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Friday Night with Guitar George: Gone Fishing

Welcome to the ninety-ninth edition of Friday Night with Guitar George, the next-to-last regular post in the series. During my hundreds of hours searching the internet to get material for FNWGG, my two favorite discoveries were R. L. Burnside and

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Number Ninety-eight

Dear friends, tonight is the ninety-eighth edition of Friday Night with Guitar George. Barring any unforeseen calamities, two weeks from tonight—May 20, 2016—will be the 100th edition, and the last regular installment in the series. I won’t say that it

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Samantha Fish Edition

After taking a week off for the first time since BGS started eighteen months ago, I figured I better come back to work with something strong. I have been saving up this little jewel for just such an occasion. Samantha

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Nobody’s Fault But Mine Edition

This week we are, like Danny Glover in Angels in the Outfield, going back to the fundamentals.  No pretentious musings on philosophy or theology, no millennial singer-songwriter dude from France or Louisiana, no obscure bluesman from the Mississippi Delta.  Just

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Robert Johnson Edition, Part Two

No dope smoking, no beer sold after twelve o’clock Rosedale Mississippi Magic City Juke Joint Mr. Johnson sings over in the corner by the bar Sold his soul to the devil so he can play guitar Too cool to be

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Snowy White Edition

The beauty of conducting “research” for the weekly FNWGG piece is that I am constantly coming across people and things that I had never heard of before but certainly warrant my attention. This week is a perfect example: while looking

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Robert Johnson Edition, Part One

You want to know how good the blues can get? Well, this is it. –Keith Richards One of Chick Fil-A’s advertising slogans is “We did not invent the chicken. Just the chicken sandwich.” Robert Johnson did not invent the Delta

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Elmore James Edition

A three-inch section of hollow glass is the humble object that represents a balm to the soul, a salve to weary bones and a troubled mind. This singular item represents the difference between guitar and slide guitar, which is not

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Son House Edition

You may not recognize the name Son House, but if you are a fan of blues rock or the Delta blues that inspired it, or if you happen to be a fan of Jack White, then you are at least

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Muddy Waters Edition

Muddy Waters was born McKinley Morganfield in rural northwestern Mississippi in 1915, not far from Clarksdale, home of the legendary Crossroads.   Muddy learned to play harmonica as a child and guitar as a teenager.  He was a fan of, and

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