The blues came out of the South at a time when there was real racism. Segregation, discrimination perpetrated by democrats who inflicted misery on poor blacks. The children of slaves and sharecroppers let their feelings out through their music. It was the root of what was to become rock-a-billy and, later, rock and roll. The artists of the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s were heavily influenced by this uniquely American sound. They didn’t make the millions musicians that make it to the top do now. They just did it because it was all they had. Beats the hell out of the garbage they call “rap music” today. Blecchhh. These are some of my favorite blues songs. Some are original, some are covers by later artists. In full disclosure, I sang a couple of these. Ego is not necessarily a bad thing.
JOHN LEE HOOKER – BAD LIKE JESSE JAMES
Howlin’ Wolf – Back Door Man
Big Mama Thornton – Everything Gonna Be Alright
I DID THIS ONE WITH AN 8 PIECE BAND.
THIS ONE TOO
LeadBelly – Midnight Special
Robert Johnson – Kind Hearted Woman Blues (1936)
NOW,THIS WAS THE BLUES
NOT ACTUALLY THE BLUES, BUT I LIKE IT
Muddy Waters – Got My Mojo Workin’
AN ICON OF BLUES MUSIC…YOU MAY EVEN HAVE HEARD OF HIM
AUGUST 27, 1990: STEVIE RAY WAS TOURING WITH TWO OTHER GUITAR GODS, ERIC CLAPTON AND ROBERT CRAY.
HE LEFT THE ROSEMONT HORIZON, A VENUE IN THE CHICAGO SUBURBS, IN A HELICOPTER TO FLY TO THEIR NEXT GIG IN EAST TROY, WISCONSIN, JUST WEST OF MILWAUKEE. HE NEVER MADE IT. WE LOST A TRUE MASTER THAT NIGHT.
Stevie Ray Vaughan – Look at Little Sister