Thursday, August 14, 2008
Things to Do Before You Die: The Blues
If you’ve never seen good blues played well, in a live performance, you must! And if you’ve never seen one of the old-time bluesmen play, you must! Sadly, there aren’t many of those guys around anymore, so it’s time to get cracking. I was fortunate enough to see Buddy Guy at Wolf Trap last night, and he was amazing! (Here’s his tour schedule.) I’ve also seen B.B. King, and was lucky to see both Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker before they died. A dark, smoky bar on a lonely night is probably the best venue, but anywhere, live blues can shake your soul and wring it out until you think you can’t take it.