Our man was born in Beaumont, Texas on February 23, 1944 he, along with his musician brother Edgar (born 1946), were nurtured at an early age by their parents in musical pursuits, both of whom were born with albinism, began performing at an early age. When he was ten years old, he appeared on a local children's show, playing ukulele and singing Everly Brothers songs with his brother.
His recording career began at the age of fifteen, when his band Johnny and the Jammers released "School Day Blues" on a Houston record label. During this same period, he was able to see performances by classic blues artists such as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and Bobby Bland. In the early days our man would sometimes sit in with Roy Head and the Traits when they performed in the Beaumont, Texas area, and in 1967, he recorded a single with the Traits: "Tramp" backed with "Parchman Farm" (Universal Records 30496). In 1968, he released his first album The Progressive Blues Experiment, on Austin's Sonobeat Records.
Our man was professionally active until the time of his death near Zurich, Switzerland on July 16, 2014. He was found dead in his hotel room two days after his last performance, at the Cahors Blues Festival in France on July 14, at the age of 70. The cause of his death is not clear. He was scheduled to begin a United States tour beginning August 1, 2014 at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury in Westbury, New York.
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Today's mystery album, was released on October 27, 1969, today's artist put his own unique Texas-born stamp upon Highway 61 Revisited. Fitted with a rampaging rhythmic groove — one which Dylan himself later would adapt for his own concert renditions of the tune — as well as a string of searing slide guitar licks, the song served as the centerpiece of today's mystery album, an 11-song, three-sided album released in late 1969 that many still consider to be the finest studio effort of today's artist career. Indeed, save for a trio of adrenaline-soaked, but otherwise unremarkable interpretations of tunes by Little Richard (Slippin’ and Slidin’ and Miss Ann) and Chuck Berry (Johnny B. Goode), there was nary a misstep on the collection, which largely featured a thunderous display of blues, rock, and psychedelia that sounds as fresh and inspired today as it did when it was originally released. In particular, a cover of Percy Mayfield’s Memory Pain was rendered as a raw, blistering meltdown of blazing guitar, while the frenzied assault of keyboards and electric mandolin that graced I’m Not Sure as well as the heavy turbulence that propelled Dennis Collins’ The Good Life offered further proof that today's mystery album was anything but a sophomore slump. Even the famed guitarist’s own compositions — the rousing swing of I Hate Everybody, the rapid-fire charge of Hustled Down in Texas, the burning bite of I Love Everybody, and the improvisational freak-out of Fast Life Rider — were marked improvements over those on his self-titled debut. This here is the 2004 Legacy Edition
Goldy Rhox 170 (flac 363mb)
Goldy Rhox 170 (ogg 129mb)
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