Lately, I have been heading back to the Blues. That was music I grew up with, and that really moved me. After a long time away, I started listening to some of the older cuts again, and they still knock me out. I woke up the other night and couldn't get back to sleep, so I turned on the idiot box. There was a documentary segment on the Blues, with BB King, Bobby Rush, Roscoe Gordon, Ike Turner etc. BB related a story of how he used to play on the 'chittlin' circuit' and they use to ride a bus from town to town, giggin' every night. He says that one day, he was booked at the Fillmore West with Steve Miller and various others. They pulled up and he saw nothing but white people, so he told the driver to keep looking, they were in the wrong place. So they kept driving and eventually came back, and Billy Graham assured him this was the venue. The year was 1968. He said that the audience was over 90% white and this was the first time he had ever played to a white audience. It represented a quantum leap for his career, a breakthrough. He said in the 45 mins he played, he received 4 standing ovations, as well massive one at the end. And he said he was moved to tears. I saw him a few years later, backed up by Muddy Waters band. MW just blew him away at that show, what a great blues band! But BB was great. Muddy had a great recording out called 'Hard Again' with Johnny Winter on guitar. The cuts Deep Down in Florida and King Bee rock. The one that kills me is ' I'm a MAN' M-A-N. Mannish Boy. It is just SO LOUD! Years ago, I used to listen to the Paul Butterfield Band, Mike Bloomfield always rocked me. So did Howlin' Wolf - Little Red Rooster,etc. I used to have a great album of Mississippi Fred McDowell, doin' Good Mornin' Li'l School Girl, and Hiway 61, That album was named 'I Do Not Play No Rock'n'Roll" and he had a little intro where he said that and ' I play just pure and natural blues y'all' This guy used to play with a broken coke bottle neck, literally. Great stuff! Nobody here in the US listened to this stuff, but the Brits were all over it. John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Alex Korner, The Stones, Yardbirds, Fleetwood Mac in particular took a lot of their hard sounds from the American Blues genre. These bands graduated hundreds of members, many of whom are stll very prominent today, including Beck, Clapton, Page, Jagger etc. Here are some of my other favorite blues cuts: It's My Own Fault - Johnny Winter And w/ Derringer If you can cover this, you've made it in the blues genre! Albert's Shuffle - Super Session w/Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield [ Harvey Brooks basswork is to die for, as well as on Season of the Witch] Wang Dang Doodle - Koko Taylor - Savoy Brown, British blues band extraodinaire did a great cover of this as well as many other blues artists. Blues Power - Albert King Baby Please Don't Go - Muddy Waters Big Boss Man - Jimmy Reed Sleepy Time Time - Cream Born Under A Bad Sign - Booker T Jones Smokestack Lightnin' - John Mayall + Bluesbreakers Boogie Chillun, Boom Boom, Big Legs Tight Skirt - John Lee Hooker I Just Want To Make Love To You - Willie Dixon Spoonful Willie Dixon Bring It On Home - Sonny Boy Williamson there is a ton more. Any of you guys love the Blues? What records and what artists move you?