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Country Blues revival by Davis Coen

Country Blues revival by Davis Coen

Hailin’ from the Memphis, TN~area Guitarist and singer-songwriter Davis Coen brings some great contemporary country-blues. His voice reminds me of the true blues songs of Eric Clapton and his arrangements of the traditional Delta and Country blues artist such as Son House, Bukka White and Junior Kimborough. But above all Davis Coen lets the country blues revive like no other.

Experienced bluesman from the Memphis area

Coen is an experienced artist who has been touring the U.S. since his teens, either as a solo guitar and vocal act, or commonly accompanied by bass and drums configuration (Coen Bio). Throughout the Southeast and mid-south, you will see him perform at bars, clubs and festivals. Most recent he made his entrance at the historic King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas. Also fans in Europe can enjoy Coen’s performances where he toured several times.

Nine blues album releases Davis Coen

“BLues from the Get Down”, is a great album filled with harmonica country blues songs. Listen to “Ozone Park Cemetary” to get the feeling of Cons style. Also “D.E.A. Blues” is a treasure of this album. I hear the influence of Kimborough on this song. Since starting Davis Coen has released nine albums.

 

Off the June 2012 album release, ‘Hard Luck Cafe,’ the song “Mile After Mile” was written & performed by Davis Coen (Shadyville South/ ASCAP). iMovie created by Grace Askew. Footage shot in Como, MS at Delta Recording Services and shot by Grace Askew.

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Song of the Day: Scrapper Blackwell – Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out

Scrapper Blackwell – Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out

 Most people know the classic “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” from the Eric Clapton cover performed on his Unplugged album. But this blues standard written by Jimmy Cox in 1923 is performed by a whole lot of people including Josh White, Sammy Price, Bessie Smith, Lavern Baker and Louis Jordan. But for the last few day I listened to the Scrapper Blackwell version.

Song about a one-time millionaire

Scrapper Blackwell recorded this song at a session in Chicago on August 15, 1928.  According to ‘Blues By Dick Weissman‘ : ” Its lyric, told from the point of view of a one-time millionaire during the Prohibition era, reflects on the fleeting nature of material wealth and the friendships that come and go with it” .

Who is Scrapper Blackwell?

All though nowaday he might be a bit unknown Francis Hillman aka “Scrapper” Blackwell was a well known guitarist back in the day. He made quite fame alongside Blues pianist Leroy Carr and recorded several albums with Carr. Scrapper Blackwell and  Leroy Carr met during a house party in Indianapolis  in 1927.

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Remixed Blues Songs: Ramblin´ On My Mind Robert Johnson Remix

Remixed Blues Songs: Ramblin´ On My Mind Robert Johnson Remix

Ramblin’ On My Mind was recorded on November 23, 1936 by the great Robert Johnson in San Antonio, Texas. The influence of Robert Johnson in the history of music is huge. From Muddy Waters to Eric Clapton, Johnson’s music was an inspiration for all of them. Beside the musicians who cover Johnson’s music acoustic or in a band, a lot of DJ´s find inspiration for a bluesy remix in Johnson´s music. DJ Chamber remixed the song Ramblin´ On My Mind strikingly. This is a blues remix to remember.

Blues remix by DJ Chamber

DJ Chamber is a globetrotting, and award-winning DJ who has been touring internationally since the age of just 21. Originally from Bristol, UK, but currently living in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The remix of Ramblin´ Man contains a steady and groovy drumbeat complimented by remixed vocals of Johnson. When the bass is introduced in this remix you will find a blues / dubstep sound. The song is setup around the continuing guitar sample. DJ Chamber did a great job.

Find more about DJ Chamber here.

Ramlin’ man DJ Chamber – Blues Remix Robert Johnson

Cover version of Ramblin’ on my Mind

Eric Clapton, Simply Red, Ike Turner, Otis Spann and John Mayall are just a few musicians who covered Ramblin´ On My Mind. Eric Clapton´s version is a revival version of Johnson original recording. Simply Red´s version is almost A capella. John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers made a great honky tonk Blues track of this traditional. You will notice that all cover versions keep the bluesy feeling, like Robert Johnson recorded it.

Eric Clapton

Simply Red

John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers

Left Lane Cruiser & James Leg

The raw edged version of Ramblin’ on My Mind by Left Lane Cruiser & James Leg is worth listening. Beside the cool vocals the honky tonking piano tune make this song. It may be the most badass version of Johnson’s song ever recorded.

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John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers

Once you start collecting records you learn more and more about jazz and blues.
– John Mayall – 

John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers

John Mayall is considered the father of the British Blues, He recorded as a solo artist and with The Bluesbreakers, more than twenty albums over the last fifty years. Mayall and The Bluesbreakers made the blues very, very popular back in the sixties, for that John Mayall  is considered the Father of the British Blues. I wrote a lot about American Blues legends on this blog, for now a journey to England, British Blues John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers.

John Mayall and Eric Clapton

John Mayall and the Buesbreakers 1971 (Wiki Heinrich_Klaffs_Collection_70)
John Mayall and the Buesbreakers 1971 (Wiki Heinrich_Klaffs_Collection_70)

John Mayall is a fantastic musician and talent scout, he collected some of the best musicians and guitarist around him since he started back in the sixties. So when a young Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds 1965 to join John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers we were all blasted by the sound of mister Slowhands. It was a major coup for Mayall, and resulted in a dreamteam recording session, and eventually in the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton album. When Clapton left the Bluesbreakers, Mayall found Peter Green, and when he left John found Mick Taylor willing to play for him.

Blues albums: Turning Point

Not only Mayall’s  guitarist made the Bluesbreaker famous, John Mc Vie and Steve Thompson contributed with funky fantastic basslines. Steve Thompson blasts away on the 1969 album Turning Point.  I remember very well the first time I heard Turning Point, an album without drums, but basslines that fill the rhythm enough. The Turning Point album is an example for what John Mayall is, an innovator.

John Mayall played with a lot of great musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Albert King and the Rolling Stones. The next video is an example, Albert King produced by John Mayall:

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