I absolutely love the blues! I started listening to it at about the same time
as jazz and I love it just the same.
My favourite is the acoustic blues. It’s straight on blues without anything to either enhance it or deprive it of its original sound. I definitely enjoy other types of blues as well, but there’s just something about the rawness of the acoustic blues that draws me to it.
With this post, I feel like expounding on it would be thinking about it too much and feeling it too little. So without further ado, here are a few examples of acoustic blues or in other words, what I think is a glimpse of the artist’s pains, problems and sorrows in the form of a song.
(for these next recordings, try to hear past the bad sound quality)
The amazing Robert Johnson and his Sweet Home Chicago. There’s so much to talk about him, he definitely deserves a post of his own, which I’ll probably write sometime soon.
Blind Willie McTell and Stole Rider Blues. He’s a perfect example of someone I enjoy listening to very much, but can’t explain at all why. It’s somewhat of mystery to me.
And here’s something more modern, with a lot better sound quality - Taj Mahal and Stagger Lee. Taj Mahal is someone who I’ll write about in the future too.
What about you? Do you like the blues and do you enjoy the acoustic blues as much as I do? What are some other songs or styles of blues you enjoy? I would love to hear your opinions.
Next time I’ll do a post on Solomon Burke, so until then, everyone.