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Re: “Refuge in the Blues

I agree with most of your comments concerning the solo/duo acts. I'm not really sure where you're going with the concept of lost traditional blues - being influenced by 60's and 70's acts means you're dealing with influences that are 30 or 40 years old. How old, exactly, is "traditional"? Does the Big Stick version of "Stagger Lee", influenced by R.L. Burnside and later done by Nick Cave in the 90's, not qualify because it's "only" 40 years old?
As Mr. Flohill said in his keynote speech, it's time the blues community started drawing the line between Blind Lemon Jefferson and Tupac (he used different examples, but that's the general idea). If the blues "leaders" want to keep the blues alive, understand that it doesn't appeal to everyone all the time, but rather it appeals to everyone at SOME time. And it has mutated, changed, and evolved. It should all be embraced because blues is a state of mind, not a fixed in stone religious concept.
Regarding the band finalists - all I can say is that I don't understand what the judges were thinking. Some of the best bands did not make the finals, and those that did were, as my wife said, "playing the same song over and over again."

- Russell "Hitman" Alexander

Posted by hitmanbluesband on 01/28/2010 at 11:43 PM


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