Farewell, Dr. John

I was extremely sad to hear about the passing of Dr. John yesterday. The world has lost one of its most talented and devoted musicians, he will be truly missed. Rest in peace, Dr. John. Malcolm John Rebennack, aka Dr. John (November 20, 1941 – June 6, 2019), was a singer, songwriter and musician from…

Blind Boy Paxton

Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton (born January 26, 1989) is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Los Angeles, California. Blind Boy Paxton is one of the most promising artists and one of the finest musicians of today. His musical style is heavily influenced by early American music such as blues and jazz from the 1920’s and…

Lead Belly

Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly, was an American folk-blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. His vibrant tenor, his virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar and songs such as Goodnight, Irene, The Midnight Special and Where Did You Sleep Last Night made him one of the greatest musicians of all time as well as one…

Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer, born in Ballyshannon, Ireland on March 2nd, 1948. Rory Gallagher developed a great interest in American music at a very young age through radio stations which broadcasted blues and jazz acts, such as Radio Luxembourg, some BBC programs and AFN, the latter…

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson was an American blues singer-songwriter from Hazlehurst, Mississippi. and probably the most iconic figure of the blues scene. His song “Sweet Home Chicago” is considered as a blues classic and was notably covered by John Belushi and Dan Ayckroyd in the critically-acclaimed movie The Blues Brothers. Born in May 8 1911, Robert Johnson first…

Muddy Waters

McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues singer-songwriter as well as one of the greatest figures of Chicago Blues. Muddy Waters was born on April 4, 1913, in Issaquena County, Mississippi. The young Muddy Waters expressed a great interest in blues music and started to learn to play the guitar and harmonica. His…

Howlin’ Wolf

Chester Arthur Burnett was born on June 10, 1910 near West Point, Mississippi. The young Chester worked in the cotton fields with his father where he got introduced to blues music which was very popular within the African-American community at the time. In 1930, Chester met Charley Patton who taught him how to play guitar. Chester…

Welcome

Welcome to Diary of An Enthusiast! What is an ‘enthusiast’? Well, the word enthusiast comes from the Greek enthousiastēs, meaning “person inspired by a god”. Although it was originally used to describe an excessive religious zeal, it is now commonly used to describe a person who is ardently attached to a cause or a subject. Well, that’s what…