Henry and I hope you will join us this Saturday night at 11 as we unleash a great show that features some artists that don’t usually get their due for their contributions to the blues.
As many of us remember (or have a vague recollection) the ‘60’s were a turbulent era with many different voices shouting many different slogans. It was a time where humanity was at a Crossroads and trying to find a direction home.
It was a time when the music led a generation, and a time when many people discovered that the blues were for everybody. Many musicians experimented with the blues as that was the basis for rock and roll. Many artists adapted the blues to fit their own needs (I’m looking at you Led Zepplin), and more than a few succeeded in using the blues to make a powerful statement.
So this weekend, we’re going to look at some great crossover acts from that time. Henry loves doing this stuff and he has found several acts that we think you will enjoy. First up is Creedence Clearwater Revival. It’s not so much of a stretch to think that the swamp tinged CCR, the guys who gave us Proud Mary, have some blues in their soul. We’ve got a smattering of songs from them that you might not realize they recorded, but you’re definitely going to want to check them out.
We’ve also got a collaboration between three legendary guitarists: Eric Clapton, John Mayall, and Mick Taylor. Speaking of trios, do you remember The Electric Flag? Mike Bloomfield formed the group after his time with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and he was joined by Barry Goldberg on keys and Buddy Miles on drums. There were several other members of the group that kind of rotated in and out, so technically they’re not a trio. Give it a rest, I needed a segue to mention that we’ve got a cut from them as well.
Another trio (see how that keeps popping up) is the great power group Cream. Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker unleashed their take on blues on the world and turned on a lot of kids to the music. We’ve got three songs from them (all covers) that will rock you and make you boogie wherever you are.
One relic from the sixties that stayed on the shelf for a number of years was a pet project of the Rolling Stones, The Rock And Roll Circus. They had a collection of great acts such as Jethro Tull, Marianne Faithful, and The Who. They also had bluesman Taj Mahal and we’ve got a selection from him, as well as the Dirty Mac Band which was comprised of John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards on bass, and drummer Mitch Mitchell from the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
The Rolling Stones will also join us with one of their blues numbers and you won’t want to miss that. Or Mr. Bob Dylan either, who will close out the show with a very nice early number.
So do what you need to do to stay up late – we’ll definitely make it worth your while. Slip into your bell bottoms, put on your granny glasses, dig out your old peace sign buttons, and groove to one of the greatest decades of music.
It’s all on 88.9 WCVE or online at ideastions.org, where it’s always Time For The Blues!