Austin Barney is an independent historian and musician. His Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology is from Columbia University, and he has been a musician for over 26 years. His interest in the roots of modern popular music has evolved into a blog dedicated to Blues, Folk, Gospel, Ragtime and other defining American genres from the pre-Civil War period through World War II. In addition, Austin writes, performs and records acoustic blues, rock, and electronic music. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Willie Dixon was a pioneering Chicago blues musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, producer, and philanthropist. He was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1915 to Anderson Bell and Daisy Dixon, was married to Marie Booker, and had 12 children (five with wife Marie, and seven with Eleanora … Read MoreWilliam James [“Willie”] Dixon (1915-1992)