Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. Jerry Garcia (lead guitar, vocals), Bob Weir (rhythm guitar, vocals), Ron ‘Pigpen’ McKernan (keyboards, harmonica, vocals), Phil Lesh (bass, vocals) and Bill Kreutzmann (drums) were the founding members of the band until its dissolution in 1995. Through many lineup changes over…

John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker, also known as the King of the Boogie, was an American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist born on August 22, 1917, near Clarksdale, Mississippi. He is undoubtedly one of the most influential blues musicians of the 20th century and had an incredible impact on modern music. Famously known for his instantly recognisable…

Farewell, Dr. John

I was 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 genuinely 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 New…

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 of today. He plays several instruments: guitar, banjo, harmonica, piano and Cajun accordion. His musical style is heavily influenced by early American music: blues and jazz from…

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 most excellent musicians of all time as well as…

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. Amongst them, Radio Luxembourg and AFN, the latter having been brought…

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson was an American blues singer-songwriter from Hazlehurst, Mississippi. And probably the most iconic figure of the Delta 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 on May 8 1911, Robert Johnson…

Muddy Waters

McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters, was an American blues singer-songwriter as well as one of the most significant 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…

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 the blues. In 1930, Chester met Charley Patton who taught him how to play the guitar. Chester then decided to pursue a career as a blues…

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…