piano blues

Ron Weinstock rbluesw@YAHOO.COM
Wed Oct 8 06:14:09 EDT 2003

If they did not include some extraneous crap, Eastwood could have included Yancey and Little

Of the Boost of sales is limited to cds and dvds tied in to the blues and the 'blues' acts you
hear on Clear Channel stations (perhaps Jonny Lang and Susan Tedeschi), and not to acts like
Lucky Peterson and Bettye Lavette, There will have been no benefit to the blues.  Folks will
buy the 5cd box and nothing else to have their 'essential' blues.  Somebody might point to a
boost in blues sales for Billboard, but to the working blues acts, it won't matter. If people go
out and catch some live blues acts by local bands (WETA in Washington ran spots on local
bands and promoted the local blues scene before running the shows), there is a boost in
small label sales, then there is a boost. Otherwise the series is just money in the pockets of
big labels, artists (Allman Brothers, Hendrix), PBS who already have big bucks, and little in
hands of those stills cuffling.

On Wed, 8 Oct 2003 01:34:32 -0700, Glenn Weiser <glennw@albany.net> wrote:

>>Date:    Mon, 6 Oct 2003 06:54:30 -0500
>>From:    Ed Swanson <ed.swanson@comcast.net>
>>Subject: Re: Eastwood's Piano Blues a disappointment"
>>I expected Jimmy Yancey to be a "must-include" on any Piano Blues show.  He
>>influenced so many piano players that followed him.  At least they played
>>one of his songs during listing of credits.
>>...Ed Swanson
>Jimmy Yancy could have been mentioned, yes. I for one wish they had
>mentioned Little Brother Montgomery.
>But the point still stands - there wasn't enough time to mention all the
>greats on the PBS series. If the blues gets a good shot in the arm, as
>measured by increased CD sales, I'll be happy.
>Glenn Weiser
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