When I was eight I heard Bob Dylan for the first time and he was singing ‘House of the Rising Sun’ and my whole life’s desires changed. I wanted a guitar and to write about being in the Dumps. So Blues was born in me at that moment. And to support my dream it was a few days later that I heard Eric Burton and The Animals do the same song and I knew I was on the right track.
To jump ahead, I got to meet Eric in Boise, ID in 1995 and spent some time with him and his secretary at the Fed-X office and later at the airport. I explained how he had a great impact on my career..
Back to a few years before, I hit the road at sixteen and headed to Chicago. At that time in the late sixties there were allot of musicians like me looking for gigs. Duane Allman was next door to me trying to find another guitar player before Dickey Betts showed up. Paul Butterfield was just forming a band. So on and on… In the Blues field, if your at the right door and around the right people you get breaks. What you do with them is another story.
Let’s say I met probably 50 super stars but just let no-no’s keep me from joining them for long time relationships with music, so I have just stayed with my solo dream….Some day..Some day I will release one tough Blues CD with some Super friends that have already felt the spotlight all over the world. We will be known as Dr.G and His Blue Shoes Band of Friends.
Peace at your face and the wind at your back……Dr.G
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