I usually like my blues electric and noisy, but Eric Bibb’s quieter style of folk blues recently grabbed my ear and shows no inclination to let go. The “Booker” in this song is Booker White, aka Bukka White (1906-1977), whose old National steel guitar recently came into Bibb’s possession. The song served as the springboard for Bibb’s latest recording.
How about another song?
It goes without saying that White himself should get the last word on this post:
I knew film critic Roger Ebert had been battling serious health issues (namely, the loss of his lower jaw to cancer) for some time, but this Esquire piece really lays it out in detail. Ebert himself seems of two minds about the revelations. And here is Ebert speaking again for the first time in four years.
Yesterday (that is, Feb. 28) would have been John Fahey’s 71st birthday. Here, to mark the occasion, is a 1978 clip of the man playing “Candy Man” for a German television broadcast. And because there can never be too many times to sing the praises of one of America’s most original composers and musicians, here’s a bunch more clips: