A member of Muddy Waters' legendary late 1940s-1950s band, Jimmy Rogers pioneered a blues guitar style that made him one of the most revered sidemen of all time. Rogers also had a significant if star-crossed career as a singer and solo artist for Chess Records, releasing the classic singles "That's All Right" and "Walking By Myself" before a break with the label and changing public tastes drove him into a period of semi-retirement. In Blues All Day Long , Wayne Everett Goins mines seventy-five hours of interviews with Rogers' family, collaborators, and peers to follow a life spent playing the blues. Goins' account takes Rogers from a childhood learning harmonica alongside future virtuoso Snooky Pryor to rich descriptions of playing Chicago clubs, from recording sessions at Chess to the everyday struggle to find the next show and the right groove. Goins' work concludes with the little-known story of a late-in-life renaissance that included new music, entry into the Blues Hall of Fame, and high-profile tours with Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones. Informed and definitive, Blues All Day Long fills a gap in twentieth century music history with the story of an eminent blues musician and one of the genre's seminal bands.
Subjects: History, Music
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