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In Saturday's May 17 New York Times T Magazine:
Thx! Ran across mention of the fife and drum music relationship to the blues in 2 e-books that I purchased recently for Amazon Kindle onthe iPad:
Debra Devi's The Language of The Blues (I highly recommend this one, and you get a free download of her latest album, Get Free! with purchase - http://www.devi-rock.com/thelanguageoftheblues/ )
Ted Gioia's Delta Blues : The Life and Times of The Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music (an altogether more academic work, somewhat heavy going in places, and traverses some of the same ground that Alan Lomax did in his seminal work, The Land Where The Blues Began, but recommended nonetheless.)
Thank you for sharing. Otha inspired my rendition of Roll and Tumble on my Good & Evil CD. Drum, flute and 3 string CBG. This style is definitely not what you would expect. Enjoy.
Intense. The video they link to (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rQJ65pKlKw) is just mesmerizing.
Good stuff fo sho. Son of a gun. That video this led to.... Got me playing blues (not real well) on my Irish whistle.
Amazing part of the whole jigsaw of music history (-:
Ohhh, it gets better: I just downloaded and started reading last night Elijah Wald's The Blues: A Very Short Introduction. I'm now up to where rock and roll started taking over, and how jazz, country / western and western swing developed, all of which were influenced by and simultaneously cross-pollinated "The Blues." It's fascinating stuff, and I highly recommend it. In fact, this gives me an idea about putting up a Blues reading list, for those as are so inclined. Would that be useful to anyone?
Informative article . Great family history story, as well . The video answered my main question , "What is fife and drum blues" ? My reading comprehension is a lot better with pictures , or video !?!!!!!!