Where has this music been all my life? Earlier this week, I was at my friend Greg’s house and he put a B.B. King record on. It was smooth and soulful and somehow relaxed but driven; it was steadfast but going somewhere; it was the blues and I loved it.
I’ve always been a fan of jazz but the blues has never really stuck. I didn’t really get it, you know? Maybe it’s just in getting a bit older, but it’s suddenly clicked. It’s a blissful turn-your-brain-off-and-just-feel-it sort of music.
As I’ve been exploring it since, the keystone album has been Muddy Waters at the Newport Jazz Festival. From there, it’s been B.B. King, Mike Bloomfield, Etta James, Otis Spann, and I’m just scratching the surface. I’m keeping track of my favorites in the collection below. Give it a listen, you might just like it.
If you’re into the blues and want to make recommendations — I’m all ears!
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