I don't know anything about leadbellly, but you have my interest peaked. Can you recommend a good album to get me started?
Yeah, but lyrics do mean a lot - unfortunately they aren't lightning's strong point - although he had some old song called "cadillac blues" that was pretty fun. And it you ever heard his version of "Corrina, Corrina" - it's really great; only a slight second, imo, to Bob Dylan's emotional version on "Freewheeling."
Music is life. I know it sounds like a pepsi ad, but how bare this world would be without passionate music. Don't care if it's Albert Collins, Johnny Rotten, Nick Drake, Don Mclean, Mozart. **** the bible and gods and tv . Give me music, and I'm reminded that I'm alive and that human beings can be the most beautiful things in the universe sometimes.
And those links that you put up, soc - thanks a lot - but lightnin' has much better stuff. Maybe he got better as he got older (don't we all
) -- Wish I could remember the name of the album that turned me on to lignting. I know it was one of his last. But he's got some amazing accoutic tracks. Not complex, but just haunting. Don, if you can help me out to find them, it'll be much appreciated.
And of course, don't forget T-bone Walker. I had a live album of him playing in Europe, and I loaned it to musician I knew. Well, I said "loan." He must have heard "it's a present for you." What a friggin' mistake.