Watch the Straight On: Solo online guitar lesson by Joe Deloro from Blues Rock Road Trip
In August of 1968 Jimi Hendrix was completing his third Experience album, Electric Ladyland at the Record Plant in New York. He needed one more song in a hurry to round out the album and decided to record an up-tempo cover of Earl King's, "Come On". Years later the same arrangement would be featured in Stevie Ray Vaughan's set's without much change. Interesting to note that while Stevie's Texas Blues style took a no-holds-barred approach, the songs he covered from Jimi's repertoire, were already there. What about the song's composer, Earl King? Let's head south on the Blues Highway to make the connection.
Besides being the home of Dixieland Jazz, New Orleans also offers laid-back R&B as one of its many specialties. In the mid-60's, that meant songs like "Working In A Coal Mine" by Lee Dorsey, and before that, "Trick Bag" and, "Come On (Let The Good Times Roll)" by Earl King. These days, besides Mardi Gras, "The Big Easy" hosts the annual massive multi-day New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Featuring Blues of course, and many other styles, as well as Jazz, the NOJF is one of the best attended music festivals in the country.