One of FBF's oldest themes is back! Let's check out a few tunes via YouTube.
|Hound Dog Taylor|
|The hand of the Hound|
Girls With Guitars disc, featuring three amazing young female guitarists.....lead guitarists Samantha Fish and Dani Wilde and bassist Cassie Taylor, all three in their early 20's. Fish has been wowing blues fans in Kansas City for a couple of years, Wilde has two well-received CDs to her credit, and Taylor has appeared on several of her father Otis' recordings as well as one of the late Gary Moore's releases as a vocalist.
The trio made up this year's edition of Ruf's Blues Caravan tour and released this impressive album earlier this summer. Fish also released a marvelous CD on Ruf just a few weeks ago, Runaway. Keep an eye on these ladies.....I imagine you will be hearing much more from them over the next few years.
Even though Scaggs has proven to be something of a musical chameleon over his lengthy career, as a teenager he got his start as vocalist for in a blues band formed by his high school classmate and fellow Texan, Steve Miller. The pair played in several blues bands in college before Scaggs moved overseas to England to join the R&B scene there. He eventually reunited with Miller, appearing on Miller's first two recordings, then embarked on a solo career, seeing his biggest success from the mid 70's to the early 80's with pop hits like "Lowdown," "Lido Shuffle," "We're All Alone," "Miss Sun," "What Can I Say," and "Look What You've Done To Me." In the 80's, he backed off the music scene, operating a blues club in San Francisco, Slim's, and recording sporadically. In the late 90's, he returned to his blues roots, recording Come On Home, a mix of some classic blues and R&B tunes, mixed with a few originals.
|Jack Owens (guitar) and Bud Spires (harmonica) with friend|
Now, I'm not a music scholar by any means, but for me, the Bentonia style is highlighted by an ominous and eerie guitar tone, which is accentuated by the falsetto vocal stylings of both James and Owens (current Bentonia resident Jimmy "Duck" Holmes' vocals are different, but the guitar work is very similar). In the past, the only people who played in the Bentonia style were native to the area, which adds to it's uniqueness. I can promise that you've never heard anything quite like it and while it's more than likely not to everyone's taste (James' 1931 recordings sold poorly upon release), the Bentonia style of blues has been a major influence on the blues over the years, from Robert Johnson, Bukka White, Albert Collins (who all used the Bentonia tuning at one time or another on one song or another) to Eric Clapton (who recorded the Skip James tune, "I'm So Glad," while with Cream, ensuring the ailing guitarist a little income from royalties).
By the way, this video is part of a fascinating series on YouTube collecting various artists filmed by folklorist Alan Lomax over the years. If you're interested, there are some additional, equally cool clips under AlanLomaxArchive. Check them out.