Topic: Blues CDs in Stores / Big Responsibility
Here's something that really bothers me.
I was out yesterday for a couple of hours and dropped in at a couple of Best Buys and another couple of decent record stores to check out some other blues cd's (all of my Joe Bonamassa CDs are coming from Amazon shortly).
It was unbelievable - you see row after row after row of pop/rock, hip-hop, rap, dance music - you want a Justin Timberlake cd - you got it - feel like listening to Christin Aquilera tonite - no problem..!!
But if you blink, you'll miss the ONE skinny little section (it's about 6" wide and about 12" long) that constitutes the blues section. And if you're looking for anything other than BB King, for example, forget it - you're out of luck.
I was thinking about this in relation to some comments I saw Joe making about the blues and its status as a uniquely American musical genre.
You know, you look at BB King - he's 80 now and not getting any younger - Buddy Guy is getting up there in age - John Lee Hooker is dead - Albert King's been dead for many years now and you start to think that guys like Joe and many of his peers have this huge responsibility to try and carry on from these legendary players.
I've always thought that guys like BB King, for example, as great as he is, is nothing more than a 'caretaker" of the blues - he was simply carrying on the tradition laid down by guys like T Bone Walker and Robert Johnsonh, who were simply carrying on the tradition set down by guys like Charlie Patton and Blind Lemon Jefferson, for example.
And now Joe and a whole new generation have the responsibility fo taking the blues well into the 21st century. But this incredible music is obviously having difficulties competing with rap and hip hop and dance music, for example.
I'm a banker - I'm in finance. I understand the relationship between supply and demand. And I understand only too well that music stores are allocating tiny little sections of their floor space to blues because there's very little demand for product.
I'm not only a fan on Joe's music, but I'm also very impressed with his on-going work to continue to promote this great musical genre and to try and reach out to a whole new generation of kids to listen to this music.
I swear to God, if my 18 month old son, Brandon, grows up loving dance music - and hating blues, I'm going to auction him off on EBAY
Thanks for letting me vent.!