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Author: Don Wilcock
Don Wilcock started writing about blues for the Army Reporter in Vietnam before there were any American blues magazines. He's edited five different blues magazines and interviewed 4000 artists. He's vowed to be the last blues journalist standing.
The variety of styles of all these artists who guest on this album says something significant about Dion’s own eclecticism and underlines his already well established 66-year legacy
Conversations with iconic duo Larry and Teresa are like an open jam where two guitarists vamp off each other, or a first date where a couple clicks and both people know and trust the time together is magic.
If Woody Guthrie captured the heart of the working man’s lot in life and foreshadowed “the folk scare” of the early ’60s, then Arlo Guthrie gave warmth, humor and an Everyman perspective that reached a much larger demographic with his style and youthful exuberance.
Jorma is perhaps the most unassuming rock icon I’ve ever interviewed. Not only did The Jefferson Airplane bring psychedelic music of the ’60s to a wider audience than The Grateful Dead scored for more than a decade to come, but Jorma’s work with Hot Tuna opened a door to folk fans that Dylan had first explored when he went electric.
The Animals’ “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” became the unofficial theme song for all who were caught up in the mandatory draft and sent to Vietnam. Country Joe and the Fish’s “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-to-Die Rag” captured the anger of a generation caught in the net of war.
Tab is homegrown, but his dexterity on guitar is needle-sharp, and his rapport with an audience likewise in need of musical therapy was nothing less impressive than what I’d expect from an Apollo Theater crowd on a hot Saturday night in Harlem.