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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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Friday Night with Guitar George: RL Burnside Edition

I didn’t mean to kill nobody. I meant to shoot the sonofabitch in the head and two times in the chest. Him dying was between him and the Lord. –R.L. Burnside This week Guitar George returns to the ongoing series

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Fred McDowell Part 1

“If you pay attention— what I sing, the guitar sings too, and what the guitar says, I say.” -Fred McDowell This is the first of two installments on Fred McDowell, which will in turn be part of an ongoing theme

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Back to Atlanta Edition

Last week Guitar George went to the other side of the planet for a lively acoustic guitar performance in Botswana Africa, so this week I decided to bring it back home to Atlanta. Although the rapidly expanding fan base of

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Blues Lesson with RL Burnside

I absolutely love this video.  R.L. Burnside showing Dave Stewart how he changes his guitar tuning for this one song.  Check out Burnside’s facial expressions as Stewart starts catching on, and when Stewart nails the one riff at 1:48 Burnside’s

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Friday Night with Guitar George – Joe Ely

Sometimes the blues is heavy and anguished.  Sometimes the blues is light and wistful.  Sometimes the blues is played on electric guitar with lots of string-bending, and sometimes it is gently picked on acoustic guitar.  Sometimes the blues regrets (or

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Heyward & Blind Joe Reynolds

Welcome to the Jason Heyward/Blind Joe Reynolds edition of Friday Night With Guitar George. Wait—what does a twenty-first century professional ballplayer have to do with a Depression-era Mississippi Delta musician?  And why are we discussing baseball in the music section

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Jack White – Not Fade Away

Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way: Jack White is an extremely talented but very eccentric musician who is at times surprisingly charming and at times annoyingly aloof or self-indulgent. That’s fine. Know who else was extremely

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Friday Night with Guitar George: Howlin’ Wolf

This is such a badass performance. Not much guitar action going on to qualify for FNWGG, but I am throwing it out there solely based on the sheer badassness of the vocal performance. Howlin’ Wolf was born Chester Arthur Burnett

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