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What is the Blues in its truest form?


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Initial post: 15 May 2013 11:30:01 BDT
Bony Moronie says:
he Blues in its truest form is without doubt the music of John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters.
Does anyone agree or disagree?
Bony Moronie.

Posted on 16 May 2013 21:48:11 BDT
Blues is really a feeling - maybe carried through from ancient days of slavery and oppression, still expressed and given out in the music of those you mention (& so many more besides).

This thread might also induce a search for the "bluesiest" records or songs that folks on here can suggest. Bessie Smith's Downhearted Blues could be a starter...

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2013 22:28:56 BDT
Or in other words, there is more than a few ways to play the blues

Posted on 17 May 2013 12:57:56 BDT
C. S. McLean says:
Anything with a wavelength of 450-495nm.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2013 20:06:18 BDT
M Sims says:
I reckon there's heart-felt tragic bluesy and a raunchy bluesy. An example of the the tragic kind would Son House's Death Letter Blues.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDCNbacVt5w

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2014 07:58:00 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Nov 2014 08:01:00 GMT
Try the real King of the Delta -Charley Patton-who is also my god. An uncopyable blues man and his unearthly "When Your Way Gets Dark" one of top 20 rural/country blues from pre-war era (1890-1943) and Pea Vine Blues, "A Spoonful Blues" (where Howling Wolf got it from)and many more. If you cannot afford the 7-CD set on Revenant label try the London-based JSP Records. All his stuff on 5 CDs for £14.50!!! Plus the awesome Blind Lemon Jefferson who started in 1925-26 and cut the original "Matchbox Blues" (1927) decades prior to Carl Perkins (mid-1950s) and even more decades before the Beatles! And superb women singers like Memphis Minnie, Bessie Tucker, Lucille Bogan, Clara Smith, Ma Rainey ('Mother of the Blues'),and Geeshie Wiley; for starters! I put out a 5-CD set on JSP (same price) some years ago and is still available. Check out my blues brother Alan White's website earlyblues.com where a lot of my writings on all these great blues cats can be found. I also have a book from 2006 "Railroadin' Some"(railroads in the early blues) try Amazon. PLUS!! I run an acoustic blue session at the Robert Gillow pub in Lancaster, UK every Sunday 5.00-8.00. Come along, why doncha??
'Mississippi' Max Haymes (the 5-CD set referred to above features the great Ma Rainey who recorded from 1923-1928)
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