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Son Seals – Was An American Blues Guitarist And Singer

Frank “Son” Seals was born on August 13, 1942 in Osceola, Arkansas. At the age of 13, he began performing as a drummer with Robert Nighthawk and later as a blues guitarist, hugely influenced by Albert King. He formed his own band when he was 19, called “Son Seals and the Upsetters,” and performed at a local club in Osceola. While visiting his sister in Chicago in 1963, Seals performed briefly with Earl Hooker’s Roadmasters, and in 1966, he sat in on drums with Albert King’s band. After his father’s death in 1971, Seals moved to Chicago for good, where he was discovered and signed up by Alligator Records. This blues guitarist’s debut album, The Son Seals Blue Band, was released in 1973, followed by Midnight Son in 1976.

Top 5 Songs

Your Love is like a Cancer
Hot Sauce
On My Knees
Nobody Wants a Loser
Funky Bitch

Top 3 Albums

The Son Seals Blues Band
Midnight Son
Live and Burning

Discography

1973 The Son Seals Blues Band (Alligator)
1976 Midnight Son (Alligator)
1978 Live And Burning (Alligator)
1980 Chicago Fire (Alligator)
1984 Bad Axe (Alligator)
1991 Living In The Danger Zone (Alligator)
1994 Nothing But The Truth (Alligator)
1996 Live–Spontaneous Combustion (Alligator)
2000 Lettin’ Go (Telarc)
2002 Deluxe Edition (Alligator)

Lonnie Brooks Is An American Blues Singer And guitarist

Lonnie Brooks (born Lee Baker Jr., Dec 18, 1933), born in Dubuisson, Louisiana, is an American blues singer and blues guitarist. He first learned to play blues from his banjo-picking grandfather, and began to consider playing professionally when he moved to Port Arthur, Texas, in the early 1950s. He started his solo career as Guitar Junior and signed with Lake Charles, Louisiana’s Goldband label, releasing singles including “Family Rules,” “Made in the Shade,” and “The Crawl.” In 1960, this blues guitarist moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he adopted a new stage name, Lonnie Brooks. In 1969, he recorded his first album, Broke An’ Hungry, for the Capitol label.

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Top 5 Songs

One More Shot
Hoodoo She Do
Jealous Man
Cold Lonely Nights
Two Headed Man

Top 3 Albums

Broke An’ Hungry
Sweet Home Chicago
Living Chicago Blues

Discography

1999 Lone Star Shootout (Alligator)
1997 Deluxe Edition (Alligator)
1996 Roadhouse Rules (Alligator)
1993 Let’s Talk It Over (1977 session), (Delmark)
1991 Satisfaction Guaranteed (Alligator)
1988 Live From Chicago-Bayou Lightning Strikes (Alligator)
1986 Wound Up Tight (Alligator)
1985 Live at Pepper’s (Black Magic)
1984 The Crawl (Charly)
1983 Hot Shot (Alligator)
1981 Turn On The Night (Alligator)
1980 Blues Deluxe (Alligator/WXRT)
1979 Bayou Lightning (Alligator)
1978 Living Chicago Blues, Vol.3 (Alligator)
1975 Sweet Home Chicago (Black & Blue)
1969 Broke An’ Hungry (Capitol)

Roy Rogers – Most Famous American Singer And Cowboy Actor

Blues guitarist Roy Rogers (Jul 28, 1950), named after the singing cowboy Roy Rogers, is an American slide guitarist and record producer. Born in Redding, California, Rogers began playing guitar at 12 years of age and at age 13 he was performing in a rock ‘n’ roll band. He formed his own band in 1980, called the Delta Rhythm Kings, and toured Europe with the 1982 San Francisco Blues Festival Revue. Upon returning from Europe, Rogers joined John Lee Hooker’s Coast to Coast Blues Band and toured with them for four years as a featured blues guitarist and vocalist. He released his first solo album, Chops Not Chaps, in 1985 on his own label.

Top 5 Songs

Bad Situation
Don’t Say A Word
Rockin’ at The Hey Hey
Slide Zone
Ode to The Delta

Top 3 Albums

Chops Not Chaps
Blues on the Range
Split Decision

Discography

Rogers And Burgin: A Foot In The Door (1976 Waterhouse Records)
Chops Not Chaps (1986, Blind Pig Records)
Slidewinder (1988, Blind Pig Records)
Blues on the Range (1989, Blind Pig Records)
R&B (1991, Blind Pig Records)
Slidewinder (1992, Blind Pig Records)
Travellin’ tracks (1992, Blind Pig Records)
Slide of Hand (1993, Liberty)
Slide Zone (1994, Capitol)
Rhythm & Groove (1996, Pointblank)
Pleasure & Pain (1998, Pointblank)
Everybody’s Angel (1999, Roshan)
Slideways (2002, Evidence)
Roots of Our Nature (2002, Blind Pig Records)
Live! At The Sierra Nevada Brewery Big Room (2004, Chops Not Chaps)
The Best of Two (2007, Chops Not Chaps)
Ballads Before The Rain (2008, Friday Music)
Split Decision (2009, Blind Pig Records)

