The NY times did this article about the search to find out about two obscure female blues artists, Geetchie Wiley and Elvie Thomas. I thought it was very good. Some very cool audio recordings and video clips. It also has some good information, and interviews with Mack McCormick. Thought you guys might find this interesting. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/04/13/magazine/blues.html?_r=0
Very cool. Thanks for sharing. I always knew the name because my Grandfather and his brothers were “hillbilly” musicians, so the name floated around the house because of them. I had no idea he did all of that. It kind of reminds me of the documentary on the Fame studio in Muscle Shoals. In the sense that a guy out in the middle of nowhere creates this studio that makes all of these influential recordings on history.
My name is Bryan Porter from the Charlotte area of North Carolina. Met Tommy when he was out doing a show in Durham NC. Took some lessons to help get over a hump, because the West Coast way of playing is very different than ours, and became good friends. We have been getting together once a week to share ideas, and push each other for about 3 years now. Looking forward to the forum. I love any excuse to nerd out on music. Tommy may be the biggest nerd, besides myself, that I have ever met.
Mary Osborne is one of my favorites of the Charlie Christian style, and of the era, players. Her album “A Girl and Her Guitar” is very good. A lot to be learned on her albums. A lot of people get hooked on her once they hear her. Just ask Tommy.
I have some records I will have to share with you when you come out to NC. It is an old record collection that Time/Life did. It is called the Swing Era collection. I believe it is, I believe 6 groups of records with 4 records in each group. Each group is a certain period of time in the swing era. Example you have the pre-swing era with all the black bands that started the movement, then 20’s-30’s, 30′-35’etc. Some killer stuff on it. My dad borrowed a few of them so I will have to get them before you come out.
I love how this guy plays the melody. That little 1/2 step bend he does in the melody adds a nice flair. Makes the big toe want to curl up. It is amazing the sick players that are just sitting and jamming in their room.