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Best sounding CD of Robert Johnson recordings ?

What's the best sounding CD that contains music by the delta blues singer/guitarist Robert Johnson? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Oct 8, 2009 - 4 answers

What are the canonical "cocksman" blues performances?

What are the canonical "cocksman" blues performances? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Sep 19, 2009 - 16 answers

Help me avoid having the Dallas club experience while I'm in Vancouver

Techno in Vancouver? Is there such a thing? If no techno, how about a really good blues bar? Help me find it before September 6. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Aug 28, 2009 - 8 answers

Help me play with my feet!

I play guitar with my hands and want to play beats with my feet. Can't figure out what kind of (digital) equipment I would need to accomplish this. [more inside]
posted by metajc on Aug 22, 2009 - 8 answers

Baby making music

songfilter: I heard the fragment of a song years ago and it is a long shot. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jul 17, 2009 - 7 answers

What are some books or educational DVD's for learning rock, blues and jazz piano and Hammond B-3 soloing and licks

What are some good books or educational DVD's, besides Jamie Abersol, for learning rock, blues and jazz piano and Hammond B-3 soloing and licks. [more inside]
posted by doppler68 on Jun 19, 2009 - 3 answers

BluesFilter: Help with a blues sub-genre

I had no idea there were so many different sub-genres of "blues" music. After doing a little research, I'm still confused at to what the style of blues I like is actually called. (More inside) [more inside]
posted by Gerard Sorme on Jun 18, 2009 - 16 answers

What songs did Bob Dylan steal from?

What old or traditional songs has Bob Dylan bogarted for his own use? [more inside]
posted by malapropist on May 22, 2009 - 26 answers

Hit me with your best blues artist and album recommendations.

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?
posted by DrDreidel on May 19, 2009 - 33 answers

Song lyrics search--Humdrum Blues, unknown female singer

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.
posted by Slinga on Mar 29, 2009 - 6 answers

I've Got to Hear More of This!

I've just discovered Kutiman on YouTube. Does anyone else come close to his mashup genius? [more inside]
posted by konig on Mar 12, 2009 - 18 answers

Blues harp in modern classical music?

Are there any good examples of contemporary "classical"/art music featuring the diatonic blues harp? [more inside]
posted by No-sword on Feb 20, 2009 - 4 answers

Okay, so "muddy water" may be a stretch.

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]
posted by the luke parker fiasco on Nov 6, 2008 - 24 answers

where to sit in house of blues

Attention Dallasites: venue House of Blues. What is the best seat, and why, box or balcony? [more inside]
posted by busboy789 on Oct 15, 2008 - 1 answer


What are some blues songs with genuinely depressing, ruin your mood lyrics/vocals?
posted by Pants! on Sep 27, 2008 - 25 answers

Not so deluxe. More like deFAIL.

Guitar amp issues, with a long way between me and a tech. Help me know what to say when I call! [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Sep 13, 2008 - 2 answers

Last-minute wedding reception music - HELP!

We're looking for dinner music for our wedding reception in a week! More behind the cut... [more inside]
posted by irishkitten on Aug 16, 2008 - 17 answers

What is this blues song?

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]
posted by thelastpolarbear on Jun 22, 2008 - 7 answers

Headed out on the trail - help equip our sing-a-long arsenal!

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]
posted by jofuu on May 14, 2008 - 17 answers

key for "Born Under a Bad Sign"?

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]
posted by tremolo1970 on May 1, 2008 - 7 answers

Please help me find a charity I heard about a few years ago.

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...
posted by rollbiz on Apr 27, 2008 - 16 answers

I Want the Blues

Help me discover more of the blues music I love. [more inside]
posted by keith0718 on Mar 28, 2008 - 10 answers

Blooz I can Yooz.

I'm a good guitar player, but I can't play the blues. I mean, the real blues. Help me learn. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Mar 1, 2008 - 18 answers

delta machine music

Is there such a thing as industrial-blues? [more inside]
posted by signal on Jan 14, 2008 - 16 answers

What great harmonica songs are in C or G?

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]
posted by bingoes on Dec 17, 2007 - 4 answers

Help me find some good blues-rock songs

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"?
posted by BradNelson on Dec 10, 2007 - 11 answers

Music to

What other artists do a good job picking up the Steely Dan style? [more inside]
posted by hodyoaten on Sep 14, 2007 - 14 answers

Oh sing me a song 'bout a Dobro

Should I dump my dreadnought for a resonator guitar? [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Aug 21, 2007 - 4 answers

Best harmonica songs ever written?

What are the best harmonica songs ever written/performed and where can I find them? [more inside]
posted by Tommy Gnosis on Jul 21, 2007 - 20 answers

How Long, How Long Blues.

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]
posted by sfenders on May 31, 2007 - 5 answers

How to beat post-project blues?

What do you do to shake the "Post Project" blues? [more inside]
posted by BeerGrin on May 9, 2007 - 6 answers

coitus interruptus blues?

Okay, we've established that there's postsex blues...what about interrupted-sex blues? [more inside]
posted by fizzyliftingdrink on Mar 30, 2007 - 14 answers

What's the motherfucking source of these motherfucking lyrics?

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]
posted by nebulawindphone on Mar 18, 2007 - 16 answers

Hoot Your Belly and Give Your Backbone Ease

What does "hoot your belly" mean? [more inside]
posted by breezeway on Mar 18, 2007 - 4 answers

Gimme The Blues!

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]
posted by smorange on Mar 15, 2007 - 7 answers

I would go down to the crossroads, but I can't even find them.

How can I become a better guitar player? [more inside]
posted by Flem Snopes on Feb 5, 2007 - 18 answers

What blues/jazz songs to teach my EFL class?

[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]
posted by alidarbac on Feb 4, 2007 - 10 answers

A hole in his love bucket?

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]
posted by somanyamys on Nov 6, 2006 - 7 answers

Live Music in Chicago

Where can I hear some decent live jazz/blues in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by wintermute2_0 on Nov 4, 2006 - 10 answers

Help me learn to play the blues...

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]
posted by stenseng on Aug 26, 2006 - 16 answers

Cheap blues harmonica lessons in chicago

Blues Harmonica lessons in Chicago? I live in Old Irving Park. School teacher salary. [more inside]
posted by allthewhile on Aug 6, 2006 - 3 answers

How to Play da Blues Piano?!

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?
posted by storybored on Jul 7, 2006 - 5 answers

Even the plants get it.

I would like to find some more Blues songs that I would like. [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten on Jun 5, 2006 - 29 answers

Lord Im blue! Gotta find the answer.

Mississippi John Hurt Filter: Need to find the track listing to "King of Blues Vol 4" [more inside]
posted by gergtreble on Jun 1, 2006 - 2 answers


BluesFilter: What are the best blues songs of all time? [more inside]
posted by sciurus on Feb 27, 2006 - 39 answers

Name That Tune :: PBS ThirteenHD Promo

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]
posted by Jhaus on Jan 31, 2006 - 2 answers

Should I give up relationships

Should I give up? [more inside]
posted by A189Nut on Jan 22, 2006 - 39 answers

Looking for blues song about a chair.

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]
posted by KirkJobSluder on Jan 10, 2006 - 2 answers

Ventilator blues

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?
posted by punkfloyd on Jan 6, 2006 - 21 answers

Mysterious Bob Dylan musical theory

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]
posted by johngoren on Dec 29, 2005 - 23 answers

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