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January 28, 2008

Mississippi Blues, Courtesy of YouTube

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

I just realized that you can create yourself a decent intro to the Mississippi Delta Blues by typing the right names into the YouTube Search box. Here are a few clips to get you started.

R.L. Burnside

T-Model Ford

Cedell Davis

Junior Kimbrough

And here's Pinetop Perkins at 94:

Big personalities, raw sounds, mind-and-ear-bending music ...

Semi-related: I blogged about Mandy Stein's good Mississippi blues documentary "You Hear Me Laughin'" here. I wrote about taking the Wife to the King Biscuit Blues Festival here and here. Explore the website of the great Fat Possum Records. I'm especially fond of this one-of-a-kind Asie Payton disc.



posted by Michael at January 28, 2008


I threw back a shot of whiskey with Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield and Pinetop Perkins in the kitchen between sets at a club date... I believe it was Rosa's Cantina on the north side of Chicago... must have been about 1968.

I've been playing with a pure Chicago blues band in Paterson, NJ, for the past few months. They love to hear these stories. Seems glamorous to them. I remember when it seemed glamorous to me. Sometimes, I wish that it still did.

Back in those days, I figured if I could just play like Mississippi John Hurt, I would have life licked.

One of the things I really like about the Paterson band is that we throw back a couple of shots of Johnny Walker Red before we play. We get pretty fired up. I'm more of a tequila drinker. Tomorrow night, when we rehearse, I'm bringing along a flask of Patron. I brought back a couple of bottles of Aha Toro from Cancun, and it was dynamite... but it's all gone.

My favorite Muddy Waters' line, from "I'm Ready":

I'm drinkin' TNT, I'm smokin' dynamite
I hope some screwball start a fight

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on January 28, 2008 7:36 AM

You would definitely appreciate the event we've started, the Deep Blues Festival. This year we will have the 2nd annual festival just outside St Paul MN on July 18-20.

Posted by: Chris Johnson on January 28, 2008 8:26 AM

i take it you've seen the GREAT documentary "you see me laughin'" which features all the guys you listed above? if you haven't you haven't you really should. i think it's the best music doc i've ever seen.

Posted by: t. j. on January 28, 2008 10:12 AM

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