Suit or In Tune Singing and Playing?

Chuck hhs249@GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 8 18:02:34 EDT 2010

Sandor, you lost me there with your last sentence. My remark about the showing up to mow the lawn look was in direct response to a remark that someone made about showing up not looking ready to mow the lawn-- but I see you omitted that, I sincerely hope that it wasn't omitted in order to misrepresent my intent. I guess I should have Lawrence's included name there in my last paragraph,  and then made the remark in a separate post, so that you would not have been confused and think that I was connecting blackface to hippies. I very much like hippies, the thought of blackface entertainers catering to racists, um, not so much.  

Btw, I am really happy that your friend, you, and whomever else wants to dress to the nines can, and do, man that is so swell.....all I ask is the same leeway for others to do, or not do, the long as they wear clean clothes. My wife is a waitress, working here in the same joint in Dallas, for the last 24 years. She has to wear white laundered and starched shirts and a tie too...along with an apron. So there, we're even. We both have laundry bills. ;)

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On Sep 8, 2010, at 4:03 PM, Sandor Gulyas <> wrote:

> On Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 7:58 AM, Chuck <> wrote:
>> For some reason when I see BB announced in front of his big band on the big stage I never confuse the big man with anyone in the audience....and wouldn't even if he wearing the afore mentioned dreaded dungarees.  But that's just me.
>> All I can say is thank the Lord the hippies who were playing rock in the 60s and 70s were not subjected to the same fashion po-lice whims as the blues performers are...because frankly I just don't think the Grateful Dead or Commander Cody or Canned Heat would have benefited by dressing up like the New Christy Minstrels. For me, then as now, I really could care less what they were wearing as long as their clothes didn't stink....It should be about the music and having fun and dancing if you want to, not judging someone by their threads.
>> Let's see, the blues po-lice want "their" performers dressed up, not cussing, not smoking weed during breaks, drinking bottled water, always making eye contact when the paying audience wants them to be making eye contact, be accessible, don't play too loud, performing in a smoke free room starting as early in the evening as possible... and oh yeah, those god damn dancers need to sit down too. And then we sit around and opine that "the blues these days, man, they just aren't the same."   Got it.
>> Then again, for some perspective, perhaps we should also recall the blackface performers who went out of their way to show up on stage purposefully trying to look like they  were "there to mow the long." They never called that what it really was, they called it entertainment too.
>> chuck
>> Sent from my iPad
> Ah yes, hippies and blackface, what a combination. I've talked about
> Teddy Johnson and his Juke Joint ( for four
> years or so. Teddy is old fashion. He fashioned a bar/nightclub out of
> a turn-of-the-century shotgun house, nearly a thousand yards off the
> main drag (which in turn was bypassed for an expressway a mile or so
> behind), out in the middle of the woods and countryside (though you
> can look south and see the lights and fires of the refineries in Baton
> Rouge).
> So with a rustic magical place, one would think you can see black men
> in overalls, boots, and straw hats playing guitar on the front porch.
> Alas, I've seen a combination of that setting from different folks
> over my three or four years there, but not one person fitting that
> description.
> You see, Teddy is very adamant about having a dress code for anyone
> who works for him. Staff, and any musician who is performing there. We
> have to wear a collar shirt along with pants (IOW, no shorts).
> Bartenders have to wear a tie (straight or bow). You had to look
> "professional." Teddy, goes around in his wide brim hat, silk shirt,
> suspenders, pressed slacks, and polished snakeskin (white, blue or,
> red) cowboy boots when he hosts a band or is performing himself (as a
> DJ), he will lead by example. If you've met Teddy at IBC or at his
> club (or seen photos online) you know it is hard to out dress him.
> The point is that Teddy is very much in the camp of dress over
> substance. All the comments we've seen about the old (black) bluesmen
> being quoted as saying you have to dress to perform, I've heard Teddy
> repeat them to me, other workers, and musicians (whose attire didn't
> meet Teddy's approval). The idea being that you want to project an
> image of what you want others to see in you, when you appear.
> Otherwise, Sunday best, dapper dandy, zoot suits, haberdashery,
> dressed for success, dressed to the nine, evening finery, and sharp
> dressed man wouldn't describe attire, but something else.
> Of course you don't see cattle rustlers wearing tuxedos out in the
> field, surgeons wearing denim in operating rooms, judges wearing
> surgeon smocks in court, miners wearing judges robes underground, and
> working class men (and women) wearing their work overalls to a formal.
> Oh well, maybe if all the hippies hadn't sold out for blackface....
> Sandor
> posted from my Toshiba laptop
> -- 
> Sandor Gulyas
> M.A. Geography - Louisiana State Univ. '08
> B.A. Geography - Ohio State Univ. '02

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