Mississippi Fred McDowell – Was Blues Singer, Blues Guitarist In The North Mississippi style

Fred McDowell (Jan 12, 1904 – Jul 3, 1972), also known as Mississippi Fred McDowell, was a blues singer and blues guitarist in the North Mississippi style. Born in Rossville, Tennessee, he started playing guitar at the age 14 at dances and continued to play at picnics and parties for tips as he eventually settled down in Como, Mississippi, in 1940, where he lived the rest of his life. In 1959, McDowell was discovered and recorded by folklorist Alan Lomax and later by Chris Strachwitz, owner of the Arhoolie label, releasing two very successful albums, Fred McDowell Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 in the mid-‘60s. This blues guitarist’s career came to an end when he died of cancer in 1972.

Top 5 Songs

Shake ‘Em On Down
61 Highway
Kokomo Me Baby
You Got To Move
John Henry

Top 3 albums

I Do Not Play No Rock ‘N’ Roll
Live in New York
Delta Blues

Discography

1964 Delta Blues (Arhoolie Records)
1965 My Home Is In The Delta (Testament Records)
1969 I Do Not Play No Rock ‘N’ Roll (Capitol Records)
1972 1904-1972 (Just Sunshine Records)
1973 Live In New York (Oblivion Records Inc.)
1980 Bluesmen 4 (Guimbarda)
1982 1962 (Heritage)
1990 Long Way From Home (Milestone Records)
1994 Amazing Grace (Testament Records)
1996 Mississippi Blues (Orbis)
1997 The First Recordings (Rounder Records)
2002 Mama Says I’m Crazy (Fat Possum Records)
2009 Fred McDowell (Mississippi Records)

Warren Haynes – An American Rock |blues guitarist , Vocalist And Songwriter

Warren Haynes, born in Asheville, North Carolina, is an American rock and blues guitarist. He was primary singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the band Gov’t Mule, formed in 1994 with Matt Abts from Dickey Betts Band and Allen Woody from the Allman Brothers Band. He was ranked 23rd on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2003 along with the other Allman Brothers Band guitarists. Warren got his first break at the age of 20 in 1980, when he joined David Allan Coe’s touring and recording band. He has also toured and recorded with former members of the Grateful Dead. This blues guitarist’s first solo album, Tales of Ordinary Madness, was released in 1993, followed by two solo acoustic albums, The Lone EP and Live From Bonnaroo, in 2003 and 2004, respectively.

Top 5 Songs
Mr. Big
Soulshine
Beautifully Broken
Birth of the Mule
Thorazine Shuffle

Top 3 Albums
Tales of Ordinary Madness
The Lone EP
Live at Bonnaroo

Discography

Allman Brothers Band:
Seven Turns, 1990
Shades of Two Worlds, 1991
An Evening with the Allman Brothers Band: First Set, 1992 (live)
Where It All Begins, 1994
An Evening with the Allman Brothers Band: 2nd Set, 1995 (live)
Hittin’ the Note, 2003
One Way Out, 2004 (live)

Gov’t Mule:
Gov’t Mule, 1995
Live at Roseland Ballroom, 1996
Dose, 1998
Live … With A Little Help From Our Friends, 1998
Life Before Insanity, 2000
Wintertime Blues: The Benefit Concert, 2000
The Deep End, Volume 1, 2001
The Deep End, Volume 2, 2002
The Deepest End, Live In Concert, 2003
Deja Voodoo, 2004
Mo’ Voodoo (EP), 2005
High & Mighty, 2006
Mighty High, 2007
Holy Haunted House, 2008 (live)
By a Thread, 2009

Dave Matthews Band:
Live at Piedmont Park
The Central Park Concert

Warren Haynes:
Tales Of Ordinary Madness – 1993
The Lone EP – 2003 (live)
Live at Bonnaroo – 2004 (live)

Phil Lesh & Friends:
There and Back Again – 2002

Garth Brooks:
No Fences, writing credits on song “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House” – 1990

David Allan Coe:
Live – If That Ain’t Country… , 1997 (live)

Corrosion of Conformity:
America’s Volume Dealer – Stare Too Long – 2000

The Derek Trucks Band:
Already Free, writing credits on song “Back Where I Started” – 2009

Compilation:
Freeway Jam: To Beck and Back Jeff Beck Tribute – 2007 – Track #7 “The Pump”

Kevn Kinney (of Drivin’ N Cryin’ fame):
The Flower & The Knife – Producer, Backup Vocalist and Guitarist on most of the tracks – 2000