Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pinetop Perkins

Last week, Mary, Dan, and I had the opportunity to see a musical legend perform. Pinetop Perkins, 96 years old, played at a local club. Unfortunately, due to technical problems, his electric piano wasn't working when he came out on stage, and even after it was allegedly fixed, it didn't come through in the mix very well. Even at that, it was a pleasure to see him. He began his career in 1927 and has played with the likes of Sonny Boy Williamson, Earl Hooker, and Muddy Waters, among many others. As Dr. John says in the video below, Pinetop plays gutbucket blues. He was honored with a lifetime achievement Grammy in 2005, and in 2009, his album, "Pinetop and Friends" won the Grammy for best traditional blues.

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