Blues Before Sunrise: The Radio Interviews by Steve Cushing, Jim O'Neal

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By Steve Cushing, Jim O'Neal

This assortment assembles the easiest interviews from Steve Cushing's long-running radio application Blues prior to Sunrise, the nationally syndicated, award-winning application concentrating on classic blues and R&B. As either an observer and performer, Cushing has been concerned with the blues scene in Chicago for many years. His candid, colourful interviews with popular blues gamers, manufacturers, and deejays exhibit the behind-the-scenes international of the early life of recorded blues. a lot of those oral histories aspect the careers of lesser-known yet tremendously influential blues performers and promoters.

The e-book focuses specifically on pre–World warfare II blues singers, performers energetic in Nineteen Fifties Chicago, and nonperformers who contributed to the early blues international. Interviewees contain Alberta Hunter, one of many earliest African American singers to transition from Chicago's Bronzeville nightlife to the overseas highlight, and Ralph Bass, one of many maximum R&B manufacturers of his period. Blues professional, author, list manufacturer, and cofounder of Living Blues Magazine Jim O'Neal offers the book's foreword.

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Jesse Thomas is part of a lonesome blues genre comprised of musicians who were essentially prewar stylists who performed and recorded in the years following World War II. They played a prewar style, performed and recorded largely as solo artists, and spent most of their time performing and recording in an acoustic setting—no amplification. Those who did use amplification used only the most basic setups: an electronic pickup on an acoustic guitar coupled with a small amplifier that had only basic settings—on/off and volume—no tone, no treble, no bass, and so forth.

I’m twelfth. (laughs) Almost to the end! indd 19 19 10/23/09 8:20:44 AM Any of the brothers and sisters still alive? No, they’re all gone now. What did your parents do? They were farmers in the small town of Logansport—sharecroppers, at that time they were called sharecroppers—and we all were raised in the country, on the farm. What we raised mostly was cotton, but we raised some corn. Then we had vegetable gardens that we would raise food for ourselves, but the cotton was for sale. It was commercial.

But even if we didn’t visit church regular, we had to kinda stay in line with those other church people. And wouldn’t violate too much what they didn’t believe in, like playing music and singing this and singing that. In other words, we weren’t allowed too much to play music, but we would slip and do it anyway. indd 20 an c i ent age 10/23/09 8:20:44 AM Did the rest of your family do anything with music? My older brother, he was named Willard Thomas, and he made records under the name Ramblin’ Thomas.

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