Monday, May 31, 2010

5.31.2010, ftw

been listening to blues -- specifically muddy waters and related musics (sonny boy williamson, otis spann) -- for days now. it's instructive to remember how different my musical world is from the other cats in the li'l stoogeband, most of whose interest in music started with hardcore. (actually that's not completely true; hembree had lefty folkie parents and hurley's awareness of '60s and '70s rock styles is unusually deep for someone in his 30s.) still. for me, it was brit invasion to blues to detroit to zappa/beefheart to free jazz/classical to punk to funk. and while i haven't seen that many shows for someone who's been into music as long as i have, two of the most impactful ones were muddy waters (three times, actually) and john lee hooker, both in the late '70s. while i don't really participate in the subculture anymore, there are times when that music is all i wanna hear.


Blogger Hank said...

There are lots of times when that music is all I wanna hear. Don't forget Howlin' Wolf and Elmore James. You are very lucky to have seen those two guys.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous katboy said...

Saw John Lee Hooker at J&J's Blues Bar back in the mid-80s. From 10' away. And as tiny as that room was, it was barely half full. Thought to myself "What the hell is WRONG with this place????"

1:00 PM  
Blogger The Stash Dauber said...

Kat says she was at that show.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Breaking Light said...

The Blues is primal, universal music. It's revealing to me when someone says they don't like it because it all sounds the same.

I was in the presence of Lightnin' Hopkins once, before I knew who he really was. Have since become obsessed with his music.

3:33 AM  
Blogger The Stash Dauber said...

Hank: Listening to Wolf's Memphis sides now. An awesome sound.

4:39 AM  
Blogger Hank said...

Yeah, definitely one of the more distinctive voice and guitr sounds I know, and that stand up bass always makes it bounce.

9:10 AM  

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