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Chicago Blues Fest: Now That's Blues with a Feeling

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Guitar Shorty plays the Chicago Blues Fest on Sunday, June 13, 2010


Four years I had been attending college in Chicago yet all those four years I never once was able to get to the Chicago Blues Fest. (Cue blues guitar riff.)

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But, that changed yesterday. I made certain that I would get to hear a slice of what the Chicago Blues had to offer a young person with ears receptive to all different kinds of sounds with varying pitches, timbres, and tones interwoven to produce what we all know as music.


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Sunday afternoon I caught the tail end of Ramblin' Jack Elliott. Elliott was there for his folk blues-style. He also is a legend, a real musical cowboy who talked of the good old days when people only listened to radio and remarked in between songs that he never much liked the urban city.

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I immediately noticed that Elliot influenced Bob Dylan. In fact, Elliot performed one of his songs Dylan has recorded a version of, "Diamond Joe." It's a song with lyrics that go like this: "Now there's a man you'll hear about/Most anywhere you go/And his holdings are in Texas/And his name is Diamond Joe."

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