Archives

Blues

The Blues Singer Guitarist Big Bill Broonzy (Photo credit: Copyright Terry Cryer; used with permission) The Blues Singer Guitarist Big Bill Broonzy (born William Lee Conley Broonzy) has long been a favourite of mine. His style was very distinctive. He would sometimes use a basic, fundamental guitar accompaniment, occasionally highlighted by stark, single string solos, [...]

Filed Under: Blues

Hokum The Technique of Hokum In a general sense, ‘hokum’ was a style of comedic farce, spoken, sung and spoofed, while masked in both risqué innuendo and “tomfoolery”. It is one of the many legacies and techniques of 19th century blackface Minstrelsy. Like so many other elements of the Minstrel Show, stereotypes of racial, ethnic [...]

Filed Under: Blues

“Papa” Charlie Jackson Papa Charlie Jackson was a very sophisticated player of the six-string banjo-guitar (six stringed instrument, tuned like a guitar but with a banjo body, that gave it a lighter resonance) and ukulele, who was one of the earliest and most successful of the solo blues singer/instrumentalists (note that blues was considered a [...]

Filed Under: Blues