My daughter asked me to dance around the kitchen with her. Quickly needing a beat I kicked open my mental barn door, determined to throw a rope around the first rug-cutter that ran out. Somehow…some damn how…the first toe-tappable, finger-snappable number to appear was this, a song I first owned on vinyl in college. Sticks McGhee is of course the brother of Brownie McGhee, partner of Sonny Terry in the legendary blues duo. Sticks died young in the Bronx, NY; leaving his old guitar to Brownie’s son.
Below this first song is another Sticks McGhee number called ‘Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee.’ Habitues of this blog and real fans of the blues will recognize this as the basis of the Electric Flag song ‘Wine.’