mike,

white people don't have the right to enjoy the blues?

white people don't have the right to play the music they love to listen to?

white people shouldn't be allowed to play the blues in public?


there's a huge difference between imitation and emulation!

when playing the blues you are obliged to tip your hat to the musical lineage that has contributed to the evolution of the style, but that in no way means that you can't "throw your own voice in there".

in fact if you don't throw your own voice in there you are failing to grasp the true meaning of blues improvisation.

i suspect that the bluesmen you were playing with were giving you dirty looks because you jumped genres. in order to play the blues, you have to respect it for what it is, not try to change it into something it's not.

playing the blues is only the "same old tired shit" if you play it with a "same old tired shit" attitude. a player with imagination and feeling can make the conventions contained in the blues idiom sound fresh and "born anew" each time s/he plays.

no matter what their skin color.

7

and george carlin can french kiss my lame white motherfucking ass.
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