“Wanna fight about it”, says Charlie Patton in the video below. Charlie’s singing his 1929 track, A Spoonful Blues. While he sounds as rough and tough as old boots, in reality Charlie Patton was a slight little guy, about the size of a jockey, albeit a jockey with a mighty voice. Now, many call Charlie… Continue reading Blues in Spoonfuls.
Oh, the irony! White evangelists peddled drugs and booze, as black families feared the blues. When it comes to blues, booze, drugs and religion, this is a world laced with irony. In the early days of blues, black families, steeped in a century of Christianity, worried sick about sons, daughters and grandchildren playing what they… Continue reading Blues, booze, drugs and religion.