The Golden Age of Blues - was there one?
Fri Sep 3 13:10:12 EDT 2010
Well, except for the part about the clothes and hairdoo's some of the
greatest artists from the Golden Age of the Blues circa 1950's (my personal
favorite) were not completely originators, either... A great deal of Muddy's
and Elmore James' output can be directly linked to Robert Johnson and more
than just some of Howlin' Wolf's output owes a great deal to Charlie
There was even a substantial amount of cross-pollination of material
between relevant (and great) artists of the that time who borrowed liberally
from each other, changed a phrase or a turn-around and called it "their own".
That is not to say that these artists did not bring something new or
innovative to the material... In most cases they did. They took what came
before them as strong influences on their own expression.
I do agree with Pat that a lot of more current artists have drifted more
towards "imitation" than "influence"... I even had a chuckle when a locally
renowned harp player insisted my band duplicate an miscue on a Little Walter
tune that he was recording for his own solo CD...
In a message dated 9/3/2010 11:42:44 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
Many of today's Blues musicians are not originators. They replay and
record the same music and style.
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