A heated discussion on 'Race, Gender & the Blues'
Sun May 27 11:36:53 EDT 2012
Does that start make me a fake blues fan? Tip of the hat to the promoters who
influenced a slew of Brits by exposing them to black american artists in the
early 60's, thus creating a new blues audience that became musicians. The
American Folk Blues Festival by German promoters Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau
were the catalyst.
Lippmann and Rau got their long overdue induction into the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame last month in Memphis.
It's not just that they brought over real blue, they insisted on top of the line players.
I remember one tour (maybe 1967) with Son House, Skip James, Booker White, Hound Dog Taylor, Brownie & Sonny, Sippie Wallace, etc.
And the rhythm sections were great with Willie Dixon on bass, Fred Below on drums, Otis Spann or Roosevelt Sykes or Lafayette Leake on piano.
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