I felt partial to a bit of Blues to give me a lift. Jimmy fits the bill. That beat is infectious! I only managed to see him once, in a small club in London. He was slurry but superb!! I wish I could have seen him more!
I just love the Chicago Blues and Chester Burnett AKA Howlin’ Wolf was the king! I think he was amazing!
I’ve always loved the rhythms of the North Country Blues. You can hear it in Howlin’ Wolf. Today I’m playing some R L Burnside. He’s special.
Lightnin’ was the first Blues guy that I got into. When I was fourteen my mate Dick Brunning played him nonstop until I came to like it! I’m glad he did. I’m revisiting it today!!
This guy with the big voice was one of pioneers of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Some classic numbers covered by Elvis and just about everybody else!!
Great stuff. I thought I’d liven myself up with some great rockin’ energy.
I was getting right into the Blues groove so I thought I’d extend it and do another of my old favourites. I remember when I was fifteen I was desperate to impress this girl and borrowed a Sleepy John Estes album off a mate.
She hated it.
You can’t win ’em all!
Back in the sixties the old Blues guys were seen as producing authentic music that was not the sanitised pap being served up in the charts. People like Big Bill were the basis of many a busker’s repertoire and the blues set in motion a whole movement of bands in the UK including The Stones, Kinks, Animals, Pretty Things, Them and the Downliners Sect.
The later Blues boom came out of that.
Willie was the unsung hero of Chess records – not only a brilliant bass player but the man who wrote a huge number of the greatest Blues classics for Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and many others. A giant among men.
Leadbelly, Huddie Ledbetter, was one of the greatest Folk-Blues singers ever. His music was the basis of so much – including Skiffle. Where would we be without him?
The fabled Highway 61. The great Son House. The old venues where the gigs took place, the juke joints.
Some gone, some in disrepair – but the scent of greatness lingers in the air.