end the suspense here and I’ll tell you this
is a 4.99 on the STLBluesometer.
you love the blues – Buy This!
If you want to learn about the blues - Buy This!
If you think you already know about the blues -
If you just love a great story about a terrific
person - Buy This!
“Golden Triangle” in and around Port
Arthur Texas (Janis Joplin and many others) steams,
literally, with outstanding music, and feelings,
and soul. This is where the tap root of Clifford
Antone is grounded. This man and his woman began
an unbelievable legacy for the blues, and touched
every great blues player and singer from its birth
in 1973 until today. The humblest of storefronts
in Austin, TX, on a dirty, rough 6th street, where
Clifford Antone sold imported clothes.
the story was in the “back room” (as
it often is when the blues is involved) where he
had a roomful of equipment and a fridge full of
beer. A natural magnet for blues players. Soon the
dumpy old 6th Street store was “howlin’
“ with the best in blues. Not just the Austin
Port Arthur crowd but within weeks an unheard of
pipeline to Chi-town had the town and blues world
buzzing. Buddy Guy asks at Antone’s on night,
“Who’s left to play in Chicago tonight?”
opening night heralded Clifton Chenier, Percy Mayfield
and Sonnyland Slim. Soon there was Jimmy Rogers,
Eddie Taylor, Jimmy Reed, Luther Tucker, Muddy Waters,
Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, And Hubert
Somlin just as bedrock for the hundreds of biggies
in blues who did a gig a week or more at Antone’s.
Snippets by these greats and laced with cool interviews
by many, many greats some even before they were
126 ½ minutes into the DVD there is a holy
moment, a solo by Pinetop Perkins, guaranteed to
rip at your soul. This may be worth the entire DVD
for my money.
Anyway you can tell I really dig it and recommend
it to everyone. Watch it when you can pay attention
as it demands your eyes, ears, and soul. But it
rewards your heart.