The state of Texas has had a major presence in the Blues, from the earliest days of the recording era right on up to the present day. So many tremendous Blues musicians have hailed from Texas, i.e. Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, T-Bone Walker, Freddy King. This DVD focuses on the Country Blues guitarists who first defined the Texas Blues sound and who put Texas on the map as a prime location in Blues Country.
Create fingerstyle blues instrumentals, from Delta swamp to Piedmont bounce, and transform your guitar arrangements with new ideas and thrilling sounds! Al Petteway, one of our most musically inventive guitarists, teaches you six original tunes, each highlighting a different rhythmic and melodic feel and utilizing the unique qualities that DADGAD tuning offers. It's Only the Blues employs a steady dead thumb bass with lots of slinky licks - a very swampy sound based on a Hendrix idea.
Woody Mann teaches the song forms and techniques of early American folk and blues guitar styles. Acclaimed blues performer and educator, he teaches five blues songs based on the playing of such originators as Charley Patton, Son House, Robert Johnson, Big Joe Williams, Scrapper Blackwell, and Tommy Johnson.
Everyone knows that Robert Johnson really didn’t sell his soul to the Prince of Darkness at the crossroads of Highways 61 and 49 in Clarksdale. Silly urban myth. Everyone knows that the devil always hangs close to a river and there’s no river anywhere near those crossroads. It was the crossroads of Highway 8 and Highway 1 in Rosedale where Johnson cashed in his soul for killer blues guitar chops. Ask Son House or check a map. But hold on… before you go rushing down there to do your own deal, Jeff McErlain’s got a much better proposition…