Magic Sam: All my love


Chicago guitar player by way of Mississippi, Samuel “Magic Sam” Gene Maghett lived a short life (February 14, 1937 – December 1, 1969), but left a legacy of sweet soul blues. His guitar playing so unique for the time that the prolific blues songwriter Willie Dixon said of him, “Magic Sam had a different guitar sound…Most of the guys were playing the straight 12-bar blues thing, but the harmonies that he carried with the chords was a different thing altogether. This tune ‘All Your Love’, he expressed with such an inspirational feeling with his high voice. You could always tell him, even from his introduction to the music.”

Check out this tune and feel “All Your Love”:

Here he is with some slow blues, “My Love Will Never Die”:

An upbeat boogie “I Wanna Boogie”:

Piedmont folk-blues: Ernest Troost, Cephas & Wiggins, & Etta Baker


Piedmont blues legend Etta Baker.

I recently heard folk-blues singer-songwriter Ernest Troost’s new album “O Love” and loved it. I found myself drawn into the world of old screen doors and broken hearts being mended through the only thing that can heal, love. The only song from the album on YouTube is “Close” but please check out this album. The title track “O Love” is my favorite.

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Back to basics: The blues with Ali Farka Touré

“The blues tells a story. Every line of the blues has a meaning.” ~John Lee Hooker

Ali Farka Touré was born near Timbuktu in Mali, West Africa in 1939. He’s known for his electric guitar style which was his own unique blend of Malian folk styles and American blues. He had a hypnotic droning style often compared to John Lee Hooker, though I find him more similar to the style of North Mississippi bluesman Junior Kimbrough. Below I’ve included videos from both. The world lost Ali in 2006, but his spirit lives on through his music, musicians he influenced, and his son Vieux Farka Touré, who while carrying the seeds of his father’s music, is forging his own musical identity.
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