Three years ago I began a project that I called “The Blues Highway Project”. At first, I wasn’t sure where it was going to end up. I knew two things; A – I loved how I felt when I was listening to Blues, and B – I wanted to be a part of it at some level. There were obstacles. Fore most I have absolutely no musical ability. I think I have a pretty good ear for good music, but understanding how to create it, was a whole other universe. Another avenue would have to be found.
When I was a teenager and started to listen to “Hard Rock”… The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Cream, etc. I thought being a disc jockey would be the coolest profession on the planet. If that wasn’t a route, then learning the music recording business was a possibility. As life often does, I started a family, now making a living to ensure their well being was now my priority. It didn’t prevent me from endulging the music of the day… and my tastes were constantly evolving. Folk music became Hard Rock became Southern Rock became Bluegrass and Country and finally back to the Blues. That evolution was a musical journey to say the least.
Now in my 60’s I am finally pursuing my passion, the Blues. I emersed myself in the history of Blues music and became fascinated with how much the Blues were a reflection of our own history. The history of America. Willie Dixon, probably the single most prolific personality in the Blues genre. Don’t misunderstand me. There were others who were giants of the music, but none left a bigger footprint on popular music as a whole, then Mr. Dixon.
But getting to the point of this post, what started three years ago has resulted in my starting an all blues Dee-Jay service, a Blues Podcast (26 podcasts in the vault), a Blues page on Facebook (The Blues Highway) and now my very own Blues blog. I’m having fun re-discovering all the Blues artists from the past and exploring today’s Blues scene. I am happy to say that there is a vibrant, expanding Blues scene that is world-wide in scope, spreading to all-walks of life.
In my next post I will talk about the legendary Blueshighway; U.S. 61. Maybe, it’s time for Highway 61 revisited!