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Billie in her prime.

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Billie Holiday, born on this day in 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Here she is singing "Farewell to Storyville" with Louis Armstrong in the 1947 film "New Orleans."

Yvonne sings back up on this song, with Mavis (obviously) taking the lead.

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In memory of Yvonne Staples

Yvonne Staples was the baritone who helped propel the Staples Singers to the top of the music charts and into the rock & roll hall o...f fame in 1999. Together with her sisters Mavis and Cleotha and their father, Pop Staples, on guitar, the Staple Singers were crucial additions to the canons of American gospel, R&B and soul. They were constant collaborators in the spheres of rock, pop and folk, as well as legendary Stax artists.

She can be heard singing on hits including “Respect Yourself,” “I’ll Take You There” and “Heavy Makes You Happy.”

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Glad Mavis is still keepin' on.

With highest respect and greatest thanks for the music you gave us

Ms. Staples was a background voice and business manager for her family’s pop and soul group, whose 1970s hits included “I’ll Take You There.”
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hahahah- rut ro

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Thanks to Bob Porter for this!

Merle with Norman Hammlet on pedal steel and Johnny Gimble and Tiny Moore on fiddle. 6 minutes well spent.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj6YzvSkcjo

Raise your hand!

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Summer of ‘69.....Raise your hand with Janis & I ! ✌🏻
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This is a wonderful interview and music segment of the mini doc that also includes the boy's mother. "It's a story about doing what you were put here to do"-Annie D'Angelo

"In new mini-documentary, Willie Nelson talks about being a father on the road, and sits down for a remarkable performance with sons Lukas and Micah."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA21fkcUKh4

In new mini-documentary, Willie Nelson talks about being a father on the road, and sits down for a remarkable performance with sons Lukas and Micah. Get the ...
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Hahaahah- I love this. Is that a baritone sax? Quite the contraption, and he makes it quite musical. I want to get up and swirl a scarf around and stomp my feet.

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Rare And Strange Instruments

The Stranierofono is a PVC bass clarinet played via a keyboard (yes he made it!) on an accordion, for a one-man band performance, by his creator Mark Di Giuseppe. His website thestraniero.com
More about Rare and Strange Instruments on the official blog : rareandstrangeinstruments.com

Of course, I know well and deeply appreciate the women on this list. Most of them are right square in my wheel house. Check out the video of Rosie Flores at the very end of the article. She kicks it. Love her singing and playing. Big time heroine of mine.

Rosetta Tharpe tops the list of criminally under-appreciated women artists whose singing, musicianship, songwriting and vision demonstrates they deserve the status of artist accorded to a long list of less talented white men in the rock-and-roll canon.
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Blind Faith was one of my favorite albums in high school. I sang this song along with Steve Winwood many times. This is a mighty fine rendering by a young Bonnie Raitt, with Lowell George, John Hammond Jr and Freebo (her long time bass player). It is from a very casual radio performance, and Bonnie does a great job of filling the time while the guys get tuned up and ready.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4tJiyU_gjY

This is awesome! I love hearing his insights and commentary, intermingled with his amazing playing. And those little of the wall things he says with such a dry tone.

About playing guitar generally: "..endless fun for young and old, ...and in this case, old"

And referring to the National Steel: "I could probably play it on that, but it wouldn't sound quite the same as this delightfully vulgar piece of equipment" Hahahahahaah- I know exactly what he's talking about

A factory favorite! Soundbreaking from PBS explores the evolution of live and recorded music over the decades.
One of our favorite episodes includes Martin player Mark Knopfler. http://bit.ly/2tG2x5X

Taken from “Soundbreaking” documentary © 2016 Higher Ground LLC vk.com/markknopfler
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Spring greetings!

I know it is pretty chilly outside today where I live, but the flowers have been blooming in spite of the cold, and we will be seeing more and more of that over the next several weeks. The first bloomers in my yard are hellebores, which start to flower in late January. (I will put the photos in the comments section.)

I have a bunch of these, in greenish white, dark purple and these light purple ones. I feel like spreading the spring vibe today, so I am incl...

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