Thursday, October 3, 2013

T-Bone Walker -- "In An Awful Mood/Goodbye Baby"

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This track is from the Fly Walker Airlines album that was recorded live at Montreux. The Year was 1972. And -- this is an album that is way too good to let go un-played. "In An Awful Mood/Goodbye Baby" is just an awsome tune ...
I love the authentic live feel and the way the band plays together instead against one another.  I have witnessed way too often that the musicians forget they are not soloists but members of a group. (Quite a few live concerts this summer had been spoiled by noisy drummers, for example, or overbearing base guitarists.) 
Well, that didn't happen when T-Bone Walker and a group of young musicians played at the Montreux jazz festival back in the day ...
It's Walker's only live album and definitely a gem. 

Aaron Thibeaux Walker was born in 1910 in Linden, Texas. Both parents were professional musicians. So, little Aaron inherited a double dose of musical genes. What he made of this gift has become legendary: he became the pioneer of urban blues. In the history of American music, he also has his place as the first musician who used the electric guitar.
Contrary to his contempories, he used the guitar not only to accompany his singing. He emancipated the instrument, so to speak, and placed it right there with the piano, horns, and other instruments of a band. To accomplish that, he needed the amplified sound of an electric guitar.
 By combining traditional techniques with the techniques only possible in the electric guitar , T-Bone Walker created a totally new form of the blues. The smooth, soft blues T-Bone played is a far cry from the original Delta blues, but it became the foundation many other blues men built their style upon.
The artist died 1975 in California. Linden, TX where he was born hosts an annual festival to honor him.


Raggedy recommends: GET The Album!




Aaron Thibeaux Walker was born in 1910 in Linden, Texas. Both parents were professional musicians. So, little Aaron inherited a double dose of musical genes. What he made of this gift has become legendary: he became the pioneer of urban blues. In the history of American music, he also has his place as the first musician who used the electric guitar.
Contrary to his contempories, he used the guitar not only to accompany his singing. He emancipated the instrument, so to speak, and placed it right there with the piano, horns, and other instruments of a band. To accomplish that, he needed the amplified sound of an electric guitar.
 By combining traditional techniques with the techniques only possible in the electric guitar , T-Bone Walker created a totally new form of the blues. The smooth, soft blues T-Bone played is a far cry from the original Delta blues, but it became the foundation many other blues men built their style upon.
The artist died 1975 in California. Linden, TX where he was born hosts an annual festival to honor him.



  You can listen to the full album on Youtube

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