Today is the anniversary of the birth of two of my favourite blues musicians, Jimmy Rogers and Memphis Minnie. Rogers once played a fine gig at the Wedgewood Rooms but is best known for his 1950s recordings when he was also the guitarist with Muddy Waters. Here’s one of his classics with a band including Willie Dixon, Otis Spann & Robert Lockwood plus a stunning harmonica solo from Big Walter (Horton):
I sang that one back in the 1970s in a short-lived band called Kindhearted Woman. Rogers’ mellow, melodic voice suits us white boys – easier than covering the Wolf!
And here’s Minnie – we used to do this in RP&Gone