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No.9 TAM’s Top 15 Best Blues Songs of All Time

Time to get on down to number nine. But before we do I just want to say that this is one of the hardest and funnest things I’ve done here at The Audio Museum. Not to mention that with each new post I’ve learned something new about the music and the artists that make it. That alone has made this worth doing. I hope you are finding this as fun and enlightening as I am.

This next bluesman  is no stranger to any of us. He was voted 67 out of 100 by Rolling Stone Magazine on their list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. Not bad right? He’s influenced everyone from Jimi Hendrix himself to SRV and countless others. His song Stormy Monday gave BB King the inspiration to pick up his first electric guitar. He wasn’t just a great guitar player but also a fantastic entertainer, here’s T-Bone Walker!

Wiki:

Aaron Thibeaux “T-Bone” Walker (May 28, 1910 – March 16, 1975) was a critically acclaimed American blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who was an influential pioneer and innovator of the jump blues and electric blues sound. Walker began his career as a teenager in Dallas in the early 1900s. His mother and stepfather (a member of the Dallas String Band) were musicians, and family friend Blind Lemon Jefferson sometimes came over for dinner.

Walker was admired by Jimi Hendrix who imitated Walker’s trick of playing the guitar with his teeth. “Stormy Monday” was a favorite live number for The Allman Brothers Band. Chuck Berry named Walker and Louis Jordan as his main influences. Walker was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980, and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

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T-Bone Walker w/ Jazz At The Philharmonic – Live in UK 1966

“Woman, You Must Be Crazy” (Aaron Walker)
“Goin’ To Chicago Blues” (Aaron Walker)
w/ Dizzy Gillespie, Teddy Wilson, Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, Coleman Hawkins, Zoot Sims, Jimmy Moody, Benny Carter and Bob Cranshaw.

No.13 – TAM’s Top 15 Best Blues Songs of All Time

Here we go again and it’s time to do the do!

Today we’re putting down a little number that comes from a band with a very long history. The track itself is from their last studio album made in 2003 so interestingly enough it throws the listener off because it sounds like it was made and written over fifty years ago, but isn’t .
To my knowledge it is the only song performed by the two newest members of the band which makes it the first and only song in the bands 30-40 year history to not have an original band member in it at all.
This song has it all…carrying a lot of heart and soul mixed in with some down and dirty, it snuggles up close to you and soon you too will have a new Old Friend.

No. 13 – Old Friend

~The Alllman Brothers Band

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Wiki:

Hittin’ the Note is the twelfth and final studio album by the American Southern rock group the Allman Brothers Band. Released through Sanctuary Records, it was their first studio album to include lead slide guitar player Derek Trucks and bass player Oteil Burbridge and marked the full-time return of guitar player Warren Haynes to the band. It was also their first (and only) studio album not to include original guitarist Dickey Betts. More here.

You know hard time is just an old friend, just an old friend to me
I say hard time is just an old friend, just an old friend to me
Tell me now, old friend, when you gonna let me be?

Can’t you feel a cold wind howlin’ down, blowin’ my song
Can’t you feel a cold wind howlin’ down, blowin’ my song
Well, I ain’t an old man, but you know my time ain’t long

Gonna be a hard rain – you can hear it in the distance, sounds so near
Gonna be a hard rain – you can hear it in the distance, sounds so near
People, when the rain comes, it’s gonna wash us all away from here

Mean old woman, people won’t you tell me where can she be
Mean old woman, people won’t you tell me where can she be
She’s the only woman that ever meant a damn to me

You know hard time is just an old friend, just an old friend to me
I say hard time is just an old friend, just an old friend to me
Tell me now, old friend, when you gonna let me be?
Tell me now, old friend, when you gonna let me be?
Tell me now, old friend, when you gonna let this poor man be?

The Audio Museum’s Top 15 Best Blues Songs of All Time – No. 15

I’ve tried to not just list songs but also give a little history about them when I could. Some of my favorites are not necessarily performed by the original artists.

I  hope you find and gain a new passion for listening to the roots of the blues through The Audio Museum’s Top 15 Best Blues Songs of All Time as much or more than hearing  the newer polished material that we experience today. Either way when it’s good, it’s good. And that will never change.

Enjoy!

Coming in at number fifteen is a relative newcomer to the game but don’t let that fool you. He’s steeped in “old timey” and in this writer’s opinion is a breath of fresh air in today’s musical airwaves. Based out of Brown County Indiana Reverend Peyton has brought back a style of finger picking that was almost long and forgotten due to it’s complex nature.  Big sound coming from this amazing three piece band that includes the Reverend on vocals (love his voice!) and guitar and his wife Breezy on the washboard. They recently, to this post, put out a new album only a few months ago called So Delicious. Do yourself a favor and check out The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. Also check out the drummers floor tom in this video.

15. Sure Feels Like Rain

~ Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

I’m calling on you sunshine, shine down on me
I’m calling on you sunshine, help me see
The weather calls for sunshine, Just the same
Sure feels like rain

You tell me it’s all right, don’t think your lyin’
You tell me it’s all right, I think your tryin’
The weather calls for sunshine, just the same
Sure feels like rain

You tell me it’s all right, it don’t feel that way
You tell me it’ sall right, don’t’ matter what you say
The weather calls for sunshine, just the same
Sure feels like rain

I’m calling on you sunshine, shine down on me
I’m calling on your sunshine, set me free
The weather calls for sunshine, just the same
Sure feels like rain

The weather calls for sunshine, just the same
Sure feels like rain

from The Wages, track released 25 May 2010

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Washboard Breezy
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Peyton and fans

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