slide guitar & singing Slim Harpo's "Shake
Your Hips" in 2004 in Baton Rouge (Slim's home town). Slide work
is pretty percussive on this one, but a bit more delicate on the Fred McDowell medley, below. This is in the Weekend
put on by the local music store. You
to an organizing meeting, form into a band, rehearse for 8 weeks, and
then play at a local club. We turned down all the agents offering us
record contracts ... and it was lots of fun!
"Fred McDowell Medley"
...playing slide guitar on a medley of Fred McDowell songs, through Bonnie Raitt, in 2003 in Baton Rouge. I had the opportunity to meet and play with Fred in 1971 when he came to my college for a concert. I was assigned to shepherd him around for the day, and we sat together for a couple hours with two guitars and he tried to show me how to play slide his way. I say "tried" because I didn't really get it till a couple years later. Later that evening, I was able to sit in with him on harmonica in a small jam session. It was a wonderful experience!
Sorry the video quality here is a bit rough...
...playing harp & singing
Charlie Musselwhite's "Pistol
in your Face."
Not a happy theme, but a great beat...
on Little Walter's "Juke" in
2004 in Baton Rouge. Walter said this was just his opening number when
he'd start a set, & it was always different. Said he got his ideas
on this from the big bands of the 40s. I think it's interesting to listen
to it as a big band piece rather than a Chicago blues. A challenge to take
on the most important harp recording in the Chicago canon.