St. Louis native Richard Gannaway -- guitarist, composer and producer -- began his music career as a touring folk musician in 1974.
Harry Lookofsky was born in Kentucky in 1913 and began studying violin at age 8, moving to St. Louis to receive his formal training.
Cowboy Roy Brown was the quintessential St. Louis street singer, playing a guitar he called "baby" and a kazoo he called "Leon."
Saturday is Record Store Day, a nationwide celebration of the cool joints where many have learned much about music (Euclid Records is making a weekend of it, per usual).
A very, very busy weekend; in addition to everything listed here, there's Record Store Day, which I'll cover separately.
There are big bands, and then there is the Educated Guess. Helmed by Singer, songwriter and arranger Charlie Brumley, the St. Louis group often sprawls to a dozen or more musicians on stage, but it's not the numbers that matter. It's the soaring, orchestral, soul-pop vision, captured on new recordings like the Motown-spirited "Baby, If You Want It."
Bluesman Joe Dean -- though advertised as being from Bowling Green -- was actually born in St. Louis in 1908.
I'm back from hiatus, bearing some very, very sad news -- vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Anne Tkach lost her life in a tragic house fire on Thursday.