Glad to have you on the forum too.Heres some inside track on Pinetop, Willie and Hubert - the bass player is Bob Stroger. Bob's background is with Fenton Robinson, Sunnyland Slim......and many more. He is the key to making the groove real and genuine. Sure it sounds like Hubert Sumlin or Pinetop Perkins, but the groove under it all is Stroger. I always kept it real, my own style was sure to be in the music, however, when "Bigeyes" is on the bandstand, or Hubert Sumlin.... your always aware of where this music started from. Put down a root to the musics origin and let the music play its self.
Sorry, Matt, but that's not at all true. It was the migration of hundreds of thousands of black workers, share croppers and such, and their families to the north, mostly Chicago, in the thirties and forties of the last century that is responsible for electric blues and its offshoots, the most obvious one being rock 'n roll.Every drummer mentioned on this thread owes at least some part of his blues playing to Jo Jones, who people forget played blues about 80% of the time. The blues genre as we know it today wasn't modernized in Chicago first. That happened in Kansas City...and the king of that crowd was Jones.
Here is a conversation I had with a very good friend, Dave Myers, on Fred Below. Dave was the Aces guitar / bass player. -Sorry, Matt, but that's not at all true. It was the migration of hundreds of thousands of black workers, share croppers and such, and their families to the north, mostly Chicago, in the thirties and forties of the last century that is responsible for electric blues and its offshoots, the most obvious one being rock 'n roll.
I very much doubt that any of the southern blues players who relocated to Chicago had ever heard of Jo Jones, although I guess it's possible. But jazz had little if any influence on blues music when it was first being played in the Chicago south side bars. It was pretty much the same raw and visceral music that had been played in Mississippi, and it stayed that way for a long time.
It's true that Fred Below, the drummer for Little Walter's band The Aces, got interested in the drums after hearing Chick Webb. But the truth is that it was the guitar players who coached the drummers on what to play back then, for the simple reason that drums were a relatively new addition to the music.
I absolutely love the live Landau albums with Toss on drums. But for blues, check out his work with Robben Ford. He's only on one formal release that is a live album, but you can find a ton of youtubes. Toss has the most amazingly greasy groove, and he sits back tastefully playing the blues with very little embellishments. I've seen him with Robben a bunch of times and he rapidly became one of my favorite drummers. He and Travis Carlton are a killer rhythm section.Toss Panos does great work with Michael Landau.