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96 on Sixth

My attention now turns to the song “96 on Sixth” – which is a tribute to Pinetop Perkins. It describes meeting him at Nuno’s on Austin’s famous Sixth street, and seeing him perform, and will be another ‘signpost’ in my Blue Odyssey song series -part of the trip that will become my next album. The word legend is bandied about in the music world with monotonous regularity these days, and bestowed on one-dimensional johnny-come-lately’s not fit to wear the crown. But in Pinetop’s case, it is richly deserved . He is the oldest surviving Delta Bluesman who still performs at the grand old age of 96, and recorded an album with stars such as BB King and Eric Clapton at the age of 94. I was dumbstruck to see him launch into “Got my mojo workin'” at Nuno’s. The guy is just incredible, and an inspiration. I just had to do a song about him.  Shaking his hand was like connecting directly to the Mississippi delta all those years ago, it was an unbelievable privilege.

I just hope the song will do him justice. I’ve lifted a line from his song ‘barefootin’ to intro the track – “everybody get on your feet” and hope to dovetail it nicely into the song, and the chorus shoutbacks will echo titles – take it easy babydown in mississippi, etc., to give a flavour of his work.

Once again this track will go over to my friend Stef for the drums to be added.  I hope to present the finished version to Nuno’s where Pinetop hangs out.  It’s a sincere homage to a remarkable character. Don’t stop what your doin’, Pinetop!

Kev Moore

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June 16, 2010 - Posted by | Blue Odyssey CD, blues, Home Studio, Music, Recording, Rock, Writing | , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Kevin,

    I am impatient to listen to your song “96 on sixth”, I guess through this post so much respect to this fabulous musician… You know how I appreciate him.

    I dare : don’t stop what you’re doing, Kev ! 😉

    Comment by Joël | June 16, 2010

  2. Hi Joel – I know you’re a big Pinetop fan – I hope I can do a good job in tribute to him!

    Comment by kevmoore | June 16, 2010

  3. It’s amazing how one artist’s work can greatly influence another’s- It’s all part of the creative world. 🙂

    Comment by asrai7 | June 17, 2010

  4. There’s been a saying in music circles for a long time:

    ‘there’s nothing new’ -and in fact, it’s probably true. The development of music is like a relay race through the ages, passing the baton as each receiver carries it forward with their own unique interpretation and style. I remember meeting up with a guy aged about 18, who told me he had become a bass player because I’d done a talk at his school about five years previously, about being in the music business as a bassist/vocalist. It was one of the proudest moments of my life, right up there with any gigs I’ve done or records I’ve made.

    Comment by kevmoore | June 17, 2010


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