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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

"Pinetop said it: 'You know the blues got soul'".

"Originally a guitarist, Mr. Perkins concentrated exclusively on the piano after an incident, in 1943, in which a dancer at a juke joint attacked him with a knife, severing the tendons in his left arm. The injury left him unable to hold a guitar or manage its fretboard." Interesting-- I was listening to an old interview with Dr. John a couple of weeks ago and learned that he used to be a guitarist until the tip of his finger was shot off in an altercation. So it's a good idea to have a second instrument is what I'm taking away from these stories.

Rest in peace, Mr. Perkins.

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