The album cover of Roosevelt Sykes' 1961 release 'The Honeydripper.'
If you think the Blues world consists of tortured men and women crying their hearts out over lost loves and wasted lives, you need to check out Roosevelt Sykes. He was a cigar chomping, rollicking mountain of good natured, good timing, fun loving entertainment. And he often needed a parental warning.
The whole Blues world owes a lot to Johnny Copeland. We owe him, not only for his great and powerful music, ingenious song writing, or fathering the great Shemekia Copeland, but especially for his influence on the major record labels.