Young musicians in Mississippi used to nail bailing wire to the side of a barn and tighten the wire by placing a bottle underneath and pulling the bottle close to the nails. For many, this was their first guitar. About a hundred years ago, three men in Mississippi lived and played their own style of music. Charlie Patton, Tommy Johnson and Son House were true musicians in every proper sense of the word.
Their guitars were strung with raw emotion. Their vocals rumbled like summer thunderstorms and their music rose with the steam from the Mississippi Delta. In winter, they leaned hard against cold north winds and their music sheltered and fed all of those who heard it, learned it and continued to play it.
1920 was the year Son House said he first heard the expression "Blues Music." We, the After MidNight Blues Band, call ourselves a blues band, not because we play only their music but as a tribute to those pioneers who have influenced so many forms of music. We play the result: modern electric blues, early rock and roll, as well as traditional blues. Most of us in the band grew up (musically) in the sixties, listening to The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder and others under the sway of the early bluesmen. We play music because we love it; so let the good times roll.