That's right. Muddy Waters told us of Blues' baby, Rock and Roll, way back. It is interesting these days, as a musician in my mid 50s, to realize that my historical music references have jelled into a sort of genome web like my own internal Pandora. I have noticed for some time that my peers, playing blues and rock and roots, have a tendency to be pretty peppy and play at a speed familiar to me. Recently, I was listening to some older 70s rock and was reminded that it is by no surprise that I got hooked on the blues at such a young age. It was at the root of everything we listened to. Tommy Bolan, James Gang, Aerosmith, The Stones...., on and on. We all seemed to play all of that at a picked up tempo that remains with most of the players I know from those days. Oh well. Ain't nothin' new in this world I guess.
Lately it's been heartening to see all of the different venues offering live music around town. In a time where the country is wringing hands and gnashing teeth over the economy, we seem to be seeing an increase in live music available on the entire western slope of Colorado. We see new venues opening in Montrose- Sam's and Belly's - Paonia still has a decent number of shows happening, as well as in Cedaredge at Starr's Guitars and next door. We are excited to see Lipbone Redding at Weavers in GJ this coming Monday night! James Williams at Raindance Promotions has done it again!