TBT Let's Talk Turntable: Muddy Waters
It’s Thursday and that means we are going way way back in the vinyl collection. The first installment for my #TBT is Electric Mud by Muddy Waters.
Back in the early 00’s I will admit that I got caught up in the pop, shitty “hip-hop” and rap scene. I had more than one Ja Rule and Nelly album (I know I am rapidly losing credibility with you all - stick with me here).
One Christmas I received a harmonica with a cassette tape and instructional book. I became obsessed and since Ja Rule or Nelly didn’t have any sweet harmonica licks in their songs I had to look elsewhere. I had to learn about the blues. The Internet was new then, Pandora and Spotify didn’t exist - I didn't want to wait eight hours to download one MP3 file off of Napster with a dial-up connection.
Where does one go to learn about the blues? I wasn’t sure so I went to FYE and bought a bunch of CDs. I bought B.B. King, Blues compilations, John Lee Hooker and I happened to also grab Muddy’s 1977 album King of the Electric Blues.
Holy freakin’ shit. I was hooked from the moment I put that CD in my three-disk JVC stereo system and pressed play. I didn’t want to listen to anything else, I had to learn and listen to everything that was the blues.
The blues is the foundation for all the music that we love today. Without it, we don’t have soul, funk, rock and roll or British rock. I want to keep this post short so I am not going to get into the history of the blues and how it is a direct linked to Western African music and started in America on southern plantations via the slave trade. Then made it’s way up the Mississippi River to Chicago.
If you are a fan of contemporary bands like The Black Keys listen to the two links below let me know if you think The Keys can exist without Muddy Waters and his contemporaries: