Sonny Landreth, Taylor’s Rock from Hound Dog Taylor: A Tribute, 1997, on Alligator Records, featuring cover versions of Taylor’s songs by Luther Allison, Elvin Bishop, Cub Koda (with Taylor’s band, the HouseRockers), Gov’t Mule, Sonny Landreth, and others.
It’s hard to believe that music can get any better than this. I mean seriously. How is that even possible?
When I heard this I was wondering what it sounded like. The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skinyrd came to mind. The music also has a Southern sound to it, and Landreth was from New Orleans. His music is called something like Bayou Blues Rock.
I thought more and it reminded me also of ZZ Top, a legendary band from my high school days. ZZ Top also played blues rock with a Southern tinge to it. It’s excellent music.
This is real blues, in this case blues rock. Sonny Landreth was a legendary blues rock guitarist who played slide guitar that I had never heard of before.
He played with Eric Clapton and Johnny Winter, and his music sounds like both of theirs. After all, both of them play the slide guitar, and so did the late Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers, dead too soon at 24. Slide guitar is a difficult way to play guitar using a metal slide as the fret instead of your fingers. It produces a very nice sound, and sometimes I think it is better than the sound of an ordinary guitar.
Now if any of you out here hate Black people, well, whatever. That’s for you and Black folks to sort out. It’s not my problem. I’m not here to be a moralfag. I’m not your Mom, your pastor, or the Thought Police. That’s a moral problem, between you and your God if you still even have one.
But if you love rock and roll, could you please leave the great Black blues musicians out of it? It’s the least you can do. They birthed your favorite music after all. Rock and roll came from the blues, and the blues is Black music, created by American Blacks.
A later form of it in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s went into rhythm and blues, a direct precursor to rock and roll. At one time I had a number of those old pre-rock albums from that period. Most of the performers were Black. The vinyl was very hard to find, and many were actually 78 rpm records. Ever heard of those?
That’s some rockin’ stuff, a very special kind of music. If you get a chance you might want to check that stuff out and pay homage to the Black parents of your favorite music.