Let’s hear it for the girls! Celebrating Blues Women

12 Days of Blues-Mas 2017 | Episode #10

Written by Claire Snook

Ahhhh, the blues. There’s something about this music that has captured the imagination and interest of millions of people across the world and decades. The idea of a lone man with his guitar, hobo-ing around the Mississippi Delta or playing in the dark clubs of Chicago and New York, trying to make ends meet with their music is an established one that runs deep in modern culture.

That image was hugely reinforced with the rediscovery of blues in the sixties, with encouragement from promoters to appeal to a new audience, and it worked. The careers of many bluesmen were relaunched and they got to travel the world, playing the music they’d written and sung twenty or thirty or even forty years earlier.

Obviously great to see these musicians finally recognised!

But what about the women?

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Cut Straight to Record | Recording technology & the sound of early Blues

12 Days of Blues-Mas 2017 | Episode #9

Written by Dr Anders Ingram

My recent release, The Trouble EP, was recorded and cut direct to vinyl by The Lathe Revival in Newcastle in 2016 using 1930s equipment. You can listen to it here.

I’d be willing to bet that if I had told you that these recordings were made in the late 1930s or early 40s you would have believed me. It just has that sound … but what is that sound exactly?

Anyone who has ever put a second hand record on a deck can tell you that dust, static, and a worn stylus, etc. can cause hiss, crackle, and pops, while wear and scratches to the record can cause many other sound issues. However, this is something more. The fundamental sound itself is shaped by the format and the recording process.

So what was that process?
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Forging the Axe | History and Evolution of the Blues Guitar

12 Days of Blues-Mas 2017 | Episode #6

Written by Phill Brown

The emergence of blues into popular music through the 20s 30s and 40s is bound up with technological innovation of the times – transport, work, recorded music, the radio and electrification!

The quest to make twangy noises and to make them nice and loud, helped artists reshape the sound of the music and bring it to bigger audiences.

It’s easy to take the guitar for granted, so let’s remind ourselves of its humble origins.
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