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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Anothony Gomes Goes Country


An interesting article from Vindy.com states that blues guitar player extordinarie Anothony Gomes is going country. Of course, that's not really what it says, or what he is really doing but a few blues purists are bent out of shape that Gomes is bringing the good news of the blues to the country and western set, by twanging his sound.

What makes the Blues Historian laugh is that contemporary country music has it root very deeply stuck in the blues. Jimmie Rogers the father of country music was singing blues songs, and then adding yodels to them.

What is great is the reaction of the folks who listen to country music. THEY LOVE IT! In the article they compare Gomes to Stevie Ray Vaungh and Lynyrd Skynyrd! You know that the country music fan (especially those up here in God's country) may not know much about the blues, but they know what they like, and they like Gomes. So what, if he is twanging things a bit to make it more acceptable to their ears. Bottom line is that if they love Gomes, they will check out more blues, and that is a good thing!

Read the Vindy.com article about Gomes HERE.

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