B.B. King - The Thrill is Gone
Billy Boy Arnold - I Wish You Would
Louis Myers - Wiggle Tail
Albert Ammons - Bottom Blues No. 2
Lester "Joe Hill Louis" Hill - Hydramatic Woman
Joseph "Mighty Joe" Young - Mighty Man
Ray Charles Robinson - I'm Wonderin' and Wonderin'
"Little Joe Blue" Valery - Standing On the Threshold
Fenton Robinson - You Don't Know What Love Is
Alden "Tarheel Slim" Bunn - Wildcat Tamer
Arzell "Z.Z." Hill - What Am I Gonna Tell Her?
Sammy Lewis - I Feel So Worried
Houston Stackhouse - Mercy Blues
Cora "Koko Taylor" Walton - Wang Dang Doodle
Bobby Blue Bland - Stormy Monday Blues
Albert Castiglia - Cadillac Assembly Line - Keepin' On
Marshall Lawrence - Walkin' Blues b/w - Blues Intervention
Marshall and I did a brief interview:
I used to play in electric blues bands, rock bands, funk bands, punk bands and bluegrass bands. The thing about playing in a band is the camaraderie among the players. I also enjoy the musical interplay between the players and the various instruments in the band. You really can create a musical landscape with the other instruments in the band and you don’t always know where the music will take you. Musically it can be very exciting.
However, I later discovered that playing solo acoustic blues and roots music is more intimate than playing in a band. When you are playing solo, it’s just you, your guitar and the audience. What the audience sees is what they get. You are up on stage naked, so to speak. You don’t have the rhythm section to move the song along or other musicians to add variety melody-wise. It is a very intimate musical experience for both you and for the audience. For me, playing solo is the “real deal”.
For me, playing acoustic guitar is more real than playing electric guitar. It is just you and the guitar. There are no amps or pedals. What you see is exactly what you get and hear. When you hold the acoustic or resonator to your body and play, you can feel the guitar and the strings resonate and vibrate. It’s as though the guitar is part of you. All the music is coming from your heart, fingers, body, and emotions. For me it is a total and direct connection to the instrument and the music.
cdl - why are you called "The Doctor of the Blues"
Fans gave me the name "Doctor of the Blues" because of the approach I take to the blues. The blues is a healing music and I play the blues to heal myself as well as to provide the healing sounds to the audience. I was initially called the "Doctor of the Blues" by a fan in Kingston, Ontario many years ago. As I was playing at a local pub I noticed a young man staring intently at me and smiling. After the set was over I approached him and thanked him for coming to the gig. He told me that he had been seriously depressed, did not feel very good about himself, and that after hearing and seeing me play he felt better about himself. He decided things weren’t really all that bad for him, and saw that there is still passion and caring in the world. He said I healed him, called me the "Doctor of the Blues" and the name stuck. The interesting thing is that he did not know that I had a Ph.D. in Psychology.
EnD of Interview...
Peter Lang - Keep Your Hands Off Her b/w Guitar Rag - Testament
Tail Dragger - My Head is Bald
Queen Sylvia - I Know I ain't Number One
Vance Kelly - Why You Hurt Me So Bad
Robin Rogers - Yesterday's Blues b/w What We Are Worth - Back From the Fire
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