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Just letting y'all know that my nephew, artist & drummer boy Eugene "Scott" Noom passed away January 17th of this year. Cancer bullied him and eventually took him out. He will be and is already missed. You can see a photo of Scott at the drums when he played a gig with us in my photos (#2).


Here’s a fun look back at how Nazi Germany looked at jazz (from Herr Reichsmusikfuhrer):
1.) In the repertoire of light orchestras and dance bands, pieces in fox-trot rhythm (so called swing) are not to exceed 20%;
2.) In the repertoire of this so-called jazz tyoe, preference is to be given to compositions in a major key and to lyrics expressing joy in life (Kraft durch Freude), rather than Jewishly gloomy lyrics;
3.) As to the tempo, too, preference is to be given to brisk compositions as opposed to slow ones (so called blues); however the pace must not exceed a certain degree of allegro commensurate with the Aryan sense for discipline and moderation. On no account will negroid excesses in tempo (so-called hot jazz) be permitted, or in solo performances (so-called breaks);
4.) So called jazz compositions may contain at the most 10% syncopation; the remainder must form a natural legato movement devoid of hysterical rhythmic reverses characteristic of the music of the barbarian races and conductive to dark instincts alien to the German people (so-called riffs).
5.) Strictly forbidden is the use of instruments alien to the German spirit (e.g., so-called cowbells, flex-a-tone, brushes, etc.) as well as all mutes which turn the noble sound of wind-brass instruments into a Jewish-Freemasonic yell (so-called wa-wa, in hat, etc.)

Other things that were mentioned were no drum breaks longer than half a bar in four quarter beat (except in stylized military marches), the double bass being played only with the bow (no plucking of strings), no rising to one’s feet during a solo performance and vocal improvisations (so-called sat) were forbidden. In regard to #5 we can be assured that, if there had been such a thing back then, the wah-wah pedal would have been frowned upon.

The above was taken from the book HOT AND COOL JAZZ SHORT STORIES, edited by Marcela Breton.
The above info reminds me of the movie SWING KIDS (1993, directed by Thomas Carter, producers: Mark Gordon, John Bard Manulis). "American big-band jazz beats in the hearts of young German friends confronted by the Nazis." The original flyer: They wore their hair long, they fought the Nazis and they called themselves the Swingkids."

WHAT HAPPENED - January 21, 2020

Chapter One- Looking back and moving ahead:

I got a lot of great reviews (even the critics were good to me)

I had absolutely no techie skills to promote anything/everything.

I've yet to learn how to master my smart phone.

I had fun.

I met a lot of great people; I like to think I encouraged, inspired and helped a lot of people.

I loved my family and did what I could to be there for them.

I tried to be a listening ear and a source of encouragement.

I tried to be a good businessman.

A one time extremely shy country boy got out and did his thing!

I'm excited about what's gonna happen next.

I am most thankful.


Love is all there is, it makes the world go 'round
Love and only love, it can't be denied
No matter what you think about it
You just won't be able to do without it
Take a tip from one who's tried
-from Bob Dylan's "I Threw It All Away"

TODAY'S SPECIAL - January 7, 2020

Grilled Carburetor
in a special Valvoline Sauce
served with a side of lug nuts

*note: lug nuts can be substituted by
spark plugs upon request

BLUES IS - February 10, 2013


The first blues that I remember hearing other than what I heard in the cotton fields and the jukeboxes of West Texas was Bob Wills' music; the Milk Cow Blues, the Basin Street Blues and all the bles that come from Texas Swing.
-Willie Nelson

I believe there are only two truly regal women in this world, my mother and Bessie Smith.
-Prince Charles

Hats off to Janis Joplin who Bought Bessie a grave marker in 1970.

Different folks have a different idea of what blues is or how it should be delivered. A major blues magazine reviewer wrote that my stuff was more blues than a LOT of blues that's out there, but a local blues person said my stuff wasn't blues at all (and he was reffering to my Blues Guitar Deluxe CD). Add this to all the times I would get ready to play and somebody would say, "I really don't care for the blues," only to have the same person say, "That's the kind of stuff I like!" at the end of the night; after they had heard my material.

