King, who has a part in the upcoming Ray Charles biographic film
Unchain My Heart, calls The Blues series "an exciting celebration
of the music and the artists. They don't try to put it in a museum
or build some big graveyard for the blues."
Bill Wax says that King's music "isn't all for me, but every artist
takes risks. That's how the next generation is born. And let's face
it, you're not going to beat Muddy Waters. We had one Muddy Waters,
thank God. The younger artists need to take what they hear in Muddy
and take it on to what they think it should be."
Producer Alex Gibney emphatically agrees. "I hope this series
ignites a passion for this music. The more I get into the blues,
the more I discover how modern and contemporary the music is. And
you know something? My son, who usually plays Green Day and Rage
Against the Machine, has been playing Blind Willie Johnson
artist and photographer marc yankus has worked with tiffany
& co., the new york times, and the saturday evening
post. he recently photographed whoopi goldberg for the broadway
show ma rainey's black bottom poster.
want to build a blues library? here's some advice, and our humble
recommendations (all records available at large music stores or on
old-time blues artists typically recorded a song or two at a time,
rather than entire albums. those single tracks were later
catalogued into "best of" compilations.
king of the delta blues (sony) and the complete recordings
his best: 1947 to 1955 (mca) and at newport 1960 (mca)
his best (chess 50th anniversary collection)
the complete early recordings of skip james (yazoo)