Thursday, August 19, 2010

Etta Baker Interviewed

Those of you who may have enjoyed yesterday's musicological post — Elizabeth Cotten Interviewed — might also enjoy these reposted videos below:

Piedmont blues, a.k.a. East Coast blues, with its "happy sound" delightfully described and played above, is about as American as it gets. After all, we are, or were, a happy people. Delta blues, impressive as it is, is too dark, too foreign to ultimately be of wide appeal. To Piedmont's credit, "its ragtime-based rhythms... lessened its impact on later electric band blues or rock 'n' roll, but it was directly influential on rockabilly and the folk revival scene." To my ear, American Primitivism sounds Piedmont at core. Practioner Robbie Basho even hoped "to see the steel string as a concert instrument and to create a Raga system for America."

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Blogger Dauvit Balfour said...

Cool interviews. My college roommate got me interested in the blues, though his taste ran mostly toward electric slide guitar blues and I've only slowly branched out into some of the older stuff, and still mostly delta blues. This is good stuff.

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Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I'm glad you liked them. It's hard not to be drawn into the Delta Blues, raised in Rock-n-Roll as we were. (Some posts you mat enjoy -- Bukka White's Jelly Roll Blues and Three From Sam Chatmon.)

Piedmont Blues, though, I think, has a more wholesome appeal, and is thus far less appreciated.

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