Tagged: #OurBluesRoots #2018 #2019
December 29, 2018 at 9:29 am #120144
One thing led to another and I just got my computer at home hooked back up to the internet, but not with enough time to do a Blues Roots. I apologize to anyone who misses it (there are probably a few unheard goodies hiding in an old one). If you’ve seen everything I posted here and want more, please comment or message me and I’ll add some goodies.
Here are a few playlists, and I would encourage anyone interested in the arists to peruse the playlist descriptions (YouTube hasn’t optimized them for mobile, they get truncated, a computer is best). To get to the playlist Description from the first song, click on the playlist title at upper right.
The playlist descriptions include lots of links to articles and websites I’ve found over the years, as well as links to a surprising number of complete albums that record companies have provided to YouTube (see italic footnote for general info about YouTube-generated playlists).*
This Earl Hooker playlist includes a recorded interview by Chris Strachwitz, founder and owner of Arhoolie records and a Big Poobah at the Arhoolie Foundation where this interview and nearly a hundred others can be found. Beautiful stuff if you’re anything like me.
First song is the only live footage of Robert Nighthawk, playing a song by Doc Clayton (original in link).
First song on here is one of the best things on YouTube. I’ve probably said that before—I use “best” interchangeably with “my favorite” here.
Howlin’ Wolf’s original guitarist
Howlin’ Wolf’s longtime guitarist and musical partner
Great interpretation of the Lowell Fulson classic from 1953
I hope everyone’s holidays have been great, here’s hoping for a healthy, fun and productive 2019.
*If you’re interested in an artist, any artist, type their name and the word “topic” in the YouTube search field. Look for the round photos that link to topic pages (there are often multiples with the same name, some will be duds but others are rich with music; look at the Playlists or Albums—you’ll be pleasantly surprised).
December 29, 2018 at 2:19 pm #120168
When I seen the header I was going to reply, “Its ok Don, a month without OBR will give me a chance to catch up”, and then I start reading the thread and you have put up all these great videos for us to watch..solid epic stuff of your usual calibre Don.. I am still playing catch up..hahahaha
December 29, 2018 at 6:46 pm #120185
Thanks for all the work this year Don. Do appreciate it!
December 29, 2018 at 7:21 pm #120188
Thank you, Billy, Ron, I hope the season is treating you right! I’m glad you appreciate my efforts, it’s nice to hear it. If the artists interest you, there’s hours and hours of listening, but it isn’t what I’d consider a Blues Roots.
It just dawned on me that since Brian mentioned Lonnie Johnson in EP289, it might be a good idea to post this playlist. I’m not overly familiar with Lonnie Johnson, except for a couple albums he made with Elmer Snowden and Wendell Marshall in 1960, called Ballads and Blues and more More Ballads and Blues. There’s a link to all of the YouTube albums, including one of those, in the playlist description.
There’s a set I’ve been listening to lately (in addition to a lot of Lowell Fulson) called Down Home Blues Classics Chicago 1946-1954. Great song selection, good sound, informative and well-written notes all recommend it.
Here’s one of the most beautiful and somber songs; it’s among the ones found on the hundred-song set.
December 30, 2018 at 5:34 am #120201
I hope you had a great Christmas and are looking forward to a great and wonderful New Year. The amount of stuff you post is always way beyond my capacity to watch / listen to so missing a few aint no problem ..but what have we here plenty of great listening. Thanks and Keep up the great work with all the best for the New Year
December 31, 2018 at 11:43 pm #120314
Hey John, thank you for your thoughts, the holidays have been good! I hope everyone has a healthy, productive new year!
The reason for the usual excess is that I figure the same things won’t appeal to everyone.
January 1, 2019 at 3:36 am #120317
A big thank you Don for all your great postings throughout 2018. Some of your postings have inspired me to learn the numbers and play them to a level that an ageing white man can achieve.
Best wishes for 2019
January 1, 2019 at 9:13 am #120337
Hi Richard, hello again John, thank you!
Richard wow, that’s about the best I could hope for, many thanks! Inspiration is my highest purpose.
Here is another one of my favorite guitarists, someone I get a lot of inspiration from. His “Deep South Guitar Blues” (which sounds a lot like his “Cockroach Run,” either of them really) contains many attainable riffs. The list is roughly chronological.
Another favorite, Eddie Taylor regularly backed Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker and several others as well as leading his own band. If you want to expand your rhythm vocabulary, particularly in the keys of A and E, or you just want to experience excellence that hints at perfection, listen here. Eddie Taylor’s sons and daughters maintain and expand upon his legacy.
Eddie Taylor is the guitarist on vocalist-harmonicist Easy Baby’s 1977 Sweet Home Chicago Blues. This is a standout track among standouts.
Here’s the whole album. First thing I did when my new roommate paid his first month’s rent was get this. Check out my comment on the video for personnel (I’ll bet that was within a month of hearing it for the first time). If you only listen to one thing…
Here are some songs from disk 1 of Down Home Blues Classics Chicago 1946-1954 (that I mentioned above, with a link), that I’ve already heard this year and really like.
And a few perennial classics to round things out…
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