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The Blues 3 Different Ways

The Blues 3 Different Ways

Playing tracks by

Memphis Minnie, Bettye Lavette and O.V. Wright.

Chart positions

This upload was 41st in the #blues chart.

As another of the greats leaves us (RIP BB King) & the recent tribute sets appear, I find myself finally ready to do that Country Blues mix I had in me.

In his definitive version of the blues staple, Leavin' Trunk, Taj Mahal sings about “having the blues 3 different ways." So, too, here we have original Country Blues both acoustic & electrified, by both the original artists & Black Blues Revivalists; a 3rd category includes both white hommage and R&B. The party starts off with 1940s Memphis Minnie & then her niece & nephew, Ethel & George McCoy from East St. Louis, bring us up to the late 60s; from there we ride with Taj Mahal, the first of the Black Blues Revivalists I ever heard & likely the best of a movement that later featured Keb’ Mo & Robert Cray, who also make appearances on this session. The Allstars of Charlottesville, VA turn in a worthy version of the Etta James classic, Tell Mama.

For the scholars among you, the full set-list is posted at