Big Mama Thornton: Everything Gonna Be Alright

  Today you are in for a treat. You may think you don’t know Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, but you do. Big Mama was the first person to record Hound Dog years before Elvis Presley prettied it up and made it palpable for a white audience. Not only did she record it, she sold 2 million copies in the four years before it was recorded by Elvis and rocketed to fame in the mainstream listening audience. Elvis made millions off Hound Dog. Big Mama made only $500.00. Listen to…

Muddy Waters: They Called Him Mud

Ask about McKinley Morganfield and you’ll probably get a blank stare. But ask about Muddy Waters and you’ll probably get at least a spark of recognition. People may not know exactly who Muddy Waters is or what he did, but the name stills rings familiar. He did something. Muddy Waters gave us the names of two of our most enigmatic rock institutions: Rolling Stone Magazine and The Rolling Stones. Yes, Muddy Waters put his stamp on American blues music and opened the door for the British rock invasion of the…

Stevie Ray Vaughan: “I Just Play”

When my son, Travis was in the 6th grade, he played the saxophone. I loved it. Until one afternoon when I pulled up to the school to find him playing a sultry tune while the cheerleaders danced seductively. (Oh the trials of mothers of musicians!) By 7th grade, Travis had jumped a couple feet in height, and he decided to add football to band and basketball. He would switch his football jersey for his middle school band tee shirt during half-time to play sax in the band and then run…

Tea Cakes & Whiskey Introduces Monday Morning Blues

Welcome back to Tea Cakes and Whiskey. We have a new look. Some new pages. And just in time for Labor Day, a new segment called Monday Morning Blues. Before we get started with today’s selections,  I’d like to point out that I’ve gone back and added a few surprises in some of my old posts. Look for the Vinyl Rules logo and be sure to stop by and check it out. Also, come back to visit Photography and Poetry as I will be adding new selections each month. Now,…

It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry

Lately, I’ve been feeling like a train. Kind of moaning and wailing my way around. Rattling. Things breaking down. Falling apart. You know how it is. You get a certain age and things just start to slip a bit. More wrinkles, less get up and go. But thanks to the wonders of modern medicine, I’ve got a brand new hip and now that I can actually get around again, I’m starting to find my mirth. It’s easier sometimes to sit down and cry, but laughing is a whole lot more…