Much of today's popular music is a direct descendent from the blues music that developed in the late nineteenth century. The blues artists of the 20's and 30's used everyday life as a source of theme and inspiration in composing songs. Originating out of the Mississippi Delta plantations, the blues typically portrayed the seriousness of the everyday life in the Delta; superstition, death, jealousy, and temptation.
Recorded at Hooglandt's Geluidstechniek in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Comic Book is a collection of some of the best examples of the 20's - 40's Mississippi Delta Blues with a few more recent hits included as well. The Blues-Duo is comprised of the cutting harmonica, guitar and vocals of Harald Goldhahn, and the drums and vocals of Annie Saurewein- with special guest Ton Derksen filling in on the Sax and piano on a couple of cuts. Playing the music of guitar master Reverend Blind Gary Davis, Sam McGhee, Original Howling Wolf, Tom Rush, and Bob Dylan the Blues Duo impart their own character into the music as they play through arrangements of some of the great blues classics including The Great Change in Me, Buck Dance, and Mama, Quittin and Leaving.
Author Paul Garon put in very aptly in his book "Blues and the Poetic Spirit" the blues is a music that signifies the rebellion of the spirit, a body of song that achieves poetry by its insistent revolt and demand for liberation. On this CD- surprisingly a couple of folks from Amsterdam-go figure- have achieved their own brand of blues poetry and in the process produced a very nice CD. Check it out!