Monday, April 15, 2024

“Ghost Notes” review

By Gary W. Burnett, author of “The Gospel According to the Blues” What a sumptuous feast of a book this is. Coffee table sized, lavishly illustrated, and utterly engaging, it oozes quality from the standard of the writing to the beautiful quality of paper. You’ll love it just to have around the place or to […]

Freddie King: Texas Cannonball

If you’ve spent any time in a Texas blues club, you’ve heard not only T-Bone Walker, but Freddie King, whose influence goes beyond notes, style and material. The “Texas Cannonball” is there in the stinging leads that pierce precaution and in the low-slung blues breakers that remind everyone to tip the waitress or bartender. King’s […]

The Real Sonny Curtis Story

West Texan Sonny Curtis could very well be the Bo Jackson of songwriting. Instead of excelling in two sports, the 84-year-old Curtis penned two classics that are as different as football and baseball. As a Lubbock sandstorm howled outside his window in the summer of 1958, he wrote “I Fought the Law,” one of the […]