This is the latest from The Bluesmobile’s C.C. Rider, who spends her life venerating the founding fathers of the blues. She’s walked the crooked highways of this singing country to resurrect the voices of the past. With the dirt of the Delta on her hands, she sleeps in the shadow of the giants on whose shoulders popular music now stands.
(14 May 1943 – 25 October 2014)
You know the songs. Sunshine of your Love, White Room. And you know the band right? Cream? Well do you know who wrote ‘em, who sang ‘em? I’ll give you a hint. It wasn’t Eric Clapton. Nope, Clapton sang a couple tracks, but the real lead singer, and the main songwriter for the British super group Cream was Jack Bruce. One of the most gifted and imaginative bass players ever. And no slouch on harmonica either. Yeah, he brought the blues to the masses and helped change rock n’ roll. But he never saw himself as a bluesman or a rock star. Nope, Jack Bruce was a classically trained cellist and composer, who really wanted to play Jazz.
I come from a musical family. My mother was a really good singer, folk singer. My father was a drummer and piano player.And I was singing from very young four or something like that. Started singing eventually started playing piano then cello then I got a composition to the Royal Academy Of Music where I studied composition and cello but I didn’t like that because it was very hidebound and strict. I wanted to play jazz so I dropped out and the rest is history.