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Old 01-27-2013, 01:44 PM   #1
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Any weird/offbeat old blues musicians I should hear?

I'm trying to learn blues so I've been downloading some of the standard blues - Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Leadbelly... But I was wondering, are there any old blues musicians who aren't so well known who might have been a bit freaky for their time? Something more weird or a bit sinister or something? I'm not expecting much, especially since so much music never got recorded back then, but just curious.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:26 PM   #2
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This one isn't right 'freaky', but it is part of ex-yugoslavia underground rock scene (which isn't really popular outside of ex-yugoslavia states).
I love the solos, tho, this is one of my favorite electric blues songs ever.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:38 PM   #3
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I like it! It sounds like it belongs in an epic scene of a drug fueled movie.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:28 AM   #4
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I'm trying to learn blues so I've been downloading some of the standard blues - Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Leadbelly... But I was wondering, are there any old blues musicians who aren't so well known who might have been a bit freaky for their time? Something more weird or a bit sinister or something? I'm not expecting much, especially since so much music never got recorded back then, but just curious.


not sure entirely what you mean but Screaming Jay Hawkins was most definitely weird and a bit evil
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:33 AM   #5
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uh, ill just list a few (some modern some old, you might come across a couple you haven't heard)
seasick steve
T-bone Walker
Big Joe Williams
blind boy fuller
sonny terry
Brownie Mcghee
Joe Bonamassa (my idol, has alot of Dark blues)
Big bill broonzy
Memphis slim
Jimmy Yancey
Mark selby (another modern one, but a great muso, and he followed me on twitter the other day )
ZZ top - listen to the live album fandango, then Tres Hombres
Ash grunwald - aussie bloke, Massive massive sound, and awesome. finally met him the other night!
John Mayall.

there is a decent list, hope it helps!
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:02 AM   #6
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not sure entirely what you mean but Screaming Jay Hawkins was most definitely weird and a bit evil

How could I forget about him? I downloaded a compilation of him now and I'm kinda surprised at how good a musician he actually was, since he's mostly just remembered as a novelty act. Lots of good songs besides just "I put a spell on you."

Rocknroll, thanks for the list. I'm glad I found out Seasick Steve's name. I remember seeing a video of him years ago but didn't catch his name and forgot about him.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:41 AM   #7
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Robert Johnson is classic old school blues. You should check him out if you like the acoustic kinda stuff.
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:59 AM   #8
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check out the Paladins, quirky as hell.... and also have a listen to son seal
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:34 AM   #10
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The most sinister blues song I can think of is
A to Z blues - Blind willie Mctell
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