Police Dog Blues

 More good fun these past couple of weeks! For the past 6 weks I have been teaching a class called "Master of Early Blues Guitar," and in preparation for the final week of the class I subjected the jammers to my renditions of a couple of Blind Blake songs. Blind Blake recorded about 80 sides for Paramount records between 1926-32. He apparently passed away in 1934 in Wisconsin. Little is known about him except that he left behind some incredible recordings that showcased a  great guitar talent. His style emulated the ragtime piano playing of the era, which featured a syncopated bass pattern played by his right hand thumb and beautiful melodic instrumental phrases that spoke of both joy and sadness.
Blake's music has inspired many guitarists, including Ry Cooder and Jorma Kaukonen. 
The Blake songs we played on Saturday were "Chump Man Blues" and "Police Dog Blues." Here is a link to a youtube link for "Police Dog Blues."

Note: we will conitnue to have jams through out December. Come on down and join us!

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