At eleven years old, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz’s life was changed. Find out what made him the way he is…
Ride along with Rev. Billy C. Wirtz as he travels the Internet in search of music that we need to know about. Strap in, because this week he starts out in Cincinnati and ends up on the Moon!
In his pursuit of Wynonie Harris, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz found that prostitution + cheap whiskey + gambling = Rhythm and Blues. Check Rev. Billy’s math in this week’s Slipped Discs column.
Muddy Waters sang, “The blues had a baby and they call it rock ‘n’ roll.” Rev. Billy C. Wirtz looks at the man who might have been the midwife, Wynonie Harris.
While on the trail of Stagger Lee, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz stumbled across the story of a song known as “The Negro National Anthem.” Yes, you want to know more!
Slipped Discs Stagger Lee Part Three By Rev. Billy C. Wirtz VOL 5—NO.213. ST. LOUIS. SATURDAY MORNING. DECEMBER 28,1895—FIVE CENTS William Lyons, 25, a levee hand, was shot in the abdomen yesterday evening at 10 o’clock in the saloon of Bill Curtis, at Eleventh and Morgan Streets, by Lee Sheldon, a carriage driver. Lyons and [...]
This week Rev. Billy C. Wirtz’ column contains some very explicit historical lyrics. For us to censor them would greatly affect the historical perspective and research of the writer, so we have let them stand. Please be warned, if you are easily offended, you might want to skip this one.
How did a bar fight a hundred years ago spark on of the most recorded blues songs in history, as well as a wealth of cultural myth? In this week’s “Slipped Discs” column, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz investigates the truth, the legend, and the song “Stagger Lee.”
In this week’s Slipped Discs, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz shares a dark secret. Actually a couple, And the solutions he found. Read this very personal and enlightening column.
In this week’s Blues Bytes page, Rev. Billy C. Wirtz wanders through the halls of the World Wide Web in search of music. Good and bad!