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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by PastorJay, Dec 16, 2019.
Except for maybe post modern blues (whatever that is?)) I think these styles have similar structures, maybe with different instrumental, rhythmic, or vocal variations.
I would of course be willing to sit corrected. I could stand corrected, but if I'm reading your reply I'm probably sitting.
Are you saying that Matt Schofield, Poppa Chubby, Tommy Castro and Tab Benoit are innovative, regardless of what sub-genre we'd put them in?
Have anyone explained what innovative would look like, in the blues? Singing about your new iPhone?
Who else do you think is innovative?
I think I used to pay $3 to see Robert Cray. And he was far from the best band to play in that club.
Bluegrass originally lived in a space that sounded like country, and had evolved from old-timey, but with a blues influence. So what bluegrassy players might qualify as playing blues?
The Del Mccoury Band is about the bluesiest of the bluegrass bands I've seen or heard of. They put a cool bluesy twist on the hyper-traditional Monroe-Flatt-Stanley style without breaking the mold. Hey, if they're good enough for Steve Earle...!
But to be honest I don't keep up with bluegrass, or blues, or rock much at all anymore. If it weren't for Britney & Katy I'd be completely square!
There's a reason why seasick steve sells albums, it's because his new stuff sounds authentic, rough and old. There's a reason why bonamassa doesn't and it's because it sounds borrowed, polished and new.
Apropos of nothing I love traditional Irish music and it suffers the same problems as blues in how to keep it relevant. Check out the scratch. I went to see them at the weekend. Place was stuffed with millenials crowd surfing and moshing. They even brought on a sean-nos dancer dressed as a boxer in crown and cape.
Blues needs the same sort of interpretation and if no-one is doing it then do it yourself cos that's what all the greatest players did.
Ha! That’s Nas’ dad. I love his horn on Life’s a B***h. Really evocative.
Another one for Robben Ford and Matt Schofield.
I love Gov't Mule, Warren Haines and 32-20 blues. I could be wrong, but I think @PastorJay was thinking "innovative" in a more creative perspective.
More like this?
I think the blues did get more innovative when it turned into rock and mixed with jazz fusion etc. Nearly everything I like comes from the blues.
Oh yeah, now I should of thought of this one. Sweet. I play this bassline everytime I grab my bass. That is innovative to me.
I have to re learn it. I got into it years ago and learnt the song but haven't played it in a long time. It's one of my favorite live videos of theirs.
As best I know Robert Cray is alive and kicking in his 60s
I always think of the Rolling Stones as an innovative blues band. Sure they rocked. Most of it was blues-based... At least a lot of the good old stuff. Keith was a blues master. He always left a ton of space. Tasty
Terry Bean is the real deal.
Erin Harpe who grew up right here in Annapolis is a really vibrant Blues performer without any pretension. Her dad is a friend of mine he's an authority on old Stella guitars an nice player also a fantastic painter.