A heated discussion on 'Race, Gender & the Blues'

jinxblues@AOL.COM jinxblues@AOL.COM
Tue May 22 23:23:02 EDT 2012


In no particular order, and keeping in mind that I could find hundreds
of other good examples, here are a couple of handfuls of white singers
that (imo) pulled off the blues vocal thing, convincingly.  If there
is one common denominator, at least in the ones where there is video
footage, it is that they all seem to be giving the vocals their best
effort--which also works to separate the really good musicians from
the average, irregardless of color.

I have watched this thread come around and you are all missing the point of the conference.

It was saying:

"I'm black and I'm in the blues world and I'm not working as much as I should be working because white folks are getting hired and that's wrong because it's MY birthright."

The conference was held in Chicago and - surprise - Mister Guy didn't drive his Royles Royce from his club to attend.

I appreciate all of you lending opinions about guitar solos and vocal styles but my late father had the right approach:

"The first time that someone tells you that's it's not about the money, you know . . . it's about the money."



Dick Waterman
1601 Buchanan Avenue
Oxford, MS 38655


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