk, joined forces with the official formation of Adkins & Loudermilk in November 2013. They began touring immediately in support of their individual solo efforts on Mountain Fever Records who will release the new Adkins & Loudermilk album in March 2015.

 

“In playing together, we’ve discovered a chemistry in the sound and the harmony structures that has us feeling like we have something magical and something we can now put in front of everybody,” Loudermilk says.

 

After years supporting some of bluegrass music’s most highly lauded artists, including Loudermilk’s time spent with Rhonda Vincent, Marty Raybon, and IIIrdTymeOut – with Adkins deep well of contribution from time spent playing bluegrass at Dollywood to most recently heading his own group, Dave Adkins and Republik Steele – they certainly hit the ground running with their impressive tour schedule and tremendous chart success for their solo albums.

 

At the time of the band formation, Adkins said, “We’ve known each other a long time. We’ve been writing for the last 7 to 8 months together, after knowing each other for a while. We were both fans of each other’s music. We just started writing together and while it wasn’t something that was premeditated, it just unfolded due to the chemistry we had. It all just happened kind of organically and on its own from getting together.”

>> Read more…

-adkinsloudermilk.com

 

 

 

“What is most enjoyable to me is the sound of Dave and Edgar when harmonizing. Their voices are distinctively different, with Adkins’ powerful baritone and Loudermilk’s more subtle tenor syncing perfectly on their duets, despite the wide variance in their tones.” Bluegrass Today

 

“Adkins & Loudermilk {album} is a strong statement from a newish band. Though all the members are experienced tour pros, every artist has to prove themselves again with any new endeavor, and these fellas really bring it.” Bluegrass Today

 

“The powerful, George Jones-style vocals of Dave Adkins curled across City Plaza just about sundown as he and partner Edgar Loudermilk entertained a capacity crowd on Fayetteville Street… the relatively new act capably combined bluegrass and hard country.” Raleigh News & Observer

-adkinsloudermilk.com

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Jubilee- Gretchen Peters

gretchen peters- blackbirds

“One of Nashville’s greatest talents of the past two decades… still equipped with the ability to stop clocks with a well-turned phrase.” – Uncut (9/10 stars)

 

“Ben Glover, Jason Isbell, Suzy Bogguss and others help out along the way, but this is all Peters’s show as she shines a light under some very dark rocks.” – Q (4/5 stars)

 

“‘Blackbirds’ is one of the most affecting murder ballads since Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska” left a trail of corpses strewn across the American landscape.” – Rolling Stone

 

“An Americana tour de force. Her time is definitely now.” – UK Sun

 

“…a profound, poetic, career-defining album from a singer and songwriter of the highest order.” – AllMusic.com

 

“Blackbirds’ 11 tracks rank among the most elegant and eloquent narrative punches to the gut she’s yet recorded.” – Nashville Scene

 

“‘When All You Got Is A Hammer’ is a war song for our times.” – No Depression

 

“Springsteen has Nebraska; Peters has Blackbirds.” – Folk & Tumble

>> Read more…

-gretchenpeters.com

 

 

 

 

“I get a lot of juice from the musicians in the room,” says Gretchen Peters.

 

In the case of her new album, Blackbirds, “juice” is certainly understatement. Recorded in Nashville, the album features a who’s who of modern American roots music: Jerry Douglas, Jason Isbell, Jimmy LaFave, Will Kimbrough, Kim Richey, Suzy Bogguss and more. But it’s not the guests that make Blackbirds the most poignant and moving album of Peters’ storied career; it’s the impeccable craftsmanship, her ability to capture the kind of complex, conflicting, and overwhelming emotional moments we might otherwise try to hide and instead shine a light of truth and understanding onto them.

 

Blackbirds is, in many ways, an album that is unafraid to face down mortality. But rather than dwell on the pain of loss, the music finds a new appreciation for the life we’re given.

>> Read more…

-gretchenpeters.com

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Turn Loose- JJ Grey & Mofro

jj grey and mofro- ol

From the days of playing greasy local juke joints to headlining major festivals, JJ Grey remains an unfettered, blissful performer, singing with a blue-collared spirit over the bone-deep grooves of his compositions. His presence before an audience is something startling and immediate, at times a funk rave-up, other times a sort of mass-absolution for the mortal weaknesses that make him and his audience human. When you see JJ Grey and his band Mofro live—and you truly, absolutely must—the man is fearless.

 

Onstage, Grey delivers his songs with compassion and a relentless honesty, but perhaps not until Ol’ Glory has a studio record captured the fierceness and intimacy that defines a Grey live performance. “I wanted that crucial lived-in feel,” Grey says of Ol’ Glory, and here he hits his mark. On the new album, Grey and his current Mofro lineup offer grace and groove in equal measure, with an easygoing quality to the production that makes those beautiful muscular drum-breaks sound as though the band has set up in your living room.

