Two classic Hooker LPs, all digitally re-mastered, 22 solid slabs of dark, leathery, brooding nostalgia. This is the electric blues at its very roots. If there’s still anyone out there reading this magazine who hasn’t at least one Hooker album in their collection, then you’re still a long way from qualifying as a blues aficionado. So this is a good place to start. This stripped-bare, one man and a growling electric guitar (on most tracks) music is the stuff those guys who fled the south for the auto production lines in the north used to listen to.
In this lesson, John Renbourn presents a wide variety of fingerstyle arrangements from traditional ballads to country blues, from a Booker T. & the MGs rock instumental to the church hymn Abide With Me. All receive the special touches of John's unique playing, and are explained in detail with the help of split-screen video techniques that allow the student to clearly see and study what each hand is doing. Titles include: White House Blues, Judy, Anji, Watch the Stars, Lord Franklin, My Sweet Potato, Abide With Me and Great Dreams Come From Heaven.
In this double DVD set, I teach a wide array of folk blues arrangements. You will study playing in various tunings, i.e. Standard, Dropped D, DADGAD, Open D and Open C tunings. The songs range from popular blues and rags to old-time mountain ballads. All are taught phrase by phrase and the movements of both the left and right hands are clearly illustrated on the split screens. As an extra bonus, original old recordings from the 1920s and 1930s are included so that you can hear the roots from where these tunes derived.
The Rockin' Johnny Band's latest independent release "More Real Folk Blues" was recorded live at Chicago's intimate club B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted. This CD features Rockin' Johnny's trademark incisive, true-Chicago style guitar playing that marked his first two releases on the Delmark label. This band shines in front of a crowd and you can feel the excitement when you listen to this recording. Also featured as a special guest is Howlin Wolf's longtime saxman/bandleader Eddie Shaw. This CD is a blues guitar lovers dream with songs in the style of Earl Hooker, Magic Sam, Hip Linkchain, and Jimmy Dawkins.