I set this up to start right where Howlin’ Wolf kicks in because his performance is the most heavenly thing in the whole 1 hour and 3 minute video.
Rest assured that if you double back and start at the very beginning of all of this, you are not going to be disappointed. It’s all stellar.
What you’re witnessing in that video is The American Folk Blues Festival – -a music festival that toured Europe as an annual event for several years beginning in 1962. It was promoted by German blues enthusiasts Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau.
There’s some fascinating reading to be found on the cultural clashes between the German audiences and the American performers and also on Rau and Lippmann’s paternal “racialist” attitude toward the singers at the dissertation Black, White and Blue: Racial Politics of Blues Music in the 1960s. For the hepcats who want more information, I suggest a visit to The 60’s at 50 blog.
Songs: Bye Bye Bird, My Younger Days (Sonny Boy Williamson),
Come On Home Baby (Sunnyland Slim),
Nervous (Willie Dixon),
Mojo Hand (Lightnin’ Hopkins),
Black Snake Blues (Victoria Spivey),
Everyday I Have the Blues (Memphis Slim),
Don’t Throw Your Love on Me so Strong (T-Bone Walker),
Tall Heavy Mama (Roosevelt Sykes),
Sittin’ and Cryin’ the Blues (Willie Dixon),
Murphy’s Boogie (Matt “Guitar” Murphy),
Stranger Blues (Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee),
Shake for Me, I’ll Be Back Someday,
Love Me Darlin (Howlin’ Wolf),
Down Home Shakedown (Big Mama Thornton)