Happy Birthday Jimi!

It’s hard to believe that Jimi Hendrix would have been 75 today.  I still think of him as a soft spoken 27 year old who influenced the world with his guitar.  Even though he’s just one year younger than my father, in my eyes he’s timeless.

I wish I had gotten to know his music early on in my life, as I did with Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan.  Certainly I knew all of his mainstream hits, Purple Haze, All Along The Watchtower, Hey Joe and of course Voodoo Child (Slight Return).  There are so many of his 46 recordings that I’ve missed over the years.  I heard “Hear My Train a Comin” for the first time last year, sung by Doyle Bramhall II, and I loved it immediately.  It was just this week that I realized it was a Jimi Hendrix song.  Wow, what a terrible feeling to realize I’ve missed out on all of Jimi’s music all of these years.

No time like the present to change that…

Here’s a rare acoustic version of “Hear My Train a Comin” by Jimi…

Here’s the version that I recorded, performed by Doyle Bramhall II…

This is one of my all time favorite Stevie Ray Vaughan clips –

Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

 Happy Birthday Jimi Hendrix!


Matt Becker

Live from Matt’s House

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