Pokey LaFarge no retro music. American music that never died
We’re going back to the thirties of the twentieth century when Robert Johnson was still alive. Son House performed over the southern states and Muddy Waters was still working at the Stovall Plantation in Mississippi. Blues has always been there, even now musicians cross the road of the blues scene. One of the musician we caught playing traditional roots music nowadays is Pokey LaFarge, a thirty year old bluesman.
Traditional American Roots Music
Pokey Lafarge is a traditional American roots musician from Illinois, how he got the blues is a fine story. As a teenager Lafarge took an interest in history and literature with the help of his two grandfathers. And that appreciation led to a new fascination Blues music. I bet this sounds familiar for a lot of blues enthusiast. There is still no genre in music with so many myths, story and songs that describe our history.
As a musician Pokey describes himself on his website as: “Born in the heartland of America and based in St. Louis, Missouri, Pokey’s Midwestern appeal and infallible charisma welcomes his audiences with open arms. It’s not retro music. It’s American music that never died”.
Jazz, Blues, Cajun, Swing, Bebop and Country
His songs recall a groove that was formerly played by musicians as Sleepy John Estes, Mississippi Fred Mc Dowell, Woody Guthrie and Louis Armstrong. It is the mix between St. Louis Jazz, blues, Cajun and Country. A little bit of Bebop and a swing flavor. That Cocktail is what people nowadays like and that is why the roots of American Music are still as groovy as the fruits.
Pokey Lafarge (2013)
Pokey Lafarge released seven albums since Marmalade in 2007. Shortly followed by Beat, Move and Shake(2008) and Riverboat Soul (2010). In the spring of 2013 Pokey released his latest album Pokey Lafarge on Jack White´s music label Third Man Records. Marmalade was a traditional delta style blues album. Just one guitar, one man, one harmonica. I really like the album and especially the country style voice. This year he wil tour along Europe, Australia and the States