Are you ready for some Blues?

I’m sitting on my old wood rocking chair, under an aluminum awning, on my back patio. I purchased the rocker years ago, while visiting the Great Smokey Mountains. I’m sipping on Jack Daniel’s and smoking my pipe. A very light spring rain is falling on my tropical garden. I love the look of the plants when they are wet.

The backyard speakers pump out the blues classic Ball and Chain. The song was written and performed by Big Mama Thornton. I have the song on repeat. Big Mama will melt your heart.




To watch the 1970 live performance, Big Mama Thornton with the Buddy Guy’s Blues Band on YouTube click here.


The Complete Vanguard Recordings [3 CD]


Ball and Chain was also performed by Janis Joplin Big Brother and The Holding Company. I believe their  performance of this classic at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival was the best. WOW!!! Turn up the volume  because it does not get much better than this. Janis really nailed this one. In my opinion, this is one of the greatest live performances of all time.  To watch this performance on YouTube click here.


Ball and Chain (Live)