Celebrating Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938), an American blues singer and guitarist born in Hazlehurst, MS. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a talent that has influenced generations of musicians.
A glorious return of outdoor Twin Cities music! Cutrufello, Connecticut-raised and Yale-educated, Texas honky-tonk heroine, fiery Midwestern roots-rocker, mixes jangly chords of the heartland with a Texas twang. Having spent nearly a decade working the Texas “triangle circuit” (Austin, Houston, Dallas), she landed in the Twin Cities in 2001 at the end of a tour opening for the Allman Brothers. She paused her singing career when vocal cord problems temporarily silenced her, but she’s back now “singing with a whole other level of nuance” and a lot of energy and soul!
Celebrating Christina Billotte (born May 4, 1969), an American guitarist with the band Slant 6, known for her involvement in the punk music scene in Washington DC as a performer and organizer.
Celebrating Emily Remler (September 18, 1957 – May 4, 1990), an American jazz guitarist in the 1980s from Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Her career was cut short at the age of 32.
Celebrating Richard Anthony Monsour (May 4, 1937 – March 16, 2019), known professionally as Dick Dale, an American rock guitarist, known as “The King of the Surf Guitar.”
Celebrating Narciso Yepes (November 14, 1927 – May 3, 1997) a Spanish guitarist, considered one of the finest virtuoso classical guitarists of the twentieth century.
Celebrating Fred Lincoln “Link” Wray, Jr. (May 2, 1929 – November 5, 2005), a Native American rock and roll guitarist from Dunn, NC who became popular in the late 1950s building on the distorted electric guitar sound of his early records.
Celebrating McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913 or 1915 – April 30, 1983), known professionally as Muddy Waters, an American blues musician born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, who is often cited as the “father of modern Chicago blues”.
Celebrating Leni Stern (born Magdalena Thora on April 28, 1952), an electric guitarist and ngoni player born in Munich, Germany. She has been awarded the Gibson Guitar Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year five consecutive times.
Celebrating Charley Patton (died April 28, 1934), also known as Charlie Patton and born in Hinds County, Mississippi, considered by many to be the “Father of the Delta Blues.” He inspired most Delta blues musicians, and the musicologist Robert Palmer considered him one of the most important American musicians of the twentieth century.