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DELTA BLUES: The Beginning of it All.
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Delta blues is one of the earliest styles of blues music, thus one of the earliest styles of modern music.The importance of the genre is beyond perception as it heavily influenced blues, jazz, rock n’ roll, and it determined music as we know it today. The mix features music by all the great Delta blues musicians including Robert Johnson, Son House, and Big Bill Broonzy.
This my friends, is the beginning of it all.

i. Crossroad Blues - Robert Johnson || ii. Preachin’ Blues - Son House || iii. I Be’s Troubled - Muddy Waters || iv. Milk Cow Blues - Sleepy John Estes || v. Baby, Please Don’t Go - Big Joe Williams || vi. Where Did you Sleep Last Night? - Leadbelly || vii. Down the Dirt Road Blues - Charley Patton || viii. Fixin’ to Die Blues - Bukka White || ix. Big Bill Blues - Big Bill Broonzy || x. Future Blues - Willie Brown || xi. Southern Can is Mine - Blind Willie McTell || xii. Dark was the Night, Cold was the Ground - Blind Willie Johnson || xiii. Falling Down Blues - Furry Lewis || xiv. Cool Drink of Water Blues - Tommy Johnson || xv. Matchbox Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson

8tracks playlist by Alvy Singer
image: photo of Mississippi John Hurt (c. 1950s-1960s)

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Maya Angelou Sings The Blues of Big Bill Broonzy & Arthur Big Boy Crudup (1968)

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother Of Rock & Roll

She could outplay Chuck. She could outsing Aretha. And she influenced everyone from Elvis Presley to Rod Stewart.

Richard Williams revisits the songs and sufferings of the guitar-toting gospel singer for what would have been her 100th birthday [Read More]

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CultureSOUL: *Blues & Jazz men* - The Great Migration era (1930s-1940s)

  1. Willie Smith and Fats Waller, 1937. Photo by Charles Peterson
  2. Little Bill Gaither, Big Bill Broonzy and Memphis Slim, Chicago, 1940. 
  3. Thelonious Monk, Howard McGhee, Roy Eldridge, and Teddy Hill in front of Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem, N.Y, 1947.
He never pushed me, just left me to learn [the guitar] or not. The main thing was he was always around the house, playing his ukulele and smiling. I’d come home from school and he’d be standing in the doorway playing his uke.
We’d play together all the time. And listen to records. Hoagy Carmichael, Cab Calloway, Nina Simone, Big Bill Broonzy. Bix and Bing. Stuff you wouldn’t ordinarily play to kids. I loved it. He wasn’t a big fan of contemporary music - Massive Attack or Tricky, who I like a lot - but we could listen to Beck together. My friends got into all that music too because … my dad was very cool with them.
—  Dhani Harrison on his late father, George, Los Angeles Times, 18 November 2002
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For the Fourth of July we are replaying our interview with Dave and Phil Alvin, two brothers whose new new album, Common Ground, is a tribute to one of their early influences, bluesman Big Bill Broonzy

Phil Alvin: When I first discovered Big Bill Broozy, his voice and his songwriting, his humor, his guitar playing, his persona was so big to me. I became a Little Bill Broonzy guy; started singing the songs that I heard on the first album that I got almost immediately, and I’ve always had him in the back of my mind whenever I would sing and play.

Brothers Dave and Phil Alvin joined us to play the music of Blues legend Big Bill Broonzy: 

Phil Alvin: When I first discovered Big Bill Broozy, his voice and his songwriting, his humor, his guitar playing, his persona was so big to me. I became a Little Bill Broonzy guy; started singing the songs that I heard on the first album that I got almost immediately, and I’ve always had him in the back of my mind whenever I would sing and play.

The Alvin brothers played for us in the studio. You can hear the interview and the music here

 

Big Bill Broonzy, U Chicago Press

RIP John Renbourn

Huge sadness to find out that the great guitarist John Renbourn passed away yesterday. 

Whether duetting with Bert Jansch, creating a masterful folk-jazz hybrid with Pentangle, or playing all on his own, Renbourn was the epitome of taste, style and subtlety. 

Like his brother-in-arms Jansch, he’ll be memorialized as a “folk” player, but the dude knew no borders – Big Bill Broonzy. Ancient English trad tunesCharles MingusJohann Sebastian Bach. His own beautiful compositions. Whatever. He could do it all and do it better than 99% of the guitarists out there. 

John will also be memorialized as an incredible acoustic guitarist –which he obviously was – but for awhile there he played some killer electric stuff as well. Dig his fiery, extended solo on Pentangle’s “Jack Orion.” So good. 

There are still Renbourn albums I’ve yet to hear … but I haven’t come across a bad one yet. Thanks for the music, John. 

Songs of Supernatural Challenge - Season 2

The Season 1 song challenge was pretty successful, so I’m posting signups for Season 2. Songs are below the cut!

Rules:

1. Sign ups start immediately from now until 11:59pm eastern time September 1st. To sign up send me a character and the number of the song you’re choosing, along with a backup number(s) just in case. Send them to me in an ASK ONLY. Reblogs, messages, or replies will not be accepted.  

2. Fics will be “due” 9/30 but if you need an extension, just ask me. I’m not gonna say no.

3. Can be any character OR actor from Supernatural. 

4. READER INSERT ONLY. NO SHIPS. Don’t want the drama they will surely bring.

5. No minimum word count. Max word count 5000. 

6. Can be smut, fluff, angst, flangst, smangst, smuff, whatever. I’m down for anything.

7. AU’s are welcome!

8. Can be a drabble, one shot, the start of a new series, or part of an existing series. Does not matter.

9. You can do anything you want with the song whether it’s playing in the background, you use the lyrics, or just use it as inspiration.

10. Must tag ME in your fic when you post it and also use the hashtag #Songs of Season 2 Challenge (sorry it’s long I know) in the first 5 tags. Please put the Song Title and Artist somewhere in the header of your post. 

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