Sittting here writing on a beautiful day, listening to Muddy Waters: The Definitive Collective. Be still my heart. God, I love this guy. Some songs I love, not all of them: Rollin’ & Tumblin’, Rollin’ Stone, Turn Your Lamp Down Low, Hoochie Coochie Man, I Just Want to Make Love to You, Mannish Boy, You Shook Me.

Oh, I could go on.

Do you like the blues?

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  1. J Canseco

    Muddy is tops. I spent a summer with one of his records and a guitar, just playing along and trying to copy his licks. Fantastic.

    March 19th, 2014 1:24 pm

  2. Mike Hatz

    I personally love the blues. I cut my blues teeth on Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Later on, I turned my attention to the more electric blues sounds of Albert King, Albert Collins, and BB King.

    All of that later helped me to discover roadhouse blues artists like Jonny Lang (Lie to Me and Wander this World were great albums), Kenny Wayne Shepherd (Ledbetter Heights and Trouble Is…), and Stevie Ray Vaughn (Pretty much everything but Soul to Soul were mind blowing the first time I heard them). As it sits right now, I have probably 50 discs of old blues albums sitting in a CD case, all of which have been ripped into my MP3 player, and 25-30 discs of the newer stuff.

    March 19th, 2014 1:48 pm

  3. Gopal

    Abner Jay

    March 19th, 2014 1:53 pm

  4. Pete G

    I am listening to Little Milton. Sounds like BB.

    March 19th, 2014 2:06 pm

  5. Razoreater

    I love the blues, just like them on steroids. That’s why I’m enjoying some Iron Maiden right now…..

    March 19th, 2014 2:55 pm

  6. Steve the cat rescuer

    Growing up in Chicago, I couldn’t help developing a taste for the blues. We had a saying, “You ain’t had the blues until you’ve had the blues in Chicago, baby.” I spent many a night at Buddy Guy’s Checkerboard Lounge. Some of my faves: Paul Butterfield, Muddy Waters, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, Tommy Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, Rev. Gary Davis; more modern and still living include Rory Block, John Hammond Jr., Bonnie Raitt, and the Duke Robillard Band.

    March 19th, 2014 3:14 pm

  7. Tommy CostaRica

    Love the blues, play the blues & live the blues! Muddy is one of the greatest of all time!

    March 19th, 2014 5:00 pm

  8. CohnZohn

    Tommy CostaRica, What do you think of Jimmy Reed?

    March 19th, 2014 6:14 pm

  9. chris

    the Blues is the chore of all popular music….without the blues there’s be no Stones or the Beatles…….Jimi Hendrix Red House is a classic. Hendrix idolized Buddy Guy and Albert King.

    March 19th, 2014 7:04 pm

  10. Dr. Feelgood

    You Can’t Lose What You Never Had.

    March 19th, 2014 11:27 pm

  11. Streetglide

    There was a time when I played bass with a band at Ester’s Orbit Lounge and Ruthie’s over on your side of the Bay. This was in 1968. I was the only white guy in the club. They treated me great.

    And yes, I love the Blues, have since I was a kid. I like R&B as much and if you want a treat, find anything by Howard Tate. He was a cult hero to us pickers back around 1969.

    Another one you never heard of is Dan Penn. As unique as they come, a white chicken rancher from near Muscle Shoals Alabama who wrote some major R&B hits and sang them so well folks like Aretha Franklin covered songs such as “Do Right Woman” note-for-note. He also wrote “Dark End of the Street” among others.

    March 20th, 2014 6:40 am

  12. Streetglide

    Oh yeah, Jimmy Reed. He taught the Blues to a whole generation of white kids in the late ’50s. Played a Kay Thin Twin. He wrote the book for all of us kids learning to play R&R way back then. Bo Diddley wrote some great stuff, Howlin’ Wolf had a scary good guitar player in Hubert Sumlin. His lead playing was a bit iffy, but his rhythm and his fills are the gold standard of hip Blues.

    Booker T and the MGs were the greatest studio band of all time. Booker wrote and recorded “Green Onions” when he was 19 and going to Indiana University as a music major — his choice of instrument was the trombone. He married Rita Coolidge’s sister Priscilla and kept a home east of Mendocino. Her father started a beautiful little church in Comptche which is still going. Great folks.

    MG guitarist Steve Cropper is the best R&B guitar guy ever and a major song writer. Duck Dunn, the bass player, pretty much laid down the book on how to play bass in a combo. Al Jackson was a terrific drummer before his girlfriend shot him to death.

    Yeah, I know about the Blues as well as R&B and can play them fair as well…

    March 20th, 2014 6:49 am

  13. CohnZohn

    Streetglide, Thanks for the info about Booker T. I never knew. I’m about to start writing. Think I’ll listen to Howlin’ Wolf while I tap away on the keyboard.

    March 20th, 2014 9:46 am

  14. glenellen

    Great stuff about Booker T & MG’S. I was just listening to
    Mclemore Avenue LP. I love Steve Cropper also. I have him on CD playing live with Boz Scaggs..

    March 20th, 2014 3:10 pm

  15. glenellen

    Steely Dan was also a great Studio band.

    March 20th, 2014 3:11 pm

  16. Streetglide

    Steely Dan wasn’t the Stax-Volt house band. That’s the difference…

    March 20th, 2014 5:55 pm

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