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12’ Bar Ramblin’ #59 ‘More Detroit Blues’ with Stefan Matussek

4 May 2021

While not as influential and well known as Chicago blues, the not too distant Detroit blues scene still had a lot to offer. It acted almost as a precursor to the former and gave rise to legends such as John Lee Hooker and Big Maceo Merriweather. Stylistically there is also not much differentiating it from its Midwest counterparts: electric instrumentation and piano featured prominently playing a less-intense interpretation of the delta blues from which it stems. The Detroit blues scene was one of the many urban blues scenes that came about as a result of the second Great Migration of African-Americans after WWII.  

Playlist

Sugar Cane Highway - Playboy Fuller
I Been Down In the Circle Before - Sampson Pittman
Welfare Blues - Calvin Frazier
Bad Lover Blues - Baby Boy Warren
Low Down Midnite Boogie - John Lee Hooker
Stop Messin' Around - Walter Mitchell
Looking for My Woman - Joe Von Battle
I Need 100 Dollars - One String Sam
Hastings Street Opera (Part 2) - Detroit Count
Where Did You Stay Last Night - Eddie Burns
Gone Down the RIver - L.C. Green
Highway 61 Blues - Sampson Pittman
Prison Bound Blues - John Lee Hooker
Strange Man - John Brim Combo
Mozelle - Andre Williams
If Trouble Was Money - Mr. Bo
Orange Driver - Eddie Burns
Tootsie Roll - Joe Weaver, Johnnie Bassett & New Blue Note Orchestra
Chains of Love - Alberta Adams
I Believe (Everything Gonna Be Alright) - Thornetta Davis
New Buryin' Ground - The Grace Machine
I Wish I Did What I Said - Brandon Isaak
King of the Swamp I - David & the Devil

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