Sunday, April 27, 2008

Boogie Chillun

One of the beautiful, not-so-beautiful things about YouTube is how easy it is to get lost and forget what you were looking for in the first place.

John Nova Lomax, the music scribe over at the Houston Press, helps get the guide to the root source of the boogie riff through a selected series of earthy clips which includes some desitively nasty dancing moves documented on Maxwell Street on Chicago's Southside back in the early 1960s, getting beyond the blues to Otha Turner and his Rising Star Fife and Drum band of Como, Mississippi, all the back to the African drummers of Mali.

No Jimmy Reed nor the reconstituted version of the Boogie Chillun Boys which consisted of Robert Ealey and U.P. Wilson and could delve into the boogie root better than any two piece as I once witnessed at the third Antone's one weeknight as part of an audience of four, but worth checking out nonetheless.

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