One simply cannot talk about people of importance to this genre without tipping the hat to the most masterful musician, teacher, musicologist, producer, folklorist and preservationist of the traditional blues. By now, Stefan Grossman is a venerated, iconoclastic and respected acoustic blues figure of mega-proportions. He came out of the vibrant Greenwich Village, New York, 1960s scene around Washington Square, where so many American folk and blues musicians launched their careers. His friend and occasional collaborator, Steve Katz, formerly of the Even Dozen Jug Band, the Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears, once half jokingly told this writer: “There we were, all these New York Jews playing the black blues.” Indeed, the blues had a strong influence on young New Yorkers during the folk revival. These musicians, Stefan Grossman, Happy & Artie Traum, Danny Kalb, and many others, in turn had a powerful influence on the acceptance of the blues by the American baby boomer generation at large; and, they significantly helped to launch the folk, roots & blues revival, thereby reinvigorating the careers of many original blues musicians whose careers had waned.
Many people know Stefan Grossman as the paramount teacher and entrepreneur in what has become the world’s largest “blues school”, Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop. He is one of the most skilled guitarists in the genre, having been a student of Rev. Gary Davis in New York City. He also picked up lessons directly from Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Skip James, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and others.
Featuring Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Scrapper Blackwell, Charley Jordan, Lonnie Johnson, Rev. Gary Davis and Josh White
Edited and Transcribed by Stefan Grossman
The arrangements of Scrapper Blackwell, Blind Blake, Big Bill Broonzy, Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Lemon, Lonnie Johnson, Charley Jordan and Josh White are featured. A CD featuring all the arrange-ments performed by the original artists is included.
Titles include: SCRAPPER BLACKWELL Blue Day Blues, Kokomo Blues BLIND BLAKE Georgia Bound BIG BILL BROONZY Big Bill Blues, Mississippi River Blues, Mr. Conductor Man, Saturday Night Rub, Stove Pipe Stomp, Worryin’ You Off My Mind REV. GARY DAVIS Cincinnati Flow Rag, Italian Rag, Sally Where’d You Get Your Liquor From, Two-Step Candyman BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON Easy Rider Blues, Hot Dogs, One Kind Favor LONNIE JOHNSON Go Back To Your No Good Man, Life Saver Blues CHARLEY JORDAN Hunkie Tunkie Blues, Keep It Clean JOSH WHITE Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed, Little Brother Blues
Level 3 • 96 pages • 1 CD
Review: Fantastic Method for any Serious Blues Student. Stefan Grossman has many years experience playing guitar and learning Blues Guitar from the masters. His books reflect his knowledge and experience. The pieces are actual transcriptions of various Country Blues artists, and they include clear explanations, background information, and even a CD of the artists playing each song. You couldn't go wrong with this or any of Mr. Grossman's method books. – Brent R. Block/Amazon Customer Review
Review: The Real Thing. This book is a must if you want to learn country blues guitar. Great selection, thorough transcriptions, and – most important – a CD with the real masters playing the tunes. I never thought I'd be able to learn Cincinnati Flow Rag but after spending a couple days with this book and CD I'm picking it like crazy. – Format Paperback/Amazon Customer Review
Review: Guitarists: Don't overlook this treasure! What is not obvious about this very nice collection by Stefan Grossman is that the CD has the original blues men playing the songs. And they are awesome! I almost fell out of my chair when I realized that, put the CD into a player, put on the headphones, and heard the masters.
I'm an okay guitarist, and with time I might learn these pieces from the transcriptions, but it doesn't matter. Hearing the originals that Mr. Grossman gives you from the archives has no price. Right from the beginning with Scrapper Blackwell, you will be amazed. Enjoy, and thank you, Stefan Grossman. – Johnny Motelle/Amazon Customer Review