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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Really good blues interview and article

The Vue Weekly from Edmonton has a really nice blues article for the upcoming Edmonton Blues Festival. The interview features Watermelon Slim, and Steve Berlin from Los Lobos. It covers, both the myth of Robert Johnson, and how age, and living the blues makes a difference. I like the article because it takles a couple of issues that we have covered here. Perhaps the best qoute from the story come from Watermelon Slim who talks about why Robert Johnson was so good.

‘I’m playing the blues ‘cause I play that I-IV-V progression’—no, no, no, that ain’t working out. There’s a lot more to it than that.”
Slim is getting at the fact that a little music theory and a few stories always came secondary to the actual living that those original bluesmen did. Johnson was as good as he was because he got out and travelled with his guitar, living life and learning songs and licks along the way and grinding it all into
his own style
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