The Kronos Quartet Performing the Jimi Hendrix Tune Foxy Lady

This video features the Kronos Quartet performing a classic Jimi Hendrix song called Foxy Lady. The Kronos Quartet is a musical ensemble of four young musicians who play string instruments. They all have studied a classical concert music instrumentalist career but have joined in this quartet with the goal to perform not only the repertoir of typical concert music string quartets. Instead, they are also performing compositions and arrangements from other musical environments besides the mandatory classical set of compositions.
In this little clip they have chosen a piece by rock star and electric guitar playing pioneer Jimi Hendrix called Foxy Lady. This is not the only piece of Jimi Hendrix interpreted by the Kronos Quartet, they also perform his tune Purple Haze (and maybe some more, so far I’ve found the two mentioned ones on youtube).
Jimi Hendrix was the most important rock guitar player of his time and has contributed strongly to the evolution of the possibilities of the electric guitar sound. He is well known for his appearance on the Woodstock festival where he performed the Star Spangled Banner, the north american national anthem, in his very own style, being a part of the love and peace movement and producing sounds with his guitar that imitated the falling american bombs over Vietnam.

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Muddy Waters Performing the Blues

This video features Muddy Waters performing a blues. The video itself has no moving pictures, just one fixed photo of Muddy Waters performing. However, the music is still sounding and you can listen to Muddy Waters singing as well as playing the guitar and blues harp.
The legendary guitar hero Jimi Hendrix said once that he decided to learn to play the guitar after he had listened to Muddy Waters performing some blues. Jimi admired Muddy, and vice versa.
Here are the lyrics of this tune which might be a problem for some overcontrolling minds, since Muddy Waters defends not only the use of alcohol but also the use marihuana for personal relaxation. Maybe that isn’t so shocking anymore when you consider that on February 6, 2009, the White House declared: “DEA Raids in Medical Marijuana States Will Stop“. Of course, there is a long way between issuing an order (as Obama did) and the practice.

Yeah bring me champagne when I’m thirsty.
Bring me reefer when I want to get high.
Yeah bring me champagne when I’m thirsty.
Bring me reefer when I want to get high.
Well you know when I’m lonely
Bring my woman set her right down here by my side.
Well you know there should be no law
on people that want to smoke a little dope.
Well you know there should be no law
on people that want to smoke a little dope.
Well you know it’s good for your head
And it relax your body don’t you know.

Everytime I get high
I lay my head down on my baby’s breast.
Well you know I lay down be quiet
Tryin’ to take my rest.
Well you know she done hug and kiss me
Says Muddy your one man that I love the best.

I’m gonna get high
Gonna get high just as sure as you know my name.
Y’know I’m gonna get so high this morning
It’s going to be a cryin’ shame.
Well you know I’m gonna stick with my reefer
Ain’t gonna be messin’ round with no cocaine.

Jimi Hendrix – ‘Hear My Train A Comin”

Watch this video of Jimi Hendrix playing the song ‘Hear My Train A Comin” on an acoustic 12-string guitar. Hear Jimi Hendrix gowing back to the roots playing this amazing blues which already contains the seeds for the later ‘Voodoo Child’ Jimi Hendrix Guitar Classic.
Jimi Hendrix is mostly known as a legend of the electric guitar, but watch this video clip of some accoustic guitar music Hendrix made up during a photo session. As an electric guitar player Jimi Hendrix has been a source of inspiration for generations of guitar players, conting between them such rock music giants as Frank Zappa, Steve Ray Vaughan and many other famous rock music guitar players.