The blues is a personal statement made in musical terms which is nevertheless valid for all members of society.
-Frank Tirro

The blues as such are synonymous with low spirits. Blues music is not. With all its so-called blue notes and overtones of sadness, blues music of its very nature and function is nothing if not a form of diversion. With all its preoccupation with the most disturbing aspects of life, it is something contrived specifically to be performed as entertainment. Not only is its express purpose to make people feel good, which is to say in high spirits, but in the process of doing so it is actually expected to generate a disposition that is both elegantly playful and heroic in its nonchalance.
-Albert Murry

Like Hank Williams or Bill Monroe, Link Wray was also taught by a bluesman (his name was Hambone).

Isaiah Ross, alias Doctor Ross the Harmonica Boos got the nickname "Doctor" while in the military.

Howlin' Wolf was in the U. S. Army: Pvt. Chester Arthur Burnett, Picket line Troop G, 9th Cavalry.

I love the blues and I have great respect for the blues, but in this day and age, I'd like to try to keep the ball moving forward. -Damon Fowler

Because I had heard the innate rhythms of a people. My connection was that the world was missing out on not hearing what I had heard as a child. Memphis was the inducement- I mean, going out and hearing a black man pick a guitar and pat his foot and put a wood box under his foot to pat as he sings.
-Sam Phillips

It is important to remember that blues is an emotional music and is based on a musical "groove" that is meant to inspire the message.
-Bob Schnieders

If I came on with the lowdown blues like I've done in the past, the kids wouldn't dig that. But with the kinds of things I'm doing now they'll accept it and I can come back later to the lowdown blues.
-Albert King

It was Armstrong's soulful blues playing that got him his first real jobs, working in three piece bands.
-Jazz (concerning Louis Armstrong)

They learn in suffering what they teach in song.
-Shelley, the poet

As in all sweetest music, a tinge of sadness was in every note. Nor do we know how much of the pleasures even of life we owe to intermingled sorrows.
-George MacDonald

The mark of rank in nature is capacity for pain, and the anguish of the singer marks the sweetness of the strain.
-Sarah (Sadie) Williams

You can hear a good song and you enjoy that song, it uplifts you. It's almost like a dose of medicine.
-Big Lucky Carter

When I first started playing guitar it was way up in Seattle, and they don't have too many of the real blues singers up there. When I went down South, all the cats there were playing blues, and that is when I really began to get interested in the scene. I just listed to the way people played blues guitar, and I dug it.
-Jimi Hendrix

He'd try to copy what he heard and he's make up stuff, too. He lived on the blues around the house.
-Al Hendrix, father of Jimi

We liked Jimmy Reed, and then we got more into a lot of B.B. and Albert King. Albert King was a very, very powerful influence on him.
-Billy Cox, on early Hendrix

Carl Perkins's family was the only white family on the plantation when he was growing up (outside of the plantation owners). He talked about "the black folks singing" and John Westbrook, a black man he called Uncle John who taught Carl how to play the guitar and who gave Carl his first guitar. Carl Perkins, like Hank Williams, Bill Monroe and so many others, is another example of how African Americans influenced popular music.

Pink Floyd, formed in London back in 1965 to play a mix of R&B and blues, were first named Pink Floyd Sound by guitarist and singer Syd Barrett. The band was named after two Georgia blues artists: Pink Anderson and Floyd Councel. As the band's music changed, so did the name.

The bands Moody Blues, Lovin' Spoonful, the Rolling Stones and even Badfinger all got their band names from blues songs.

The Yardbirds started out as the Metropolis Blues Quartet (MBQ). It was singer Keith Relf who suggested the name change, Yardbirds meant "hobos who hang around train yards."

Starting out as a Jimmie Rodgers disciple, Gene Autry cut blues tunes and covered Rodger's hits for dime-store labels until he got lucky with his hit song "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine."

Western-Swing bandleader Bob Wills was very much into black music, jazz and blues. He did his own arrangements of "Sitting On Top of the World," "Corrina Corrina," and "Brain Cloudy Blues." It is documented that he once road twenty miles on a mule to see Bessie Smith perform.

Twenty-year-old Les Paul made his recording debut playing on Georgie White's "Trouble In Mind."