 

Despite a redoubtable stage presence, Grey does get performance anxiety—specifically, when he’s suspended 50 feet above the soil of his pecan grove, clearing moss from the upper trees.

>> Read more…

-jjgrey.com

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Take The Fall- The Rubber Knife Gang

rubber knife gang- broken lines

Upon release in late 2010, the reception of the group’s sophomore effort, Drivin’ On, far exceeded any expectations that John, Hank, and Willy had prior. The album quickly jumped onto the Euro-Americana Chart and Roots Music Report while gaining airplay and fantastic reviews from all around the world. After a rigorous schedule of performances in support of the album (including a 2011 European Tour and an “Emerging Artist Showcase” at the 2011 IBMA’s in Nashville) the band took a brief hiatus before starting work on the new material that would become Broken Lines. During this time the initial spark from Drivin’ On began to take fire which is still burning.

>> Read more…

-reverbnation.com

rubber knife gang- show 211


Mother Of All Fools- The Blues Broers

blues broers- into the red

The Blues Broers pride themselves on producing an exceptionally fine, versatile and diverse live show. Known in the 90s as South Africa’s hardest working blues band, the Blues Broers played hundreds of gigs at festivals, in bars and in nightclubs.

 


However, the death of drummer Frank Frost in 1999 was a blow from which the band struggled to recover and in 2003 they put on a farewell gig in Stellenbosch.

 

Now, snappily attired in their trademark black suits and dark glasses, the Blues Broers are back in circulation with performances at old haunts and new, as well as being a welcome feature of the festival circuit again too.

>> Read more…

-facebook.com

blues broers


What Fools These Mortals Be- Sarah Moule

sarah moule- it's a nice thought

‘You don’t sing with the perfection that is The John Wilson Orchestra for six years, as she has in the past, without massive talent and perfect technique, so that now, as a solo artist, Sarah Moule stands in the very top flight of UK singers.’   Brian Blain, LondonJazz.com

 

In September 2014 Sarah released her fourth CD, Songs From The Floating World, which garnered 5 stars in The Observer, 4 stars in Jazzwise and 4 stars in Jazz Journal Magazine.  The launch was accompanied by a 21 date UK Jazz Services supported tour.

 

Since she began performing with her quartet – Simon Wallace on piano, Mick Hutton on bass, Paul Robinson on drums – in 2002 Sarah has established a reputation as one of Britain’s most exciting jazz vocal talents.

>> Read more…

-sarahmoule.net

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Photo by: Steve Ullathorne


King Of Fools- The Deadcats

deadcats- trashville jukebox

Canada’s original psychobillies…..PURRRRRR MAYHEM!!! They’ve been prowling the West Coast!

>> Read more…

-facebook.com

deadcats


Liars and Fools- Jason Eady

jason eady- daylight and dark- show 211

Jason Eady’s inspired new album Daylight and Dark embraces multiple styles of die-hard country music to weave together 11 songs about the deep, messy details of love and life.

 

 

The disc is sequenced to follow the arc of one man’s journey through the complexities of the heart. But the semi-autobiographical Daylight and Dark is not a concept album. Instead, it’s a powerful study in honesty; a collection of real stories populated by real characters that coalesced around Eady’s title track.

 

“The moment I came up with the first verse and chorus of ‘Daylight and Dark’ was a breakthrough,” Eady relates. “I understood that what I wanted to convey in the album is that life is not simple. Most songs don’t do that. They’re either happy or sad. But life doesn’t work that way. Most of the time we live somewhere in between. And that place is between the daylight and the dark.”

 

It took roughly three months for Eady to write and begin recording these songs that he describes as “going beyond the surface and digging into the little cracks in our lives, our dreams and our desires — the things that keep us from connecting, that we all have to deal with, all the time.”

 

Eady’s sixth release is the follow-up to 2012’s AM Country Heaven, an artistic and commercial breakthrough that cracked the Top 40 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart, boasting an old-school honky-tonk sound and a complete lack of artifice.

