Down and Dirty with G. Love: Getting Down with the Delta Blues

July 05 ,2011

The first time I heard the Delta Blues was from a John Hammond record called Country Blues.

It was 1987, I was in my room with my best friend and we had hit up this great record store in Philly called 3rd St Jazz and Rock. I was searching for someone that played solo acoustic guitar and harmonica other than Bob Dylan or Neil Young. The man at the store brought out that old John Hammond record and I took it home.

I will never forget the moment when the needle of my Panasonic record player hit the wax and the thumping sounds of John Hammond performing “Statesboro Blues” came through the speakers. I was hooked. That was one of the great musical epiphanies of my life. It was like I had been searching my whole musical life to find this sound, and here it was. This scratchy old record circa-1963 was about to change my whole world.

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