One simply cannot talk about people of importance to this genre without tipping the hat to the most masterful musician, teacher, musicologist, producer, folklorist and preservationist of the traditional blues. By now, Stefan Grossman is a venerated, iconoclastic and respected acoustic blues figure of mega-proportions. He came out of the vibrant Greenwich Village, New York, 1960s scene around Washington Square, where so many American folk and blues musicians launched their careers. His friend and occasional collaborator, Steve Katz, formerly of the Even Dozen Jug Band, the Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears, once half jokingly told this writer: “There we were, all these New York Jews playing the black blues.” Indeed, the blues had a strong influence on young New Yorkers during the folk revival. These musicians, Stefan Grossman, Happy & Artie Traum, Danny Kalb, and many others, in turn had a powerful influence on the acceptance of the blues by the American baby boomer generation at large; and, they significantly helped to launch the folk, roots & blues revival, thereby reinvigorating the careers of many original blues musicians whose careers had waned.
Many people know Stefan Grossman as the paramount teacher and entrepreneur in what has become the world’s largest “blues school”, Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop. He is one of the most skilled guitarists in the genre, having been a student of Rev. Gary Davis in New York City. He also picked up lessons directly from Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Skip James, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and others.
The more you play the guitar the better you'll become and the more fun and enjoyment you'll have. When I asked Rev. Gary Davis when and how I should practice on my guitar his answer was clear. He told me to play first thing in the morning and then last thing at night. He said I should keep my guitar out of its case so that I could play it whenever I wanted. The message was to play and enjoy yourself.
This collection of blues, jug band tunes, rags and novelty songs should present you with hours, weeks, months and even years of enjoyment and challenges. The arrangements vary from easy to difficult.
The tunes presented include: Going To Germany, Walk Right In, My Money Never Runs Out, Cocaine Habit Blues, KC Moan, Stealin', Stealin', You May Leave, Mississippi River Waltz, He's In The Jailhouse Now, Show Me The Way To Go Home, Guitar Stomp, Mississippi Blues, Blues For The Mann, Shine On Harvest Moon, Creole Belles - March & Two Step, The Teddy Bears' Picnic, Nola, Dallas Rag, At A Georgia Camp Meeting, St. Louis Tickle, Mabel's Dream, Powder Rag and Silver Swan
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