We all know Jack White as a member of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and the Dead Weather, but this guitarist and songwriter is also a great blues enthusiast which resulted in covering some of the greatest bluesman like Son House, Robert Johnson and Blind Willie Mc Tell over the years.
Grinnin’ In Your Face
In the documentary It Might Get Loud (2008) by Davis Guggenheim about the electric guitar White tells about his favorite song: “Grinnin’ in your Face” by Son House. Grinnin’ in your Face is like John The Relevater a non instrumental song. White earlier covered Son House song Death Letter. Watch White explain the magic of this song here:
Find out more about Jack’s White’s blues influenced on RollingStone Magazine. In 15 of Jack White’s Biggest Influences they recall that “Jack White specializes in updating old sounds and vintage vibes into a post-modern blues-rock pastiche”.
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.
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.
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.
If Samuel James had lived eighty years ago he would be on posters around town alongside Son House, Robert Johnson and Big Joe Williams. He is a Blues guitarist inspired by the delta sound. Groovy, now and then slow, but always a bluesy voice accompanied by guitar. Samuel James isn’t a new cat in town, this blues-based singer/songwriter has dazzled audiences around the world for the better part of a decade.
Samuel James is a fantastic guitarist in the Delta Blues style. Not only for using the slide in a lot of songs, but also the way James puts rhythm in a ´simple´ riffs is admirable. There are a lot of singer-songwriters around, I often miss the rhythm and the groove in their songs, I always hope they will start playing some blues songs. Samuel James is the singer-songwriter you want to see. He plays blues and there is always rhythm in Blues.
Recorded albums Samuel James
Albums of James that give you the best insight in his style are ‘Songs Famed for Sorrow and Joy’ (2008) ‘For Rosa, Maeve and Noreen’ (2009) And ‘for the Dark Road Ahead’ (2012) all released on Toronto’s Northern Blues label.
Since 1928 there is one artist that had two careers, four lives and more blues than anybody could dream of. A man that had to learn his own songs twice and was there when Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil on the crossroads. They had to search him down in N.Y. in the sixties because everybody thought he was death. Son House, the father of the Blues is still a big influence today. Continue reading Son House Father of the Blues→