Blues Revival/ HARD ROCK/ Power Trios
Blues Revival was in both Europe and the US.
Cover versions - 1950s, we discussed a small list of these. They did continue through the
60s 70s and are still happening in the present. Many of the cover artists from the 60s and
70s were white musicians who covered songs from black artists from the 50s and earlier.
The emergence of the guitar was one of the most popular of all the instruments.
A. General Timeline
1956, Muddy Waters was one of the dominant blues performers in Chicago, one of his
promoters thought it would be wise to spread his music out across the country. Apollo
theatre. Muddy Waters and his band, did not have a following in the white media as did
many other blues artists. At the Apollo Theatre, Muddy Waters and his band were booed
off the stage. This was because he was playing music aimed towards the South; South
music was much familiarized with farmers and rural life. BY this time his career was at
the peak of its success, he went back to work in a factory as he did when he first moved
North. Alexis Korner (a record collector, discos, a blues lover, jam sessions in a bar he
owned The Ealing Club); Korner called Muddy Waters to invite him and his piano player
to perform in Great Britain. In Manchester 1958, Muddy Waters played with Chris
Barber band. Muddy came on stage and when the curtain opened there was silence on
both ends. The drummer who is not familiar with Muddy Waters music becomes
confused with the beat and this causes the audience to lose tempo as well. Bad press took
hold of Muddy Waters' performances and what he thought was a turn of success failed.
He returned to the US and a few years later was invited back again to Great Britain.
Many youth were becoming more interested in the types of music that were popular in
the states. Documentaries of the blues were being created -- these were portholes that
would teach about history specifically slavery.
Sonny Boy Williamson "I'm a Lonely Man"
Son House "Levee Camp Blues"
Muddy Waters "Cold feeling Blues"
Howlin Wolf "Shindig" 1965
Muddy Waters label wanted him to head towards folk singing. He played with acoustic
guitars instead of an electric guitar. His biggest selling record ELECTRIC MUD.
1960s Revival Offshoots
Hard Rock (POP/BLUES SYNTHESIS)
Folk Rock (FOLK/BLUES SYNTHESIS)
The Band Country Rock (COUNTRY/BLUES SYNTHESIS)
These were times of ACCULTURATION. Taking different cultures and combining them
to make their own.
They began as a cover band playing all kinds of music. It is hard to find originality in
their early music. "I Can't Be Satisfied" was a recording by Muddy Waters in 1948
(Chess Records). Rolling Stones cover version " I Can't Be Satisfied". The Rolling Stones
copied the songs as best they could but Muddy Waters music is a way of life, he has lived
the stories he sings. They had to stop with cover songs and so they began to write songs
and not just blues songs.
Simple chord progres