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.
This solo guitar album by Stefan Grossman was first released in 1976. This is the first time it is available on an enhanced CD. The songs recorded have either been composed or greatly influenced by Black musicians from the early 1900s. Stefan has always been amazed about this period of music and how relevant it still is. You cannot escape its influence on today's rock and pop music. One is always confronted by these Black echoes and roots. Likewise the guitar techniques that 20th century Black musicians used are inescapable in today's recorded and performed music.
Track Listing: (click on tracks for mp3 sound samples)
1. Tribute to Blind Lemon *
2. Oh Babe, Ain't No Lie *
3. Mabel's Dream *
4. Heliotrope Bouquet *
5. Turn Your Money Green *
6. John Henry
7. Glory of Love *
8. Medley: My Creole Belle */Katz Rag *
9. The Entertainer *
10. Down South Blues
11. Mississippi Swamp March Number Two *
Those tunes marked with a star (*) are included in the tab/music PDF booklet on this CD.You will need Adobe Acrobat (a free download) to open and print this file from your computer.