Almost every type of music I love is inspired by blues. What are the quintessential blues artists and albums I should explore to really get a basic understanding of the genre?
Heard a song at work on the Muzak, googled it, couldn't find it. It was a female singer, jazzy-sounding. I recall her mentioning the "humdrum blues." The lyric I wrote down was "work like a dog but I'm mighty poor." I googled "humdrum blues," but what I found was a different song, and googling the lyrics got me nothing.
I've just discovered Kutiman on YouTube. Does anyone else come close to his mashup genius? [more inside]
Are there any good examples of contemporary "classical"/art music featuring the diatonic blues harp? [more inside]
Ultimate Thanksgiving music set: Help me find as many food-referential jazz, blues, jump-blues, swing, and generally dance-y songs as possible. [more inside]
Attention Dallasites: venue House of Blues. What is the best seat, and why, box or balcony? [more inside]
What are some blues songs with genuinely depressing, ruin your mood lyrics/vocals?
Guitar amp issues, with a long way between me and a tech. Help me know what to say when I call! [more inside]
We're looking for dinner music for our wedding reception in a week! More behind the cut... [more inside]
Long shot - I'm looking for the title/artist/any information for a blues song that I had on a mix cd once. The song may have had "yodel" in the title, but there was no legitimate yodeling in the song. Aw shucks! [more inside]
My girlfriend and I are hiking the Appalachian trail for two weeks at the end of the month. We're taking along a Martin Backpacker (guitar) and a small set of bongos. What are some very excellent blues/folk/bluegrass/mountain songs that we should learn before we go? [more inside]
Beginning guitarist here. Can someone tell me what key Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign" is in? The album version, please. [more inside]
I've decided to give away my economic stimulus check to a variety of charities and foundations. I'm trying to locate a particular charity which provided financial support to blues musicians in need of assistance with food, medical bills, home repairs, burial expenses, etc. I've located the Rhythm and Blues Foundation and it seems wonderful, but I do not think this is the organization I am looking for. I don't know much more except that I believe the org I am looking for was founded by one person and more recently than the R&B Foundation. I have lots of ideas for general donations but I'm looking to do something in this niche, so suggestions of any groups providing assistance to out of luck musicians would be great as well...
Help me discover more of the blues music I love. [more inside]
I'm a good guitar player, but I can't play the blues. I mean, the real blues. Help me learn. [more inside]
Is there such a thing as industrial-blues? [more inside]
I'm trying to make a blues harp "inspiration" mix-tape as a gift for some new players. They only have a C harp, so I'm trying to find songs in either G or C for them to play along with. [more inside]
Can you think of any other blues-rock songs with the same rhythmic pattern as Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky" and ZZ Top's "La Grange"?
What other artists do a good job picking up the Steely Dan style? [more inside]
Should I dump my dreadnought for a resonator guitar? [more inside]
What are the best harmonica songs ever written/performed and where can I find them? [more inside]
What's the relationship between this recording of Leroy Carr I'm listening too, and the solo piano arrangement of "How Long, How Long Blues" that I'm looking at? [more inside]
What do you do to shake the "Post Project" blues? [more inside]
Okay, we've established that there's postsex blues...what about interrupted-sex blues? [more inside]
In Black Snake Moan, Samuel L Jackson sings an unusual version of Stackerlee. Were those particular lyrics written for the movie, were they cobbled together out of other versions, or was he copying an earlier performance outright? [more inside]
What does "hoot your belly" mean? [more inside]
Where's a good place to go, preferably online, for pointers and/or reviews of good contemporary blues albums? Or, failing that, what are the best blues albums from the last 10 years or so? [more inside]
How can I become a better guitar player? [more inside]
[SchoolOfRockFilter] I'm teaching an EFL class of four high school students in rural Taiwan. There's a reading on music history about early African-American musical idioms (blues, gospel, ragtime, early jazz). It's TERRIBLY dull reading, especially considering names like Duke Ellington and Ma Rainey mean absolutely nothing to them. To liven it up a bit, I'd like to make a mix CD with 5-6 songs, print up the lyrics, and teach them that. What songs would you suggest? [more inside]
BluesFilter: A couple of years ago, a friend and I were flipping past the blues channel on XM radio, and stumbled across the one of the funniest songs I've ever heard. I want to find a copy for my friend for a Christmas gift. Of course, I have no idea what the song actually is. Help me, O HiveMind! [more inside]
Where can I hear some decent live jazz/blues in Chicago? [more inside]
Help me learn to play the blues... Basically, I'm looking for info - scales, riff cheat sheets, etc. that will allow me to build a basic repertoire of blues chops like this man plays: [more inside]
Blues Harmonica lessons in Chicago? I live in Old Irving Park. School teacher salary. [more inside]
So i'm an adult intermediate piano player, i've been playing classical for some years but would like to hammer out some blues for fun. What are some good books that you would recommend (ones with CDs especially)? Any good web resources too?
I would like to find some more Blues songs that I would like. [more inside]
Mississippi John Hurt Filter: Need to find the track listing to "King of Blues Vol 4" [more inside]
BluesFilter: What are the best blues songs of all time? [more inside]
Name that tune please :: PBS is great, and the songs in their promos are actually just as good. Currently running is a promo that ends with the words; "Be More ~ ThirteenHD" (this is PBS Thirteen's High-Def channel which they broadcast in NYC & possibly elsewhere?). The music which accompanies it is a piece that I'd classify as sort of a Blues/Rock/Jazz instrumental. My Question: Name that tune!?! [more inside]
Should I give up? [more inside]
About 10 years ago, I heard a classic blues song by a female vocalist that pops back into my head. The song lyrics are a double entendre with the vocalist talking about a chair, with verses for the legs, seat and back, possibly more. Does it spark anybody's memory? [more inside]
In traditional blues songs you sometime hear the term "ventilator". I know it's a piece of modern medical equipment, but what the heck was Robert Johnson talking about in the 1930s?
In Bob Dylan's book Chronicles, Vol. 1 he describes an esoteric numerological scheme for playing guitar, saying most melodies are based on the number 2, but that he's taken it to the next level by choosing what to play based on the number 3. Can anyone explain what he is talking about? [more inside]
Looking for a live Howlin Wolf cover of "I'm A Man," by Bo Diddley. [more inside]
Help me find new music? [more inside]
I don't know anything about the blues but really like the sort of pounding ferocity of Muddy Waters' Mannish Boy. What else should I check out?
Do you know the name and artist for the song that begins playing 5 minutes and 20 seconds into this This American Life episode (realmedia)? It was also used repeatedly in the Barbet Schroeder movie about Charles Bukowski, Barfly.
I'll be in Memphis for the first time April 8 - 10. Any recommendations for off the beaten path places to hear some good blues? Bonus points for acoustic sets.
Wondering if there's a name for a little guitar trick I've noticed in old blues records. [more inside]
BluesFilter: Looking for some instrumental, ideally guitar only, delta blues. slide/electric/both/neither recommendations ok.
I'm looking for information regarding a blues song quoted in the Terry Southern short story "Razor Fight". (more ->) [more inside]
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