just getting in on this Kafka, good job
I've thought it would be a good radio series to compare many of these original versions to popular remakes that people don't even know are remakes.
What led me into bluesology was realizing where Clapton, Zeppelin, ZZ Top, etc were getting their songs from. Not pre WW2 but even more influential to the advent of modern rock was John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, etc
Dunno if covered already but Lonnie Johnson (1899-1970 born in Nawlins) is who I would call the father of what we call lead guitar today. Before him guitar was used for virtually only rhythm. enjoy Lonnie
My other favorite pre WW2 guitarist is T Bone Walker (1910-1975), started in Dallas and became kinda a father to the L.A. Jazz Blues Sound. Perhaps the first great showman as a lead player. Writer of 'Stormy Monday'! T-Bone Blues disc (1959) is in my Top Ten albums of alltime all genres enjoy T-Bone
Lead Belly- every Louisianian should know this music pioneer 1888-1949. As interesting of a life as his music was influential. On wiki I saw this-
Lead Belly has been covered by Delaney Davidson, Tom Russell, Lonnie Donegan, The Beach Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Elvis Presley, Abba, Pete Seeger, The Weavers, Harry Belafonte, Frank Sinatra, Ram Jam, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Dr John, Ry Cooder, Grateful Dead, Gene Autry, Odetta, Billy Childish (who named his son Huddie), Mungo Jerry, Paul King, Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison, Michelle Shocked, Tom Waits, Scott H. Biram, Ron Sexsmith, British Sea Power, Rod Stewart, Ernest Tubb, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The White Stripes, The Fall, The Doors, Smog, Old Crow Medicine Show, Spiderbait, Meat Loaf, Ministry, Raffi, Rasputina, Rory Gallagher, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Deer Tick, Hugh Laurie, X, Bill Frisell, Koerner, Ray & Glover, Nirvana, Mark Lanegan, and WZRD, among many others.
There's a not so easy to find movie of his life ('Leadbelly') made in the mid 70's. interesting 1935 newsreel of him one of his best known some might recognize this from this
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