Radio Made in Michigan
5:36 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Blues guitarist Donald Kinsey on life and the blues

 

Legendary guitarist Donald Kinsey has been steeped in the blues since his birth. His father, Lester ”Big Daddy” Kinsey, brought him up on a solid diet of basement jam sessions and blues shows in clandestine joints in Gary, Ind.

 

Kinsey at the Pocono blues festival.
Credit Anjan Chatterjee via Flicker.

At 17, Donald traveled the world as Albert King's lead guitarist. Later, he was captivated by a new sound, reggae. He played with Peter Tosh and was a member of The Wailers Band. Current State Weekend host Emanuele Berry discusses the past, the blues and the present with Donald Kinsey.

 

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