|05-13-2010, 11:37 AM||#9 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Where people kill 30 million pigs per year
I am intrigued by what I read about him at Wikipedia: "Muddy headed to England in 1958 and shocked audiences (whose only previous exposure to blues had come via the acoustic folk/blues sounds of acts such as Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and Big Bill Broonzy) with his loud, amplified electric guitar and thunderous beat. "
I like shocking things, so he might be a good place to begin with as an intro to blues, especially since his work was supposed to have influenced so many different genres: rhythm and blues, rock 'n' roll, folk, jazz, and country.
|05-13-2010, 01:29 PM||#10 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2009
Did you feel that?
Muddy Waters is in many ways an ideal artist to start with in exploring blues, because he was the linchpin of the earlier country/Mississippi Delta blues and the electrified Chicago sound he later pioneered. He was also a respected bandleader with many significant blues musicians (Otis Spann, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Willie Dixon, Big Walter Horton, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy) passing through his band. Muddy was a complex, expressive vocalist as well - there is so much "feeling", depth and color in his singing. An area in which I think Muddy was a bit unheralded was as a slide guitarist. His slide playing had that same microtonal phrasing his voice had. He played a vital role in resurrecting the use of (amplified) slide guitar in the '60s.
The two above albums are the first blues records I ever purchased. I still believe they are good guides for anyone embarking on a discovery of blues.
Last edited by ribbons; 05-13-2010 at 02:00 PM.