Tuesday, April 12, 2011

...from Mark #8 - RIP Pinetop Perkins – 7/7/13 – 21/3/11

I've spent more than my fair share of time in Austin over the years and you always knew you were at the right gig when Pinetop Perkins was at the show.  And he seemed to be at all of them, always getting up onstage to tout his latest CD and more often than not tickling an ivory or two with whatever band was playing. The last time I saw him was as a guest with the stupidly good Hubert Sumlin.

Pinetop was a real two degrees of separation of the blues, whose glorious life stretched from knocking about with Robert Johnson and Son House as a boy to winning a Grammy at 97, with stints as Sonny Boy Williamson’s accompanist on 'King Biscuit Time' in the 40s and a dozen years as Muddy’s piano man (including the loudest blues album ever, Hard Again) in the 70's.

Pinetop took his name from the 1928 boogie woogie classic "Pinetops Boogie Woogie" by Pinetop Smith. Here's both versions and you can decide which one's best.  (Clue - it's both).

1 comment:

  1. Lou/LilmissmosherApril 12, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    yet another glorious selection of stuff posted in the last week...I'm off to see a band I know of mainly through GJ shows tonight - Jim Jones Revue! cant wait. Keep 'em coming :)