>> Read more…

-jasoneady.com

 

 

 

Singer/songwriter Jason Eady’s earlier recordings walked the Americana line closely, but it wasn’t until he teamed with producer Kevin Welch for 2012’s AM Country Heaven that his music took shape and embraced traditional country. Daylight/Dark is a conceptual follow-up to that fine album, and like its predecessor, it remains rooted in honky tonk, country gospel, hillbilly blues, and outlaw country, performed without artifice or nostalgia. While the sound is modern, it’s worlds away from the slickly produced, mixed-genre mess that is contemporary country. Eady and his acoustic guitar are backed by Fats Kaplin’s whining pedal steel, Richard Bennett’s biting Telecaster, John Gardner’s uncluttered drumming, Steve Mackey’s electric bass, and backing vocalists where necessary. Daylight/Dark details the life of a man torn by his choices and addictions in the first person. It seems that no matter how well-intentioned he is when he wakes, by nightfall, he becomes prey to his self-destructive behavior. A vicious cycle driven by alcoholism and poisoned love are at the core of his difficulties. Eady’s earthy, expertly crafted songs detail the causes, consequences, and the humble beginnings of a change in his protagonist’s life.

>> Read more…

-Thom Jurek, AllMusic.com

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Only Fools Know Everything- Big Boy Bloater

big boy bloater- loopy

“One of the great blues men of our time” Jools Holland, BBC

 

“Bloater is a phenomenal guitarist!” Mark Lamarr, BBC Radio 2

 

“I love this guy…he has a voice that sounds like it’s been soaked in turpentine for the last decade!” Craig Charles, BBC 6 Music

 

“I’m a massive fan of Big Boy Bloater, he’s a charismatic boy with a big voice” Imelda May

 

“The best R&B guitarist and singer in the UK”  The Blues Magazine

 

 

Big Boy Bloater is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, radio presenter and entertainer of the highest order.  His take on roots and R&B has impressed many people within the genre, from the original greats of Blues & roots to modern aficionados.  He is regularly asked to play guitar for legends of R&B, roots and blues and he takes his own band – the Limits – on tours around the globe as well as working his own One Man Show and stepping in as a special guest or session player.

 

Bloater has played at many major festivals across the US and Europe, including Latitude, Secret Garden Party, Hop Farm Festival, BluesFest, The Great British R&B Festival, Burnley Blues, Viva Las Vegas and more.  His shows are always impressive, energetic and fun, without losing any musical integrity.  His upbeat songs belie their dark lyrics and intricate arrangements.  His voice has been compared to Howlin’ Wolf crossed with Tom Waits – indeed he was a nominee in Male Vocalist of the Year in the UK Blues Awards 2014.  It’s a unique show, not to be missed.

>> Read more…

-bigboybloater.com

big boy bloater


Chain Of Fools- Aretha Franklin

aretha franklin- lady soul

Aretha Franklin is not only the definitive female soul singer of the Sixties, she’s also one of the most influential and important voices in pop history. Franklin fused the gospel music she grew up on with the sensuality of R&B, the innovation of jazz, and the precision of pop. After she hit her artistic and commercial stride in 1967, she made more than a dozen million-selling singles, and since then has recorded 20 Number One R&B hits. She moved toward the pop mainstream with fitful success in the Seventies, but in the late Eighties experienced a resurgence in popularity, and continues to record in a less ecstatic, more mannered style. Fittingly, after more than 40 years of helping to bridge the racial divide in her music, Franklin sang “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” at Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009.

>> Read more…

-Portions of this biography appeared in The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (Simon & Schuster, 2001). Mark Kemp contributed to this article.

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Fool’s Hall Of Fame- Johnny Cash

johnny cash- the man in black- 1954-1958

Johnny Cash was one of the most imposing and influential figures in post-World War II country music. With his deep, resonant baritone and spare percussive guitar, he had a basic, distinctive sound. Cash didn’t sound like Nashville, nor did he sound like honky tonk or rock & roll. He created his own subgenre, falling halfway between the blunt emotional honesty of folk, the rebelliousness of rock & roll, and the world-weariness of country. Cash’s career coincided with the birth of rock & roll, and his rebellious attitude and simple, direct musical attack shared a lot of similarities with rock. However, there was a deep sense of history — as he would later illustrate with his series of historical albums — that kept him forever tied with country. And he was one of country music’s biggest stars of the ’50s and ’60s, scoring well over 100 hit singles.

 

Cash, whose birth name was J.R. Cash, was born and raised in Arkansas, moving to Dyess when he was three. By the time he was 12 years old, he had begun writing his own songs. He was inspired by the country songs he had heard on the radio. While he was in high school, he sang on the Arkansas radio station KLCN. Cash graduated from high school in 1950, moving to Detroit to work in an auto factory for a brief while. With the outbreak of the Korean War, he enlisted in the Air Force. While he was in the Air Force, Cash bought his first guitar and taught himself to play. He began writing songs in earnest, including “Folsom Prison Blues.”

>> Read more…

-Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic.com

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Photo by: Don Hunstein


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