Old Fat White Man Plays the Blues

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

Advertisements

7 Comments

Filed under Music

7 responses to “Old Fat White Man Plays the Blues

  1. Wow, thanks for this,especially Leadbelly and John Lee Hooker. You just made my day!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. jbob45

    One of my faves was Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. He dint take nuffin serious, cludin hisself.

    Like

  3. Pistol Pete

    Rush plays this one from Screamin’ Jay
    Love it!
    (can you imagine a black singer dressing like this today?)

    Like

  4. Also respect and love to Robert Johnson, a light snuffed out way too soon.

    Like

  5. Pistol Pete

    It seems the great ones are always destined to a short life.

    Like

  6. Our 15 years in Chicago was the days of our early family creation, so we didn’t get out as much as we thought we would when we first moved there, but we did get to enjoy some of its amenities. Mostly spent time in the Folk-y scene on Lincoln Avenue, where Milady had friends and her brother tended various bars. But…

    Memorably went to Buddy Guy’s club one night to watch David Bromberg (white guy sings the blues) who had, among other backup, a great black church choir. Great show.

    Too bad they serve alcohol at all those places. I bet I could remember it all much better without the booze-dampening.

    Thanks for the posts, Pete.

    Like

  7. Ting

    All just wonderful – I wish I could have heard you sing.

    Like