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California

California
It is unimaginable what some of the people of California are suffering right now. In a part of the world known for its natural beauty, nature and mankind have delivered a tragic blow. I’d like to dedicate this blog edition to the people of California, those who have lost and are suffering and those who are no doubt deeply affected by these terrible fires. My family and I have some close friends in California and thankfully they have not been directly impacted.
There are thousands of songs that sing the virtues (and a few the opposite) of the state of California, its cities, towns and landmarks. There are hundreds of different songs each named just "California" alone. Likewise many an artist has come from California or honed their craft there in its rich music scene. In no particular order here are some songs (many sung and or written by residents of California) that to me are representative of the people and places from the Golden State.
I Left My Heart in San F…

Country Covers of Classic Country Songs (Part 2)

For this edition I'm looking to the women of Country Music for some inspiration, and there are plenty of great covers to choose from over the years.
Here is a notable song to start with, a rarity in that it's the first country female artist to have a million seller (1935). She wrote the song while missing her then boyfriend in 1934, the melody is based on the great Stuart Hamblen's tune "Texas Plains".
"I Wanna Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" by Patsy Montana Accompanied by the  Prairie Ramblers, written by Patsy Montana, (Ruby Rebecca Blevins, October 30, 1914-May 3, 1996). Covered at least 28 times.
Suzy Bogguss (1989), Cyndi Lauper featuring Jewel (2016).

Next we have a song many women may be able to relate too ;)
"Don't Come Home A'Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)" by Loretta Lynn, written by Loretta Lynn and her sister Peggy Sue Wright. First recorded in 1966, covered just 10 times. Gretchen Wilson from the 'Coal Miner…

Songs from your Country

Songs of Social Change, Protest or Love.

This Land Is YourLand” (1944-47) written and performed by Woody Guthrie. Words were changed over the period of years as it was adapted from another one of his songs.
Woody is well known as folk singer/songwriter, political activist and cross-country traveller. He wrote this song to remind Americans and in particular the Politicians just who the good ole’ U.S.of A was for - the people-all the people. A version with name places changed by a Canadian Group ‘TheTravellers’ (1958). How we feel about our home country or country of birth has been embodied in songs both pro and con I would imagine as long as singing and songwriting has been around. To represent our country does it mean we have to exclude or even hate others in order to protect our own interests? Do we have to mistreat the planet? Or other people from other parts of the world or from our own country for that matter in order to feel better about ourselves? More importantly who gets to d…

Delta Blues Part 2

Delta Blues (Part 2)


As I mentioned in my blog (part 1) the Delta Blues has travelled near, far and throughout the world. Here are some additional notable artists from the Delta region, many of whom roamed from place to place often never staying for very long. Despite my blog views being somewhat dismally low for topics such as these, it is a subject critical to the understanding of today’s music, in particular modern blues and much of classic rock. While I feel the need to set a baseline by mentioning these artists, later I think I’ll reverse engineer from names such as Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Canned Heat and today's biggest guitar hero Joe Bonamassa. There is much to say about these legendary characters, originally just referred to as “songsters” or “wandering songsters” and “minstrels” many of whom have several stories written about them and I should do a blog or two on their own.
John Smith Hurt know as Mississippi John Hurt (March 8, 1892 or 1893, Teoc, Mississippi…