Sunday, April 5, 2009
Just what is American Roots Music ?
I think we can all agree it is the vast and under-appreciated history of American music that lives on in a good part of our music today. Perhaps in anticipation of some future posts, here is a very, very abbreviated list of some of the contributors to this great tradition. You know roots music will never die when you hear......
The silky smooth and oh so sublime sound of Johnny Hodges soloing with the Duke, reminding us that "Things ain't what they used to be" - so true in music!
Hank Garland effortlessly ripping through his own Sugarfoot Rag
Art Tatum redefining the parameters of jazz piano with Tiger Rag
Gene Vincent Cruisin with Cliff Gallup riding shotgun.
Memphis Minnie warning the HooDoo Lady
Merle Travis bouncing out the Cannonball Rag
Roosevelt Sykes barrel-housing through Gulfport Boogie
Johnny Burnette with (Burlison or Grady Martin?) absolutely tearing it up
Big Walter Horton playing La Cucaracha on a Marine Band Harmonica
Eddie Lang and Carl Kress teaming up and smokin
Big Joe Turner Feelin Happy
Joe Maphis rippin it up on several instruments
Skip James' haunting Devil Got My Woman
Texas rockabilly ace Lew Williams rippin out Centipede
Tiny Grimes swingin at a dance party
The Hawk literally soaring through Indian Summer
These cats from Perth, Australia stay true from afar
Any other suggestions?