Monday, January 27, 2020

Nostalgia just ai'nt what it usta be...

Nostalgia just ain't what it usta often I hear Blues fans and rock fans who miss the music of the '60s and complain that nobody makes music that good anymore.
 What is true is that the music business has changed so much that sometimes it's harder to find  the good music. The late 60s and early 70s were a golden age of music for several reasons, but the bottom line is that it was a unique time in musical history that quality music was also commercially successful, and great innovative artists were also popular and wealthy. Such quality music is not high on the popularity charts anymore, but internet technology allows anyone, anywhere,  to access even the most unknown artists. Today you have to search for good music, but - "seek and ye shall find". One random example: I saw the Tedeschi -Trucks band play a few months ago and I guarantee you no artist of any other era was superior.
 In the same way , many Blues fans complain that black culture has forsaken the Blues and that there are no young African-American Blues artists. As has been the case over the past few decades, commercial interests sometimes cause record companies and festival promoters to promote white artists more than African -American artists and some great artists get overlooked and don’t get the media exposure they deserve.  I suggest you check out Grammy nominees Jontavious Willis and "Kingfish" Ingram (not to mention Grammy winner Gary Clark Jr.) and you will see a great young generation of Blues artists coming up from the roots. But great music needs an audience in order to thrive, so I urge you to continue to seek out unknown music and go see live shows!

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