I got a call yesterday from one of my contemporary guitar heroes Sean Mencher. For you guys that don’t know check him out. His pickin in the band High Noon is really inspiring. He asked me to participate in seminar he is holding during the rockabilly shakeup in Boston this sept. He told me the featured guest will be Al Hawkes. I knew only briefly about him from a Lenny Breau article I read. Come to find out he was quite the influence on rockabilly music on the east coast. Here is a trailer for a movie about him. Man, I can’t wait to meet him and hear the stories.
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.
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
That is quite the article. I’m only half way through it, but have learned quite a bit. The origins of the recording industry is so cool. I read that Les Paul’s recording with Georgia White was done in the back of a furniture store. Makes sense records were the accessory to the Gramophone. Can’r sell record players without records. Thanks Bryan. I’m trying to figure out how a couple southern women ended up recording in Wisconsin.