MASTERS OF THE COUNTRY BLUES
DVD-Rare Footage From the 1960s (New DVD)
JOHN LEE HOOKER & FURRY LEWIS
DVD Neuf scellé
Despite a Roman numeral copyright date of 1978,
this footage is clearly form the (mid) sixties.
Originally recorded for TV for the Seattle
Folklore Society, on this sepia-toned tape
Hooker is seated, hatted, less than modest,
and a bit stiff. As he introduces Boom Boom,
It Serves Me Right To Suffer, and I'll Never
Get Out Of These Blues Alive, it feels as if
he's at a job interview. Everything changes,
though, when he starts pounding his foot
and playing is guitar. His performances are
fiery and the camera gives a tight close up
of his finger work. Most of the tape, however,
belongs to a seated and suited Furry Lewis,
a Memphis blues legend who plays his guitar
with a slide and a definite ragtime influence.
Advanced in years, Lewis performs convincing
versions of such old standbys as Kassie Jones,
I Will Turn Your Money Green, and Furry's Blues.
A worthwhile addition to any blues video library's...