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.
featuring Buster B. Jones, Stefan Grossman & John Miller
Titles include: Guitarville, Wild Turkey, Walk In The Park, Just Us, Back Porch Boogie, The Prelude, Funky Fingers, The Buster B. Boogie, Fingers In Flight, Au Revoir Mon Ami, Live At Five and Pierpaolo
Titles include: Candyman, Twelve Sticks, I'm Satisfied, You Got The Pocketbook I Got The Key, Special Rider Blues, Blues For The Mann, Just A Closer Walk With Thee and Glory of Love
Titles include: Bye Bye Blackbird, Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me, Mistreating Mama Blues, Shake 'em On Down, Jailhouse Blues, Easy Rider Blues, Rocks and Gravel, Hey There, The Nearness of You
Running Time: 103 minutes
Review: I thought originally, that all three might be discussing music and ideas together and performing and sharing tunes together. But all are treated seperately. This is quite ok. Buster comes first and I knew nothing of him to begin with. He's an absolute machine of course and very interesting particularly his Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed demo. Wonder if Buster is familiar with our incredible machine from Australia ie. Tommy Emannuel