Blues #2

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Overview

Almost in more of a John Lee Hooker kind of vein, Blues #2 is a vampy kind of blues song, sitting comfortably with a powerful but patient groove on only a couple chords.

According to T. DeWayne Moore, a writer for Living Blues magazine, Blues #2 was more so of a purely improvised blues song — with Sutherland singing lyrics as they came to him in the moment, and accompanying them with his classic, rough right hand stylings, and steady but groovy left hand bends.

Like Blues #1, Sutherland gets really into the riffs, rather than single-note solos and clean plucks of notes, harkening back again to John Lee Hooker in a way. (Although, given that Sutherland lived mostly in the same county his whole life, apart from time in Chicago, it’s unlikely that they knew each other well.)

Blues #2 gives way for another fine window into the style of Sutherland — an added view to Blues #1. Hope you enjoy gathering the riffs from this one!

Workstation

Standard Tuning — but each string is detuned 3 half-steps, so Db Gb B E Ab Db (from low to high)

Well, I feel like holl’in’, don’t wanta holler, Lord
I got somethin’ to tell you, girl, tell it to no crowd

I want you to love me or leave me, anything you wanta do
I want you to love me or leave me, anything you wanta do

What a strange thing happenin’, someday it might happen to you

She’s a brown-skin woman, dimples in her jaw
She’s a brown-skin woman, dimples in her jaw

If you ever had the blues, know about how I feel
If you ever had the blues, know about how I feel

Feel just like a engine, ain’t got no drivin’ wheel

Song History

3 September 1978
Canton, Mississippi (at Clyde Maxwell’s house)
Field Recording by Alan Lomax, John Bishop, and Worth Long

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