That’s what I am, a Delta blues man. And now I’m considered the king of the Delta blues.
~Johnny Shines (1989 Living Blues Interview)
Best known as a traveling companion of Robert Johnson, Johnny Shines’ own contributions to the blues have often been unfairly shortchanged, simply because Johnson’s own legend casts such a long shadow. In his early days, Shines was one of the top slide guitarists in Delta blues, with his own distinctive, energized style; one that may have echoed Johnson’s spirit and influence, but was never a mere imitation.
~Steve Huey (allmusic.com)
…The band was refreshed, and excited about the concert being recorded and filmed. Dylan delivers a power house performance. If you are a fan of the christian material, this is not to be missed. If you love to hear Dylan pouring his heart and soul into the show… this is the one.
FANTASTIC concert from the “Third Gospel Tour”.
Concert # 4 of the Third Gospel Tour
Gospel concert # 54
1980 concert # 28
Massey Hall Toronto, Ontario, Canada 20 April 1980
I went to the crossroad, fell down on my knees I went to the crossroad, fell down on my knees Asked the Lord above “Have mercy, save poor Bob, if you please”
Yeoo, standin’ at the crossroad, I tried to flag a ride Standin’ at The Crossroads, I tried to flag a ride Ain’t nobody seem to know me, everybody pass me by
Favorite album? I think the Robert Johnson album. I listen to that quite a bit still.
~Bob Dylan (Rockline Interview June 1985)
You want to know how good the blues can get? Well, this is it. ~Keith Richards (about Robert Johnson)
“Cross Road Blues” is a blues song written and recorded by American blues artist Robert Johnson in 1936. It is a solo performance in the Delta blues-style with Johnson’s vocal accompanied by his acoustic slide guitar. Although its lyrics do not contain any specific references, the song has become part of the Robert Johnson mythology as referring to the place where he supposedly sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his musical talents
It’s time to move to the next decade; the eighties.
The decade that gave us “Saved, ““Shot Of Love”, “Infidels”, “Empire Burlesque”, “Knocked Out Loaded”, “Down in the Groove”, “Oh Mercy”… and some very important outtakes; Blind Willie McTell, Caribbean Wind, Dignity, Series Of Dreams, Angelina & The Groom’s Still Waiting At The Altar.
Mark Lavon “Levon” Helm , was an American rock multi-instrumentalist and actor who achieved fame as the drummer and frequent lead and backing vocalist for The Band.
Helm was known for his deeply soulful, country-accented voice, and creative drumming style highlighted on many of The Band’s recordings, such as “The Weight”, “Up on Cripple Creek”, “Ophelia” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”.
“The Mountain.” (written by Steve Earle) From Levon Helm’s album “Dirt Farmer.” Photographs by Lewis Hine. Levon’s distinct vocal and forceful performance really shines in this wonderful interpretation (audio only):
I’d rather be the devil, to be that woman man I’d rather be the devil, to be that woman man Aw, nothin’ but the devil, changed my baby’s mind Was nothin’ but the devil, changed my baby’s mind
~Skip James (Devil Got My Woman)
Coupling an oddball guitar tuning set against eerie, falsetto vocals, James’ early recordings could make the hair stand up on the back of your neck.
~Cub Koda (allmusic.com)
Skip James (June 9, 1902 – October 3, 1969) was an AmericanDelta bluessinger. He is regarded by most blues writers as an very important artist.
He is one of 3 blues artists to featured in Wim Wenders great documentary film The Soul of a Man (2003).