Archive > June 2009

Talent Is Overrated notes

This is my summary of, and notes on, Talent Is Overrated, a fascinating book by Geoff Colvin. Innate abilities pretty much don’t exist. Colvin gives the examples of Mozart and Tiger Woods, two people often thought of as blessed with superhuman abilities. Yet when you examine their lives you see that both had fathers who […]

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Review of Fetch It! from Il Blues, the Italian blues magazine

Quando si va nel profundo Sud degli Stati Uniti a percorrere i luoghi del blues, non ci si può improvvisare “turisti per caso,” perchè il rischio di perdre pezzi di storia è molto alto. Bisogna allora affidarsi ad “un compagno di viaggio”, meticoloso e dettagliatissimo, come l’ottimo libro/guida “Blues Traveling/The Holy Sites of Delta Blues” […]

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Levi-Strauss on music

these facts make the creator of music a being like the gods and make music itself the supreme mystery of human knowledge.

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Oprah’s Aunt Katherine loves my book

Oprah Winfrey’s Aunt Katherine is a huge fan of Blues Traveling, and carries it around with her in her car, I learned recently. Katherine Carr Esters of Kosciusko, Miss., actually is Oprah’s cousin, although Oprah addresses her older relative as “Aunt Katherine.” Ted Ownby, director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at […]

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Mother’s Best Music Festival

Mother’s Best Music Festival — it’s named after another brand of flour that once sponsored a radio show in Helena, Ark. (King Biscuit Flour was the sponsor of King Biscuit Time, which lent its name to the town’s much bigger and longer-running festival, the King Biscuit Blues Festival, until an unfortunate legal challenge took that […]

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No more cotton in the Delta

That sounds like a blues song but it’s just an observation, of a big surprise on my recent trip down there. Most of the fields that used to have cotton, just a few years ago, now grow corn or soybeans. Rice seems to be more common too. But cotton is way down. An old cotton […]

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Down at the BB King Museum

The BB King Museum — a great new stop on the blues tour! I got to play and speak there recently, the weekend before the annual BB King Homecoming, when BB comes back to his hometow —  Indianola, Miss. — to play outdoors and in a club.  And I stopped back down in Indianola during […]

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Review of Blues Traveling, third edition

This is from the funny-named but highly respected country-blues website weeniecampbell.com, written by the great guitarist and teacher John Miller: “Blues Traveling–The Holy Sites of Delta Blues”–Steve Cheseborough, University Press of Mississippi Author Steve Cheseborough must be very happy at the reception his Delta Blues guidebook, “Blues Traveling”, has received, for it is now in […]

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