Monday, 9 December 2013

blues america and bad mojo

Call it serendipity, coincidence, bad mojo, or the blues guitar playing devil from the crossroads messing with my head, but just as l finished watching the BBC series 'Blues America,' which ended on the USA president Barack Obama  singing 'Sweet Home Chicago', a clip that symbolised that the blues are now everywhere, l switched off the TV, only to hear the radio in my kitchen start playing 'Sweet Home Alabama' by Lynyrd Skynyrd.  Spooky!
Maybe it's time for me to get an exorcist in, but in the meantime, here's some great footage.

Lynyrd Skynyrd on The Old Grey Whistle Test - Sweet Home Alabama

Muddy Waters at Newport - Got My Mojo Working.  People forget that a lot of the old bluesmen used to know how to entertain a crowd.  The last minute of this (from 6 m in) is pure class.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Didn't It Rain.  She could sing, entertain,  and play a mean guitar

Howlin Wolf - If I Were A Bird - 'Inspiration' for Primal Scream's 'Loaded'.

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