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The Columbus of the Blues

The Columbus of the Blues

 We owe a lot to Alan Lomax and his father, John. Folklorists record and preserve some of the best we humans have to offer. It is through their hard work that we have before us so many recordings of the great Bluesmen of the South – Muddy Waters, Lead Belly, and Jelly Roll Morton to name a few. Of course, we owe the musicians more. But oftentimes, without the dedication of the John and Alan Lomaxes of this world, we…

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Just Like a Muddy Rolling Stone

Just Like a Muddy Rolling Stone

 A confluence of factors, almost like Delta streams, has me thinking about the Delta Blues and Chicago Blues and the man who did the most to electrify them, Muddy Waters (1913 – 1983). A new movie due out next week, Cadillac Records, tells the story of a truly revolutionary period in American music. Chess Records was pivotal in bringing great Blues and R&B legends like Etta James, Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters to a larger audience, and is the subject…

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