“The blues can stir your soul and relax it too…. Once the blues gets you, it doesn’t let go. And you don’t want it to…” Nat Hentoff, from the Foreword
The blues, one of America’s singular contributions to the world’s cultural heritage, is experiencing explosive popularity, thanks to the sound-enhancing technology of the compact disc. In answer to the ever-burgeoning needs of neophytes and aficionados alike, noted music writer Frank-John Hadley has put together this indispensable guide to the blues on CD.
With its five-star rating system and pithy reviews of more than seven hundred recent and reissued recordings, The Grove Press Guide to the Blues on CD separates the poetry from the dross, taking measure of the various blues styles. With great respect yet an unforgiving eye for artifice, Hadley gives the word on everyone from Blind Lemon Jefferson to Muddy Watters, Bessie Smith, Koko Taylor, and youngbloods like Robert Cray and Stevie Ray Vaughan. This guide is guaranteed to make any reader’s trip to the music store more fun, more informed and more rewarding.