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 #76232  by tcsned
 Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:34 am
I think what attracted me to the Mutron III for this kind of music was that it kind of has a muted trumpet sound. One of the first records I ever listened to was an old 45 of my dad's of someone playing "St. James Infirmary Blues" on trumpet (I think the guy's name was Jonah Jones or something like that). It left and impression on me.
 #78006  by JonnyBoy
 Fri Apr 16, 2010 1:29 am
Clarksdale is about an hour or so. In the land of endless cotton fields and catfish ponds that's almost up the street! Yes the blues is in the air and water around here. I loved it when I first moved here from Atlanta via Denver 11 years ago, I would go to open mic blues jams which were like the fillmore East with allmans, fleetwood mac, santana and the dead all playing together at once without plan by the end of the night. The old black guys here were born with it in their blood, actually learning and swapping licks from our hero's like Howlin wolf, Lightning Hopkins, BB King etc.. along the way. GOD they can sing. That's where my jealousy lies. They've lived the blues. I feel fortunate to have picked some of their brains. Some of these place have closed since then, the blues scene is becoming more Affluent as the African American's that were once poor and socially stunted by the South's economic segregation are now doctors, Lawyers, Politicians etc...The famous Subway is still there, and still authentic, but the clubs aren't like they were, not as intimate, small and warm. The Subway doesn't do open Mic anymore either. Its the only place these old guys really like to informally play, and they have dibbs. The casino's are popular now too, which a few blues songs sing about. They're everywhere now! Its thinned the crowd and spread us all out. The crowd is ALWAYS different there, and the old blues guys make 10 times as much playing pre arranged "CC Ryder" over and over. When you walk into a blues club with your axe and the music stops because your the only white guy there, I know i'm in the right place. I got to play too, they wanted to hear what the white boy's got! I haven't done that in a few years though. I am now in a blues/southern/dead/jazz fusion thing now, and we are still a young band. We have only had a few gigs with each other, but we are different and it sounds great, IMO. If you make it down here, you may want to hit the big easy, you'll drive by my house. Stop in for a beer, coke, Mt.Dew whatever. Oh, and bring your axe!!! -Jon :cool: