zondag 12 oktober 2014


Deze weblog is een toekomstig project.

Wilt U weten
waarover ik ga schrijven,

dan nodig ik u van harte uit

op de eerste dinsdag van de maand

naar de Beerkompagnie in Heerlen te komen,

alwaar ik om 20:00 uur met mijn vrienden
van De Tuesday Bluesday Club
bijeenkom om te praten over:

- Project "iA"

- Wvttk

Wie weet tot dan,

met joviale groeten,

Michel Hermes

(alias CJ MafBlaf)

dinsdag 19 november 2013

Portret CJ MafBlaf (Heerlens DNA)

This web log is under construction 
and will remain so for the time being.
Until then, view the video portrait below
(sorry, in Netherlandish only).

dinsdag 8 oktober 2013

Yank Rachell: a Blues Giant

From: Wikipedia

James "Yank" Rachell (March 16, 1910 – April 9, 1997) was an American country blues musician, dubbed an "elder statesman of the blues."

Born James Rachell, his career as a performer spanned nearly seventy years, and was often teamed with the guitarist and singer Sleepy John Estes. He grew up in Brownsville, Tennessee, but in 1958 moved north to Indianapolis during the American folk music revival. He recorded for Delmark Records and Blue Goose Records. Though a capable guitarist and singer, he was better known as a master of the blues mandolin; he had bought his first mandolin at age 8, with a pig his family had given him to raise. "She Caught the Katy," which he wrote with Taj Mahal, is considered a blues standard.

In his later years he appeared in filmmaker Terry Zwigoff's documentary about fellow musician Howard Armstrong, and was a featured performer with John Sebastian and the J-Band.

By the mid 1990s, Henry Townsend and his one-time collaborator Rachell were the only active blues artists whose performing lives stretched back to the 1920s. In later years he suffered from arthritis which shortened his playing sessions, though he still recorded an album just before his death, Too Hot For the Devil.