I've had nothing but positive experiences working with Slums, his music always seemed to me more club ready where raund haus tends to be more experimental, but one is a solo artist and one is a showcase, so that's more the reason for the confusion.
That entire conversation only circulated among the beat community and a few others who chimed in. Then, it was deleted. The point of bringing it back to life is to inform the larger community about what happened among a very prominent community of musicians. Also, the fact you're expressing some level of sensitivity toward my making a judgment about Slums' being "ahead" of whomever, may indicate that there is still some lingering "attitude" about the whole issue.
Slums' comments on sexism in the industry are something of a dead horse at this point, not sure what the point of bringing it back to life is... also raund haus is a crew of musicians with different performers for every show, usually they don't sound anything like Slums so saying he's "ahead" of them misses the point. but for sure a great performer with big things ahead
JCD: Duke Performances dedicated a significant portion of our 2015 summer season to celebrating Music Maker's 20th anniversary. We featured artists including Cool John Ferguson, Sam Frazier Jr., Boo Hanks, John Dee Holeman, Ironing Board Sam, Williette Hinton, The Branchettes, Pat 'Mother Blues' Cohen & Big Ron Hunter. Over the past decade, we've also had the good fortune of presenting Music Maker artists Joe Thompson, Dom Flemons & Bishop Dready Manning. Keep an eye on our offerings, I'm sure that we'll have opportunity to showcase more of the elders as time goes by. Finally, I'd be careful w/ the term 'original musicians', none of the folks living today were making music alongside Rev. Gary Davis, Etta Baker & Blind Boy Fuller during the 'heyday' of the Piedmont blues in the 1920s, 30s & 40s.
caab's suggestion sounds exciting. It's a shame that the original musicians didn't fit into this particular performance, but I'd pay good money to see Duke Performances showcase them for a different event. I hope we can see that happen soon.
Gerald & the team on 'Piedmont Blues' spent a great deal of time with living, though elderly, Piedmont blues musicians. Duke Performances, working with Music Makers, has presented many of these artists over the past decade. After considerable conversation & consideration it was our conclusion that none of those musicians was nimble enough to effectively participate in this project. To be clear, Clayton's 'Piedmont Blues' is a synthetic project that attempts to honor the elders while making a presentation that bristles with a contemporary energy; only the audience will be able to determine whether this approach works.
I would be curious to know why living Piedmont Blues legends are not involved in the actual performance when they are still alive and extremely capable at their craft, why this is not a performance collaboration.
I always thought German Love was his pet name for her: "German Love, I will give it to you."
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