Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Pinetop's boogie woogie

With his cascading 88s and mellow vocals, Pinetop Perkins was a cinch for the 2010 Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album (Joined at the Hip, with harmonica wizard Willie "Big Eyes" Smith). At 97, he was also the oldest Grammy winner ever. On March 21, 2011, just over a month after the ceremony, the legendary bluesman died from a heart attack at his home in Austin. Here he is live in the '90s, performing "Miss Ida Bee."

Perkins is featured on the excellent Smithsonian Folkways CD Blues Routes.
Muddy Waters, Speckled Red, Sunnyland Slim, Robert Nighthawk, Louisiana Red, Furry Lewis, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, Blind Boy Fuller, Cow Cow Davenport, David Honeyboy Edwards, Catfish Keith, Buckwheat Zydeco, Kokomo Arnold, Barbeque Bob
Have you ever played around with creating your own colorful blues or jazz name? Google "blues name generator" and try a few and report back your results if you like. On two tries, mine were Palmer "Jazzy Stretch" Blackwell and Boney Back Lee. Not too shabby!


  1. WOW!! Your names seem to be infinitely better than mine, the best being "Sage Thumb Thumper Fink." Not much of a ring to it!! Along those lines, my favorite blues name of all time has to be LEADBELLY! So simple but so intense...

  2. That site is fun! My Blues name is amy "Acoustic Kickin'" Lewis

  3. yeah, it doesn't quite have the oomph of "Howlin Wolf"! But it does have it's own weird charm ... Englebert Humperdick's American cousin?

  4. i got "voodoo blue" adler, which i LOVE! what a fun post. and that video was great. watching him play the piano was mind boggling!