Blues Blog Robert Crumb

All along the watchtower
Princes kept the view
While all the women came and went
Barefoot servants, too

– All Along The Watchtower –

Last week I saw a band play Bob Dylan songs, most of all his blues songs, at the end for the last song a special guest  bass player entered the stage.  What happenend next was the most Apocalypse Now / freaked version of All Along the Watchtower. I already took a few beers but Bruno, rocked that bass, it was nice. Slapping crazy.

Heroes of the Blues

Later that night Bruno told me about Robert Crumb’s  Blues trading cards. Crumb has created several sets of trading cards. His full-color, pen & ink portraits of 36 early great blues singers and musicians is entitled “Heroes of the Blues Trading Cards”. In the fashion of baseball cards, it is really nice. If you like reading more about the painting process you will find it here.

Robert Crumb Heroes of the Blues
Robert Crumb Heroes of the Blues (photo Rutkowski)Blues Book

Blues by Robert Crumb

I last night I checked things out. Besides Blues musicians, Crumb also painted cards of Jazz- and Country artist. In 2006 Crumb collected the cards in a book entitled, “R. Crumb’s Heroes of Blues, Jazz and Country”, which included a 21-song CD of songs by many of those depicted in the trading cards. The collection includes musicians like:

  1. Frank Stokes
  2. Jaybird Coleman
  3. Blind Willie Johnson
  4. Scrapper Blackwell and Leroy Carr
  5. Blind Lemon Jefferson

Heroes of the Blues Cover

All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix

60 Minutes of All Along The Watchtower – Various Artist

Buddy Guy Birthday blues blog

I’ve never missed a gig yet. Music makes people happy, and that’s why I go on doing it – I like to see everybody smile.
– Buddy Guy –

Buddy Guy 77 years

Young dogs grow old! Buddy Guy the famous bluesguitar master has become 77 years today. To honor this legend A Black Bull Blues blues blog for buddy. What I like about the Chicago representative is the youth in his voice and music. In contrast to Muddy Waters or Howlin’Wolf with whom Buddy played together since the fifties is that buddy always kept a kind of youth in his voice. For exemple Slop Around or First time I Met The Blues.

Legendary BluesGuitarist

Buddy Guy (born George Guy, July 30, 1936 in Lettsworth, Louisiana) is an American blues music and rock music guitarist, as well as a singer. Known as an inspiration to Jimi Hendrix and other 1960s blues and rock legends, Guy is considered as an important proponent of chicago blues made famous by Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. He has influenced both widely known and local blues guitarists.

Super Blues Band

Buddy Guy Blues blog Chicago
Buddy Guy in 1998

My father once gave me a blues record super blues band. It contains music of Muddy Waters, Howlin´ Wolf and Bo Diddley. He Told me the guy that plays Bass is also very good. I didn´t knew who Willy dixon was, but it wasn´t Willy it was Buddy Guy. Buddy Guy did not play bass on every track, but i´ve been told that on some songs buddy grabbed that bassguitar.

Buddy Guy Chicago Blues Guitar

Guy grew up in Louisiana where he learned to play guitar. In the early 1950s he began performing with bands in Baton Rouge. Soon after moving to Chicago in 1957, Guy fell under the influence of “Mighty”Muddy Waters. In 1958 he won a record contract with Artistic Records after beating the West Side guitarists Magic Sam and Otis Rush in a “Head Cutting Contest” at the Blue Flame Club. Soon afterwards he recorded for the Cobra label.

Religious experience

Another story ´bout buddy. A friend wen´t to the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam the Netherlands. Quitte funny thing most times. But that particular year it was buddy who made the show. Buddy Was fantastic, walk through the audience, let ecerybody rock and made impression with his guitar style. How my friend discribed it “ A religious experience”.

Why did they keep changing guitars and amplifiers when they were perfect? They did the same things with cars, if you ask me. They forgot how to make them right, because they focused on style and bells and whistles.
– Buddy Guy –


Blind Willie McTell blues blog

Well, I heard that hoot owl singing, As they were taking down the tents The stars above the barren trees, Were his only audience. Them charcoal gypsy maidens can strut their feathers  Well. But nobody can sing the blues Like Blind Willie McTell

– Bob Dylan – 

Blind Willie McTell

The famous Blind Willie Mc Tell song  Mamma, Let Me Scoop for You. recorded in 1932. Blues blog Willie, the groovy, delta singer. (born William Samuel McTier May 5, 1898 – August 19, 1959).

Blind Sammie of Hot shot Willie is known for his fingerstyle blues. You can also call it Piedmont blues, a guitar style to play the blues. It is the eastcoast blues. Blind Willie played it, using his thumb to play the bass.


