Independent Historian

Based in Austin, Texas, Steve Power is a professional singer-songwriter and musician. Power has been entertaining since his childhood in California where he sang duets with his mother for tips in San Diego restaurants. Since then he has:  crisscrossed the United States, hitching from coast to coast and border to border; played harmonica with John Lee Hooker; sung with Joe Cocker; stood as onstage bodyguard to Little Richard; shared the stage with Jesse “Guitar” Taylor, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Bobby Mack, and Pinetop Perkins; was named U.R.D.A. Musician of the Year; released three albums and two EPs of critically acclaimed original material; received written praise from Elwood Blues; performed from brothels to stadiums on two continents; wrote interviews for David Crosby, Bill Wyman and Tom Jones; survived attempted shootings, car wrecks and various governments; and has told more stories than Schehherazade, never once letting the truth get in the way.

John Adam “Sleepy” Estes (1904-1977)

John Adam “Sleepy” Estes, born into a sharecropping family just outside of Ripley, Tennessee but raised in Brownsville, was a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and generally recognized as one of the most important artists in blues history. He got the nickname “Sleepy” from his frequent naps. … Read MoreJohn Adam “Sleepy” Estes (1904-1977)

Joseph William “Pinetop” Perkins (1913–2011)

Image Courtesy of Carl Lender (CC BY-SA 2.0) Delta blues and boogie-woogie piano master Willie “Pinetop” Perkins was born on the Honey Island plantation near Belzoni, Mississippi on July 7, 1913.  During his career, Perkins played with some of the best known blues and rock … Read MoreJoseph William “Pinetop” Perkins (1913–2011)