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Music Blog  | Songwriting and Discovery

January 26, 2016

I’m a child of the 80s. Naturally, my ear has been bent towards a taste for slick production and playing.

 

As an only child, you don’t get much say or older-relative influence in the music you’re exposed to. On FM radio (AM until the late 80s for even the most adult contemporary stations) I was subliminally fed sweet harmony, chorused guitars and compressed walls of sound. I still love that today – Huey Lewis and the News, Little River Band, Hall and Oates, you name it.

 

So, I’m a little slower to warm up to music of the more ‘organic’  or raw-form kind.

 

With this, my earliest blues guitar heroes were Stevie Ray Vaughan, R...

January 26, 2016

 

Acoustic blues is a part of the blues that I’ve really only ever admired from afar. Being primarily an electric player, of course my heroes have held Stratocasters, Telecasters, 335s and Les Pauls.

 

But over the last couple of years I’ve been noticing the acoustic guys, especially those with gospel blues leanings. For some reason, the blues seems to become more significantly, well, bluesy, when filtered through or derived from the American church teachings from the first few decades of the 20th century. Yes, I know one obvious connection: the call and response of field workers and the solace found in the Bible at the tim...

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