Before ZZ Top, Dusty Hill and his brother played with Freddie King's backup band (for three years) and in 1969 Dusty backed up Lightnin' Hopkins in Houston.

I think the biggest problem with the blues now is there is a lack of people doing something different with it.
-Joe Bonomassa

Jazz horn-man icon Sidney Bechet was blown away by a blues line he had heard while being in jail (after being picked up for being drunk and disorderly).

These are the words he heard his fellow prisoners signing in the dark:

Tied in a hundred feet of chain

Every link in the chain was an initial to his name

Warden came early that morning for him to be hung

On account of something he hadn't done

"Oh my God, that was a blues," Sidney remembered. "The way they sang it there, it was something you would send down to earth if it had been given you to be God. What you'd send your son in trouble if he was on earth and you was in heaven."

Once I began listening to the blues and realized I was a larger spectrum of music, things really opened up for me. That kicked it up a notch. I felt that I was becoming a guitar player, that t5he blues had broadened the scope of my instrument.
-Jeff Carlisi, founding member of 38 Special

Gregg and Duane Allman decided to form a band after catching a BB King show on a trip to Nashville

Steve Miller is actually a better blues guitar player than even most of his fans know. Back in the Milwaukee days his dad was very good friends with Les Paul and was even the best man at Les and Mary's wedding. It was Les Paul who taught Stevie how to play guitar. Then when the Miller family moved down to Dallas, guitarist T-Bone Walker used to play for parties in the family's living room. Stevie formed his first band at 12 years old. By 15 he was backing up Jimmy Reed in Dallas nightclubs. In Chicago Steve got to jam with a lot of the blues greats (such as Muddy Waters). So, Steve Miller is more than qualified to be listed among the blues cats. One of his later CDs, "BINGO", is an example of his blues side.


Yes, Chris Van Dyke passed away. He was a great keyboard player, easy to work with, dependable and fun to hang out with. He could do Beethoven (Song for Elsie) as well as rock and blues. He was the cat who played the organ on "Walkin' In the Sun," Percy Sledge's "Take Time to Know Her," "Texas Flood" and all the songs on the live bootleg "YEAR OF LOVE" videos. I'm thankful for all the trips he made down to Texas and other parts unknown. The news comes as quite a shock. He passed away October 13th. He was a Detroit boy up till the end. We last played together at the Blues Fest in Oxford quite a few years back. He was the real deal.

Azulado: blue-ish (in Espanol)

For those who wish to write, perform or play live blues:
When you can do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world. -George Washington Carver


The first blues I can remember hearing:
"It's rainin' here, down in New Orleans
Lord it's rainin' here, down in New Orleans"
-Jimmie Rodgers, the Singing Brakeman

I don't even remember the third answer-back line of the verse but I remember the first two lines (or- the first line, then the first line repeated).

Some of you may not know this but I originally did the Blues Guitar Deluxe CD to show off my guitar playing and my songwriting (and to show everybody the type of stuff we were playing). I never dreamed that so much could come from a recording project! I have appreciated all the comments from the listeners, and I am still proud of the project (even though I would have done a lot of things differently). But, having said this I am really excited about this new material.

The BLUES GUITAR DELUXE CD won the 2004 Jammie Award for Best Local Blues Album and has recieved much acclaim and notice.

I tried to translate this from the Dutch:
"Maybe a good ancedote for the future"
"He really wants to say that we should dare innovate"
"It all sounds very good"
"Sometimes sober like somewhere on a cottonfield and then is like the rush live in N.Y."
"I can only give this tip: buy this food and a thousand times dispatch"

A fresh treat! What Jacob Clyde does is suberb!
-Erick, Blues & Company Magazine (France)

4 bottles for a True-Blues Indie release that will appeal to both Blues Guitar fans and Southern/Texas aficionados.
-Andy Grigg, Editor- Real Blues Magazine

The songs are well performed and the guitar work is excellent.
-Kristy Hanson, Music Revue Magazine

Jacob Clyde's versatility will amaze you.

This Texan-turned-Grand Rapidian who plays slow-cookin' blues guitar says he's "into doing a new blues thing." His approach owes plenty to old blues guitar greats, but he also spawns some chops of his own.
-John Sinkevics, G. R. Press

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