Over at my favorite Facebook group, I just saw that Third Man Records is re-issuing the Document collections of pre-war artists like Charley Patton, The Mississippi Sheiks, and Blind Willie McTell. Legal debates notwithstanding, it makes me glad to hear these recordings so clearly. I'm also grateful to Mr. White for using his considerable celebrity to champion this music. Check it out for yourself below!
I've heard various discussions about the state of the blues and its future. It's true that the genre is not as well-represented in the mainstream media as we'd like. I, for one, don't think it's in any danger... I didn't grow up in a blues-rich environment and it certainly found me. People have easier access to more kinds of media then ever before - I had to rely on CD liner notes, a weekly public radio, and a few well-timed cassette loans from school friends. I think as long as people like music, the blues will have its devotees.
As for the here & now, many blues musicians get frustrated when we see the same handful of rock cover bands (some of which are very good, mind you) playing the majority of gigs. Club owners like to decry the blues, saying "The kids don't like it." I can only speak for myself, but it seems to me that when they hear blues beyond the bar band blooze - music played with groove, fire, and originality - they really dig it and will follow it. So, folks, tell the management at your favorite watering hole to take a chance on the blues!
Well, I've messed around with a few different themes and settled on this one. Pretty snazzy, huh? Looking forward to lots of good music in 2013. The Gerry Hundt Trio has some new venues already lined up, including 27LIVE in Evanston and Pikk's Tavern in Valparaiso. Of course, we're looking forward to seeing friends at Leroy's, Legends, and Knuckleheads as well. Be sure to check back here often as the calendar updates as gigs are booked.