Blues

CJ Vanston was thrilled to have the opportunity to produce for Toto, one of his all-time favorite bands.  The project was a symbolic full circle experience having been a studio musician, first in Chicago and later Los Angeles.  CJ became known for creating sounds and becoming an expert on...
Jimmie Vaughan took time from his 2020 tour schedule for his NAMM Oral History interview during which he spoke about his early days as a musician. Jimmie recounted his Uncles playing music while he was growing up as well as some of his influences including bluesman Freddie King who would later...
Ernie Vincent played a key role in expanding the role New Orleans played in music on a national and international level. As a songwriter he wrote the funk based songs "Dap Walk" as well as many others based on the blues and zydeco.  "Dap Walk" proved that New Orleans was not just about jazz and the...
Rick Vito not only grew up in a home filled with music, but with his parents owning a night club he also had a built in venue as a young musician! He started playing guitar for local doo-wop and rock bands in and around his home state of Pennsylvania. Admiring the blues and learning the slide...
Jimmy Vivino wanted to be a blues guitarist when he first heard “Foxy Lady” by Jimi Hendrix!  He has since been a successful musician both on stage and in the studios. He and his brother played the Crown Lounge in New Jersey (Jimmy on B-3) and backed up all the groups that came to club, such as the...
Walter “Wolfman” Washington has been a staple on the New Orleans music scene since first picking up a guitar in the 1950s. After some minor correction on technique and tuning, Wolfman hit the ground running by joining Lee Dorsey’s band after which Wolfman went on to form and front a number of his...
Arthur Lee Williams was only five years old when his uncle brought over a harmonica for him as a gift.  Arthur took to the harmonica right away and made his career playing it and singing the blues.  While recording with Sonny Boy Williamson, Arthur learned to create new sounds as Sonny Boy did and...
Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams is the songwriter and blues singer who began his recording career in 1954.  His soul and R&B-based blues included "There Ain't Enough Love," "She's So Devine" and "I'm in the Danger Zone."  His popular singles of the 1950s and 60s on 45rpm changed with the trends of...
Johnny Winter has become an important link between classic blues artists and modern audiences. Johnny’s blues style stays fresh and current while playing the important standards by artists such as Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. Johnny began performing at an early age with his younger brother,...

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