I’ve been enjoying Blues music since I was 15 or 16 years old. It’s been quite a journey, very similar to a journey on Highway 61. I think that’s why I like calling my personal love of music, the Blues Highway. I started with B.B. King, and probably the song I heard was “The Thrill is Gone”. It’s hard to remember, the details. It started me down the road, Highway 61 and the crossroads where highway 49 collided with 61 you find the roots of rock and roll. How it happened for me, I would buy rock albums and then read the liner notes completely. I started seeing names like “Willie Dixon” and “Elmore James” quite a bit, as the writers of the music. In those days research was a little tougher than it is today. You had to go to the local library. Thumb through card catalogues, you had to have a grasp of the Dewey decimal system… it was arduous. But I did it… and I was fascinated by the artists and, especially, the culture of the Blues. In this past year I read “The Chitlin’ Circuit and the Road to Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Preston Lauterbach. I also read Sam Charters book “Country Blues”. Charters book should be required reading for any Blues music enthusiast. It is a book of discovery and will open many doors and answer questions about these artists, that may be on your mind. Understanding the Blues and it’s relationship to all other music genres is critical to separating the “good” artists from those who are little more than a fan crush. The one constant I find in the Blues, is simply that the artists are dedicated to their craft, are very talented and have a deep appreciation for their fans. I know I have an equally deep appreciation for what they do.
- Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons
- Blues as Blues Can Get – Delbert McClinton