So I love the blues.
It’s something ingrained in me. My brother is an obsessive blues guitarist and he’s been listening to them since I was about five years old. For a long time I had a mild dis-interest. But that didn’t mean I wasn’t listening and enjoying.
Sometime in late college. It finally all clicked.
Thelonious Monk. BB King. Muddy Waters, Big Maceo, Freddie King, T-Bone Walker, Johnny Shines, Ma Rainey, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Professor Longhair, Albert King, Robert Nighthawk, Big Mama Thorton, Willie Dixon, Albert Collins, Roosevelt Skyes, Otis Rush, Julia Lee, and especially… my personal favorite…
Bobby “Blue” Bland
His blues stuff is incredible. Just incredible. I love his voice. All at once it’s both gentle, yet aching. It’s honest, yet serene. They even called him “the lion of the blues”.
And one of the things I like about him in particular is his voice and style had sooooo much range. One reason why most people can’t get into the blues is “it all sounds the same”. It’s not that dumb a comment cause it kind of does and all pretty much operates within the same note scales, but that never seems to be a problem with Bobby.
Nothing showed this off more when half way through his career he kind of adopted R&B and soul into his music.
Never was the soul experiment as successful as it was with “Ain’t No Love In The Heart of the City”. It’s literally the best soul song I’ve ever heard (of the non-gospel-influenced-school) It was only a minor hit when it was released, but actually has gained an incredible amount of popularity do to a cover from WHITESNAKE and a JAY-Z sampling.
Anywho, in your infinite abilities, y’all should have no problem finding this amazing song.