“Most of what [people] hear ain’t for real. They’re used to some phony shit. This ain’t no phony thing.” – Bobby Rush
Fifteen interviews. Two decades of blues.
The Interviews: Blues Encounters 2000-2020 is a collection of candid uncut conversations with blues musicians past and present. Some, like B.B. King, are household names. Others – including blues harp master Paul deLay and Clarksdale, Mississippi’s “dark genius” Watermelon Slim – have been widely overlooked. The 265-page paperback gives readers the inside story in the artists’ own words, helping to enrich and deepen our understanding of the blues.
Starting off with a casual give-and-take with the three members of the Holmes Brothers in a German bar in Y2K, the interviews move through two decades of contemporary blues, concluding with an in-depth conversation with bluesrocker Walter Trout during the politically charged summer of 2020. While nearly all the interviews were done on assignment for various blues publications, they have never appeared before anywhere in the raw, uncensored Q&A versions found here.
Each interview is accompanied by a short personal introduction by the author as he recalls his interactions with these very different musical personalities. A separate section includes biographical sketches of each artist, providing background info, career milestones, etc.
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