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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by brogh, Apr 24, 2020.
Robert Cray - Bad Influence
Buddy Guy and Friends Vol. 1 & 2
Nothing with Eric Clapton, Paul Butterfield, John Mayall or Peter Green... that's not the blues... sorry... the blues happened before these guys were born...
Jim O'Neal (white editor of Living Blues Magazine) claimed to me in person (met and talked with him in Clarksdale, Mississippi) that what white people play, even if they call it the blues... is actually country music... haha... and he doesn't allow white folks on the cover of Living Blues magazine...
Covers here (back issues)
IMHO, that's a typical white man's view of the blues... you can learn everything about it in one album... NOT... and you can get the real blues from a washed out second hand white boy interpretation through Clapton/Butterfield/Mayall/Green....
That isn't even blues... as far as what Clapton does these days, I call that "Adult Contemporary Blues Light"... and no single person has ripped off Robert Johnson more than freaking Clapton...
They make these white boys out to be some kind of "blues pioneers" but like BB King said... the blues came from the slave ship's that left West Africa... not from a bunch of "rediscovered" British wanna be's...
I am a Spaniard but I should agree....
It must be like if you want to learn flamenco and listen to a "new white boy players wave" or singer instead the old gypsies who created it
I like some white players nevertheless
I've found youtube vids of B.B. King live in Africa 1974....never found it on a CD or record but I would love to have it...its just as good as live at the regal or cook county jail in my opinion.
I was good friends with Jim and his wife/gitlfriend Patty, hung out alot with them in Clarksdale and when they moved right down the road from Po' Monkeys in Merigold.
Sure, it's modern white-boy blues and all that, but Joe Bonamassa's Blues Deluxe album is an absolute masterclass in blues guitar.
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… also, one should learn every lick on the Electric Ladyland album.
You say there is no known picture of Robert Johnson and also post a picture of him? That's him on the album cover. There are actually 3 known and verified pictures of him. As for his grave site, that's up for debate. I believe there are actually 3 gravesites at 3 different Baptist churches in Mississippi, all claiming to be where he's buried. Most assume one of them is his, but you do have a point on that one.