Sunday, January 27, 2013
Various - Low Blows
Changing tastes and styles dealt most of Chicago's harp men a low blow as modern lead guitar-oriented blues, along with R&B and soul, took the fore in the 1960s. By then, many harp players had taken up bass or drums to keep work as sidemen in the local bands, and many others just gave up on music for years at a time. By the time Chicago's renown as blues capital of the world began to attract a growing influx of tourists from across the country and abroad in the '70s and '80s, most of the music promoted in the nightclubs was a new hybrid altogether. Folks who came to experience "Chicago blues," as defined by the small combo harp/guitar sound of the '50s records they'd heard, either tuned in to the city's new brand of blues or settled for the occasional sampling of the older music still offered by a few clubs on certain nights of the week.
The new audience for vintage sounds has, however, helped to bring a number of bluesmen from the '50s back to the performing stages and recording studios on occasion.
Originaly released on Rooster records in the US this is the UK release on Bedrock with the Rooster insert included.