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Monday 28th April 2014

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 header-brocks-120.jpg This week I have on offer some really nice tunes, slightly leaning towards the country style. They are however very pleasing to the ear. There are many other titles of the same and varying music styles if you would like to check them out, but please enjoy my offerings. Thank you.

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The video above is my favourite, just love this style, the sound, the beat almost everything about it. I first heard it made me want to listen to more of Tim McGraw.

 What is it with this sound, I cannot get enough. It seems strange to me, a Brit loving this American style of country music. Hope ye’ all enjoy it as much as me.

Another song that makes me see and think of nothing but sunshine. Being a guitar player I would so love to play this type of music, but it just does not suit a Brit. When I was gigging back in the 70’s-80’s I played in band that played country music, but it was what we musician types would call 3 chord wonders. Put you to sleep music, definitely if one played it. 

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Harry Manx.

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Friday 20th December 2013

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     Harry Manx is a musician who blends bluesfolk music,  and Hindustani classical music. He was born on the Isle of Man where he spent his childhood and now lives on Saltspring IslandBritish ColumbiaCanada.

Manx plays the slide guitarharmonicasix-string banjomohan veena and Ellis stomp box. He studied for five years in India with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. He has released eleven albums.

Manx was a nominee in the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for his cover of “I’m on Fire”.

http://www.thecountryblues.com/artist-reviews/harry-manx/

http://harrymanx.com/

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Background information
Born Isle of Man
Genres blues
folk music
Hindustani classical music
Instruments Slide guitar
harmonica
six-string banjo
Mohan veena
Stomp Box
vocals
cigar box guitar
Labels Dog My Cat Records
Associated acts Michael KaeshammerKevin Breit    
Website www.harrymanx.com

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Lady Pioneer of Rock n Roll

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She told the women who listened “You too can do this~”

These are the words every chic in the USA  heard from the incomparable and original Janis Joplin. Do you recall her salty and sultry vocals singing the blues?

Like in “Cry Baby”?

This woman who we saw take the entire nation and then the world by storm with her raunchy style became an icon of  many music fans. More so what she shared with us is that women do have their place in the world of Rock n Roll. Not just in pop, folk, and country where women had felt at home from the beginning. Women can do it just as sweet and successful as men can. Janis is the one who paved that road golden for those wanting a life in the rock n Roll industry. Before Janis there were female artists, many living a lie. They wanted to do their own thing in classic rock, but had been told over and over; it’s “not a place for a woman” And Joplin said, “Excuse me?”

In her rich Texas drawl Janis Joplin then would  add,  “NO Way! That’s not who I am.”

Born January 19, 1943, in Port Arthur, Texas, Janis Joplin developed a love of music at an early age, but her career never really took off until she joined Big Brother in 1966. Their album Cheap Thrills was a huge hit, but caused strife between Joplin and the band. Joplin left and her second solo album “Pearl” became her most successful, but she died of an accidental overdose before it was released.

And she broke our hearts. I named my youngest daughter after Janis Joplin. Until my Janis was in her 7th year in school she hated her name. All it took was a groovy English teacher to hear why she was named Janis. It was a school assignment about why you were named your name. and when her English teacher thought this pretty cool I was instantly a credible & responsible mom again in my daughters eyes.

Musically, Joplin and her friends gravitated toward blues and jazz music, admiring such artists as Leadbelly. She also was inspired by legendary blues vocalists Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey and Odetta, an early leading figure in the folk music movement. The group also frequented local working-class bars in nearby Vinton of Louisiana. By her senior year of high school, Joplin had developed a persona of sorts — a ballsy, tough-talking girl who like to drink and be outrageous.

n 1962, Joplin left again to study at the University of Texas at Austin. There she started performing at folksings — casual musical gatherings where anyone can perform — on campus and at a local club with the Waller Creek Boys, a musical trio she was friends with. With her forceful, gutsy singing style, Joplin amazed many audience members. She was unlike any other white female vocalist at the time — folk icons Joan Baez and Judy Collins were known for their gentle sound.

( I so wanted to emulate her voice and octave range,  but found her genre was not my style.)

In 1966, Joplin returned to San Francisco to audition for Big Brother Holding Company, which consisted of James Gurley, Dave Getz, Peter Albin, and Sam Andrew. The group was part of the burgeoning San Francisco music scene of the late 1960s, which also included such bands as the Grateful Dead, Its a Beautiful Day, Quicksilver Messenger Service, just to name  few. The band Big Brother was impressed with Joplin and wanted her to join the group. In her early days with Big Brother, she only sang a few songs and played the tambourine in the background.

It was not long before Joplin assumed a bigger role in Big Brother as the group developed quite a following in the San Francisco area. There is a lot to be said about the entire scene of the then San Fransisco music community. In my mind if  the band was not United Kingdom born  and it was any good, it  was because it came out of he San Francisco Bay area. All you need is to journey through my music collection to know this is how I still feel.

After a long struggle with substance abuse, Joplin died from an accidental heroin overdose on October 4, 1970, at a hotel in Hollywood. Joplin is a member of a club that NO one wishes to be a member of;  The 27 year Club.  To many musicians lives were lost at age 27.  For more information see link  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/27_Club

Completed by Joplin’s producer, her album “Pearl”was released the next year and quickly became a hit. The single “Me and Bobby McGee,” which was written by Kris Kristofferson, reached the top of the charts of San Francisco.

Many female vocalists (no just classic rock) have Janis Joplin to thank for her courage, and her on stage bravado. It was not an easy business for any woman to be in at the time. Remember this was before women were  becoming  empowered.

We thank Janis for her commitment to Rock n Roll,  She led the way for so many of us. It’s too bad that drugs and alcohol beat her, she would have taken us for quite lovely long ride.

The Last 24 Hours Janis Joplin~  read about Joplins last 24 Hours below. see actual film at YouTube.com – same title

http://www.examiner.com/article/janis-joplin-her-final-hours