Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Jump Sister Jump

Otis Rush moved to Chicago in 1948, but he had learned to play the guitar, which he played upside down and left-handed. and harmonica as a child in Mississippi. By 1954 he had begun to play the guitar in earnest, inspired first by the rugged Delta blues of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf and then by the recordings of B.B and Albert King. Rush gained enough respect in Chicago blues circles for the composer and bass player Willie Dixon to help him secure a recording contract with Cobra Records in 1956. He pioneered what critics dubbed the "West Side style", which included « impassioned soul-tinged vocals, coupled with an intense, yet urbane, style of guitar playing »(Er, I really like blues critics….).

Otis Rush - Jump Sister Bessie

Otis Rush - My Baby Is A Good 'Un


Blogger Kat said...

Great music-thanks for the intro to Otis Rush!!

11:29 PM  

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