Musical Playlist 29: All About The Blues

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Recently I began watching The Blues: Feel Like Going Home, a documentary series produced by Martin Scorsese and I realized that I did not know as much about the blues as I should. The blues is the foundation of most black American music, and some would argue American music in general, but it sometimes isn’t given the full credit that it deserves.

Having undergone a renaissance in the last twenty years or so, the blues has re-exploded onto the American musical scene. People have begun to recognize that it is the mother of most of the music that is popular today including jazz, rock and roll, soul music, rhythm and blues and even hip hop.

I have decided to start studying blues music on my own, first by watching and studying the documentary and then performances of blues musicians that I’ve read and heard about through the years. So far, these are the musical artists I’ve been studying and digging.

There’s so much more blues to go but I’ve got a lifetime to get through it.. On this first blues Musical Playlist, I am devoting it to Lightnin’ Hopkins, Big Mama Thornton, Muddy Waters, Bobby Blue Bland and BB King.

Lightnin’ Hopkins

  1. Come On Baby

  2. Mojo Hand

  3. Baby I Don’t Care

  4. You Don’t Know

Muddy Waters

  1. Got My Mojo Working

  2. (I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man (Live at Newport Festival 1960)

  3. Rock Me

  4. Rollin’ Stone (Catfish Blues)

Big Mama Thornton

  1. Hound Dog + Down Home Shakedown

  2. Everything Gonna Be Alright

  3. Ball & Chain

Bobby “Blue” Bland

  1. Ain’t No Love In The Heart of the City

  2. Yolanda

  3. Ain’t Nothing You Can Do

  4. Call On Me

  5. Chains of Love

  6. The Feeling Is Gone

B.B. King

  1. Boogie Woogie Woman

  2. Sweet Little Angel

  3. Thrill Is Gone

  4. Early In The Morning

  5. Every Day I Have The Blues

Enjoy this dose of blues, I’m sure I’ll return with more…

Naj