How Sebastopol tuning opened the door to open blues tuning

Open tuning. From Russia with love? Or from Liverpool? If you think blues is purely African American, think again. Influences on the genre come from many countries and many creeds. Take the first two blues guitar recordings ever made, for example, ‘Guitar Blues’ and ‘Guitar Rag’. These seminal instrumentals were recorded in New York in… Continue reading How Sebastopol tuning opened the door to open blues tuning

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Was the seed of ‘Bentonia Blues’ Bermudan or planted by Skip James?

Bentonia, MS - 3/11/2015 - Jimmy "Duck" Holmes stands on the front porch of The Blue Front Cafe. The Blue Front Cafe opened in 1948 under the ownership of Carey and Mary Holmes, an African American couple from Bentonia. In its heyday the Blue Front was famed for its buffalo fish, blues, and moonshine whiskey. Jimmy "Duck" holmes took over the cafe from his parents in 1970 and has continued to operate it as an informal, down-home blues venue that has gained international fame among blues enthusiasts.

Updated August 6th 2019. A couple of posts ago (three years now, actually) I featured the mysterious Delta Blues photographer who goes only by the name Shein Die. Mr or Ms Die alerted me to a branch of blues called Bentonia Blues, named after the town of Bentonia in Mississippi. “It was started by Henry… Continue reading Was the seed of ‘Bentonia Blues’ Bermudan or planted by Skip James?

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The blues turns electric

Blues on the cusp of rock ‘n’ roll This final Original Chicago Blues film, above, opens on a 1952 electric version of Washboard Sam’s classic ‘Digging My Potatoes’ featuring the superb lead guitar work of Lee Cooper. To read more about Lee Cooper please visit this earlier post below. Forgotten electric blues guitar great from… Continue reading The blues turns electric

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