Tuesday, March 26, 2013

j.b.

what it is: j.b. lenoir
where i found it: texas radio

One of my favorite blues guys of all time is J.B, Lenoir. His playing seems simple, but has a lot of interesting twists and turns. His lyrics are often political, but seem innocent and heavy at the same time. Nobody knows who the hell he is even though he has Willie Dixon singing backup and Chicago super drummer Fred Below (apparently pronounced "bee-low") laying down the drums on his tracks. He died like a rock star in an auto accident. John Mayall wrote a stupid song about him. You can actually understand what he says when he sings. He can give you chills. His record company seems to have made him make a stupid video wearing a zebra coat.  His Vietnam Blues and Alabama Blues albums should not be missed. Here's an uplifting example of his work called Born Dead. That's all.