Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Diversion

I like to keep my posts in this blog related to Katrina recovery, but once in a while I feel like posting about things of personal interest. Music is one of
my favorite things in life.......especially blues.

I think in another life I was a resident of the Mississippi Delta area. It's in my blood. I can just feel it. There's something about the sound of Delta Blues that I love.

A few months ago, my husband purchased a CD/DVD Combo from Kenny Wayne Shepherd entitled 10 Days Out - Blues from the Backroads

You can see a trailer from the DVD here
(I can't for the life of me embed the youtube clip)


A well-written synopsis provided by Amazon-dot-com
This "back-to-the-roots" road-trip documentary CD/DVD from blues-rocking guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd can be viewed in two ways--it's either the culmination of a long-held desire to promote and play with some unheralded blues veterans before they pass away (as six had already done since the recording was made, 2½ years before its early 2007 release) or a way to regain the blues audience Shepherd all but alienated on his artistically and commercially disappointing 2004 hard-rock release, The Place You're In. Ultimately, it succeeds on both accounts. Regardless of the project's inspiration, the results by and large justify whatever the means might have been to get this show on the road--literally and figuratively. Shepherd hit the highway for a week and a half along with producer Jerry Harrison (ex-Talking Heads), a portable studio, and backup musicians including the rhythm section from Stevie Ray Vaughan's Double Trouble. He searched out blues artists both obscure (the late guitarist Etta Baker, who plays in her kitchen, is a highlight) and better known (Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and B.B. King) for a series of acoustic and electric jams, all of which feature Shepherd--who, to his credit, generally keeps his hot-dogging tendencies in check. A closing concert featuring members of Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters' bands never quite generates the heat it should, but country bluesmen Cootie Stark, Neil Pattman, and harmonica ace Jerry "Boogie" McCain provide plenty of sparks. Shepherd seems sincere enough, but the real stars are the ageing musicians who have maintained their chops and intensity through a lifetime of performing music that clearly comes from the soul. --Hal Horowitz


In January of '09, Hubby & I are planning to take our first cruise in the Carribbean that is all about the blues. I can hardly wait!!!

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