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Blues...

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Was in the mood for an old favorite:

(Ruthie Foster does it well, too :) )

 

 

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Hi HC,

 

Hubby and I are blues fans! I mainly just listen and don't remember who did what. His memory is better and he collects blues and other CDs.

 

I really liked your post. So, I asked Hubby and he said he hears John Hurt on the Blues channel on Directv.

 

More blues, less boo hoos. That is what this country needs. ;)

 

Regards,

 

Allie

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Used to go to Memphis... a lot... so I am a big Blues Fan. Sat down and drank adult beverages with Morgan Freeman, several others... a time or two.... listenin' to his Blues club players. He always had a buncha folks with him.

 

Just great. I was the only white fella in there... 'course... nobody would want me in there. But... MF... also likes pool players. And he liked the way I played. Beat his champ one time... Fransisco Bustamonte... just a fluke. A pro. But "drinks was on the house" on Freeman...

 

Ya know... MF talks in private... the same American-speech... just he does in movies. It's amazin'... his clarity is unmistakable.

 

He don't drink much, neither... makes me suspicious of him.

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Very cool, TS...! I could be jealous! :)

 

Allie, I love it! ^_^

 

Believe it or not, I was (re)introduced to blues by Sassparilla Kid... he discovered the genre when he was about 12, and took to it hard. He was REALLY upset when BB King came to town and he couldn't see him 'cuz the show was in a local casino. BB came back and performed at another venue when the Kid was 18 ~ I gave him a pair of the best tickets I could get.

 

At about age 14 the Kid had done so much research that he could pretty much identify any piece he heard and tell you the singer/player's history... he was totally immersed. Later branched out into jazz and bluegrass, but blues is still his passion.

 

Here he is back during high school... trying out a $17,000 replica of SRV's "Lenny."

 

And no, I didn't buy it for him. But I did give him another Strat, and he later built one.

 

RyandLenny.jpg

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My band does a LOT of BLUES!! We do some classic rock and some oldies, but we always come back to the blues

 

I'm currently working on "Come And Go Blues" by the Allman Brothers!!

 

Been trying' ta' get ol' Studdly to come hear us play, but it's like two ships passin'............

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Add me to the list of Blues fans. Old Delta Blues, Chicago Blues, Electric Blues, Blues based rock, etc... The biggest reason I couldn't get into the "shredder movement" when rock guitar went that direction, was because of my love of the Blues. I've said many times, if the music doesn't make you feel something, it isn't being done right.

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I'm a big blues fan.

 

There may be a few that recognize the Chester Arthur Burnette quote that's part of my signature.

 

And I'm still mad about how they misrepresented Mr Burnette in Cadillac Records.

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It be the soul of the woyken man, the story ob de tales dey tellz 'bout how pain n joy lift us up and tear us down. Bluez, white boy, it be what de black menz vented, white boys loined and made inta a bidness. No Black manz eber got rich playing blues, white boys did. what matters is what your soul feels after playin de bluez. (told to me in 1970 by Mr. Hopkins at Liberty Hall in Houston)

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A somewhat younger friend interviewed BB back in his college days... he told me that he asked BB if you had to be black to understand and feel blues.

 

BB responded with "No, son... it's what's in your heart no matter who you are."

 

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In spring of 1972, my band (we played a lot of Texas bayou and Mississippi delta blues) was playing in the UT commons beside the UT Student Union and we got done with our regular first set, and this skinny little kid wandered up and asked to sit in and play with us. We okd, he plugged into an amp and his first 6 notes.... I put my guitar down and just watched him play the next half hour. Stevie Ray Vaughn, whom we didnt know, but soon would all know..played like few ever did. Thanks Hardpan for that clip of him.. BB King played the Armadillo many times and while our group never opened for him, we did get to visit with him a lot when he was in town.

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Been a blues fan since my teens and while there are a lot of great blues musicians, John Lee Hooker and Buddy Guy will always be the ones that I enjoy the most. I was fortunate to see JLH play live once and I've seen Buddy Guy live twice now and Buddy Guy is a master at putting on a show and working a crowd. I saw this summer just before his 80th birthday and he still walks through the aisles among the crowd.

 

 

JLH live version of "I'm Bad Like Jesse James"

 

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Blues Chicago = Willie Kent. One of the greats.

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Im surprised no one has mentioned Lightning Hopkins, Sonny Boy Williamson or the legendary Robert Johnson.

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How about "Big Bill Broonzy" ? I met him in Chicago when I was 9 years old and just starting to learn guitar at the "Old Town School of Folk Music".

 

I've been playing Blues Guitar for 60 years. I've been fluenced primarily by Josh White ( with whom i studied ), Broonzy, Lightning Hopkins and Leadbelly.

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As Hardpan shows there are a lot of the old Blues singers on YouTube. Nice to hear the ,music, but also nice to see them perform. I have software that downloads from Youtube and converts the video into an MP4 music file. That way I can create a library of tunes that are not available for purchase.

Ike

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Ike, what might that software be and were can one find it...? :)

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Ike, what might that software be and were can one find it...? :)

 

I'd be interested to know about that also . . . . .

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I just received the sad news that drummer Butch Trucks, original member of the Allman Brothers' Band and uncle to blues guitar prodigy, Derek Trucks has passed.

 

Trucks was one of a pair of drummers chosen by the late Duane Allman to anchor the rhythm section of ABB when he began assembling players nearly fifty years ago. The twin drummer/twin guitar band, anchored in blues and southern rock, was the inspiration for any number of bands over parts of six decades, including Widespread Panic and the Dave Matthews Band.

 

Butch Trucks was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1994. The Allman Brothers Band was prolific and truly innovative in the blues genre and Trucks was there for all of it!!

 

As some of you know, I went to school with and played music with members of various blues and southern rock bands including the late Alan Woody, bassist for ABB and Govt. Mule, and Barry Barnes and Gary Allen, members of the original Charlie Daniels Band. Some of these guys have sat in with my own band and this hits real close to home for me.

Edited by Blackwater 53393

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