Blind Willie’s Nicknames

For those interested? Willy had a Whole lot of Nicknames: Barrelhouse Sammy (The Country Boy), Blind Doogie, Blind Sammie, Blind Willie, Georgia Bill, Red Hot Willie (Glaze), Hot Shot Willie, Pig ‘n’ Whistle Red.

Bob Dylan Tribute to Blind Willie Mc Tell

Bob Dylan Made a great song about blind Willy Mc Tell. I think it is a fantastic Tribute. You know what I mean, read the last lines.

Lyrics Blog Blind Willie mc tell

Seen the arrow on the doorpost

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Blind_Willie_McTell_US goverment igital ID ppmsc 00400

Saying, “This land is condemned
All the way from New Orleans
To Jerusalem”
I traveled through East Texas
Where many martyrs fell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

Well, I heard that hoot owl singing
As they were taking down the tents
The stars above the barren trees
Were his only audience
Them charcoal gypsy maidens
Can strut their feathers well
But nobody can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell

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Howlin’ Wolf | Big Man Blues

“I couldn’t do no yodelin’, so I turned to howlin’. And it’s done me just fine.”
– Howlin’ Wolf –

Howlin’  Wolf is the biggest bigman of the blues, and that is what you hear in songs like Smokestack Lightning. He is the Shaquille O’neal of the blues, and while listening to the song 300 pound (of a heavily Joy) you understand how Wolf dominated the bluesscene for over fourty years. this is the Howlin’ Wolf Big Man Blues blog.

Howlin’ Wolf in Memphis

Photographer-Doug Fulton Howlin'_Wolf_1972
Photographer-Doug Fulton Howlin’_Wolf_1972

Howlin’ Wolf made fame in Memphis at Sun Records, I always forget the Big Man recorded for Sun, he made some great songs like How Many More Years and Well That’s Allright in that period. a few years later  Wolf went to Chicago  where he released the album Howlin’ Wolf Rockin’ Chair In 1962It is a great album, with an artistic cover. It contains songs like Wang Dang Doodle”, “Goin’ Down Slow”, “Spoonful”, and “Little Red Rooster.

London Sessions

With the London Sessions, a more groovy album Wolf plays his songs with some of the  British bluesmasters like Eric Clapon, Ian Stewart and Bill Wyman. After the release of this album Howlin’ Wolf became widly succesfull in the United Kingdom. Fellow artists like Sonny Boy Williamson and John Lee Hooker had already proved to be succesfull in Europa. Wolf would be Next.

Everybody is familiar with the arguments between muddy and Wolf:

“I don’t have anything to say about the guy [Muddy Waters], you know. Treat me all right. But I can this: they are jealous hearted, you know. Are jealous hearted musicians, you know. See, if you can’t do like your songs, get kinda jealous of you. Like you, like they think you better than them and all that, but I don’t fool with those kind of peoples, you know. I ain’t got the time.” – Howlin’ Wolf

Howlin’ Wolf Big Man Blues

Roadhouse Blues Blog | Morisson Hotel

The American Blues record Morrison Hotel by The Doors is one of my favorite. It is a sunny day, the fifth of July, one day after the 237th birthday of The United States, and while sitting at my front door people pass by. This ain’t the Mississippi or Los Angeles, but music brings you there, while enjoying the sun, through Lightning Hopkins sunglasses. this Blues Blog is about Morrison Hotel.

Although Jim and Ray aren’t real bluesmen,  and The Doors play more experimental, blues, rock with at some point a voodoo flavor over the music. I like it.

Yeah, we’re goin’ to the Roadhouse, We’re gonna have a real, Good time. The future’s uncertain, and the end is always near.

Roadhouse_Blues vinyl
Roadhouse_Blues vinyl

You gotta roll, roll, roll
You gotta thrill my soul, all right
Roll, roll, roll, roll
Thrill my soul
You gotta beep a gunk a chucha
Honk konk konk
You gotta each you puna
Each ya bop a luba
Each yall bump a kechonk
Ease sum konk
Ya, ride

Roadhouse Blues my favorite The Doors song, but on this track the Piano played by Ray Manzarek feels like a Little Willy Littlefield piano tune, that boogie woogie feel. Just like that.

Morisson Hotel is not only a historical album for it’s music. The backcover was the inspiration for a worldwide brand of Hardrock Cafés. I read this article about Henry Diltz the photographer of Morisson. They walked around town looking for places to shoot the albumcover. After a while the took pictures at the small Morrison Hotel, the place that was later turned into some kind of Laundry shop, or maybe a barbershop, for shure it ain´t a hotel at this moment.

The Doors |  Morisson Hotel | Blues blog

That hardrock café as photographed  was already there in the 30s. It didn´t mean rock and roll, at that time, it meant mining or something. After the release of Morrison Hotel, the Doors received a phone call from England, “can we use the name for our pub? Yeah sure go ahead”, and it all started.