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“When I’m reaching an audience, I feel it.” –Hubert Sumlin
In 1970 Cocker was given only nine days to put together a band for his upcoming tour. Up against the wall and without a band, he turned to his friend Leon Russell for help.
Most people see Leonard Cohen as a composer, a singer, a writer, a poet, an artist, and a painter. In actuality, he was all of those, but truly, he was an explorer who mapped the human condition.
Now some of you might be raising your eyebrows in surprise and thinking “A blues album from Willie Nelson? Really?” Yes, friends, he really did put out a blues album, and why not?
Seeing Howlin’ Wolf perform was not an experience soon to be forgotten.
The essence greatness in this early rockabilly and rock and roll music was its raw, gritty, earthy simplicity. It was as though a raw nerve had been exposed.
“If you don’t know the blues… there’s no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music.”
The line “Every junkie is like a setting Sun” is one of the truest, most accurate lines ever written in music of the modern era.
At 90 years young, Chuck Berry is still not finished writing his story, and an astonishing tale it is.
Taken together, these two albums are a remarkable representation of this incredible lineup of legendary musicians. They show just how advanced they were even before they went on to other groups including the first incarnation of Fleetwood Mac.