January 9th, 2020

cyberinsekt

Charlie Patton - Down the Dirt Road Blues

When you go back to the oldest Delta blues recording, you expect them to sound a little crude. I guess we've all heard the 12-bar blues pastiched so many times over the years that we've to to expect that crude imitation to be an accurate depiction. The music has become formulaic, overlaid time and time again until only the blurred average remains. Yet listen to Charlie Patton's 1929 recording of Down the Dirt Road Blues - like so many musicians of that era he's carving a brand new path. The rules haven't yet been written, there's absolutely no comfort zone. It sounds absolutely otherworldly. I mean sure, part of that is down to an accent so thick you won't be able to make out one word in eight, but I think part of it is down to the fact that the past has become truly foreign to us, erased by the fictions of history.

Charlie Patton - Down the Dirt Road Blues
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