Blues Star Michael Burks
on stage with BW
and Blues Guitarist
Ballad of John Lee
Pride & Joy
RIP Pinetop Perkins July 7, 1913 to March 21, 2011.
While I was on tour in Indiana years ago I was playing at a cool small bar near Gary Indiana. Pinetop had fallen out of view from the Blues community and the club owner found him and invited him in to live at his house next to the club. The club owner was a huge Blues fan and knew of Pinetop's accomplishments. After our first set Pinetop was sitting and watching at a near by table. We were introduced and through out the evening we visited as he told stories of traveling with Muddy Waters and of nights playing Blues in Chicago. I spent time with him again backstage at the Orpheum theatre during the Blues awards in Memphis a few years later. He had be rediscovered by the Blues world and was on his way back to the top of the record industry as a blues star. I remember in Memphis we were joking around and I asked Pinetop, and this was years ago, how he can play music for so long? He replied " by the grace of God". I always will cherish the memory of my meeting Pinetop Perkins and the evening we spent talking about the Blues. For 97 years, a legendary, loved and highly respected blues musicians of our time.
Thank you to Blues By The Bay and Eureka for a rockin blues time and promoters Alan S., Glenn M., Mike B. & KHUM Radio for your broadcast of the concert LIVE! Terrific to work with such a professional crew on stage, sound and hospitality!
Thank you El Dorado Hills and Mary C. for promoting a terrific Rockin the Blues Thursday Night Concert!
photo credit: Mark Berger
Thanks to everyone for a successful
Blues & Brews 2009!
On the rear of the One Dollar bill, you will see two circles. Together, they comprise the Great Seal of the United States .
The First Continental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a group of men come up with a Seal. It took them four years to accomplish this task and another two years to get it approved.
If you look at the left-hand circle, you will see a Pyramid.
Who was Hayim Solomon?
Notice the face is lighted, and the western side is dark. This country was just beginning. We had not begun to explore the west or decided what we could do for Western Civilization. The Pyramid is uncapped, again signifying that we were not even close to being finished. Inside the capstone you have the all-seeing eye, an ancient symbol for divinity. It was Franklin 's belief that one man couldn't do it alone, but a group of men, with the help of God, could do anything.
'IN GOD WE TRUST' is on this currency.
The Latin above the pyramid, ANNUIT COEPTIS, means, 'God has favored our undertaking.'
The Latin below the pyramid, NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM, means, 'a new order has begun.'
At the base of the pyramid is the Roman Numeral for 1776. (MDCCLXXVI)
If you look at the right-hand circle, and check it carefully, you will learn that it is on every National Cemetery in the United States It is also on the Parade of Flags Walkway at the Bushnell, Florida National Cemetery , and is the centerpiece of most hero's monuments. Slightly modified, it is the seal of the President of the United States , and it is always visible whenever he speaks, yet very few people know what the symbols mean.
The Bald Eagle was selected as a symbol for victory for two reasons: First, he is not afraid of a storm; he is strong, and he is smart enough to soar above it. Secondly, he wears no material crown. We had just broken from the King of England Also, notice the shield is unsupported. This country can now stand on its own. At the top of that shield you have a white bar signifying congress, a unifying factor. We were coming together as one nation. In the Eagle's beak you will read, ' E PLURIBUS UNUM' meaning,'one from many.'
Above the Eagle, you have thirteen stars, representing the thirteen original colonies, and any clouds of misunderstanding rolling away. Again, we were coming together as one.
Notice what the Eagle holds in his talons. He holds an olive branch and arrows. This country wants peace, but we will never be afraid to fight to preserve peace. The Eagle always wants to face the olive branch, but in time of war, his gaze turns toward the arrows.
They say that the number 13 is an unlucky number. This is almost a worldwide belief. You will usually never see a room numbered 13, or any hotels or motels with a 13th floor. But think about this:
13 original colonies,
13 signers of the Declaration of Independence,
13 stripes on our flag,
13 steps on the Pyramid,
13 letters in, 'Annuit Coeptis,'
13 letters in 'E PluribusUnum,'
13 stars above the Eagle,
13 bars on that shield,
13 leaves on the olive branch,
And if you look closely,
And finally, if you notice the arrangement of the 13 stars in the right-hand circle you will see that they are arranged as a Star of David. This was ordered by George Washington who, when he asked Hayim Solomon, a wealthy Philadelphia Jew, what he would like as a personal reward for his services to the Continental Army, Solomon said he wanted nothing for himself but that he would like something for his people. The Star of David was the result. Few people know that it was Solomon who saved the Army through his financial contributions but died a pauper.
I always ask people, 'Why don't you know this?' Your children don't know this, and their history teachers don't know this. Too many veterans have given up too much to ever let the meaning fade. Many veterans remember coming home to an America that didn't care. Too many veterans never came home at all.
Now you know what is on the back of the
UNITED STATES ONE DOLLAR BILL, and what it stands for!
Reno Eldorado Blues Festival
Sat. June 28, 2008 - On Stage:
Rockin' The Blues
The Album Is On Sale at the Shows!
photo by Rick Stark
Every year, we play over 150 shows statewide in California - from
Sacramento to San
Diego - every major city and all the cool small historic towns
in the valleys,
mountains and all along the coast. All four seasons in every kind
The hard driving schedule is paying off both with new fans and
opening the door for the next record. When asked about all the
and playing shows so frequently, Wilson responded "Meeting
people and making new friends is the most rewarding part of my
job." Come see Brad Wilson and his band tear it up on stage
at the upcoming shows.