Sunday, February 16, 2014

Play the Blues, Punk!

A guitarist for 25 years, I have been learning about music my whole life. Fairly recently I've come back to country music, a form I only appreciated occasionally when growing up in Texas. But the blues has always been essential to me and I'm now trying to understand if I need two different projects to create my vision in each of these genres.
No other art form matches the power of the greatest songs, for me at least. Some that do it for me are The Missing Heart by Dwight Yoakam, Better World by The Rave-Ups (led by the great Jimmer Podrasky) and Death Letter Blues by Son House. Also Come On In My Kitchen by Robert Johnson, along with his Hellhound on My Trail. The greatest songs haunt me in ways I want to be haunted.

My new blog on this subject is American Sounds.