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Thread #73111   Message #1267441
Posted By: GUEST,Hootenanny
09-Sep-04 - 06:19 AM
Thread Name: Is bluegrass an attitude?
Subject: RE: Is bluegrass an attitude?
Dewey,

Monroe with a taterbug ??? possibly in childhhod but I don't think even Monroe could achieve what he did using a taterbug .

I generally agree with your observations BUT not with regard to Robert Johnson. Robert was one of many Delta blues musicians, his influences came from many others and himself influenced many more but he didn't "define" the genre in the same way that you can argue Monroe did with bluegrass.

Johnson was undoubtedly a great blues musician but so was Blind Willie McTell in a different style and Charlie Patton and later Fred McDowell plus others too numerous to mention. If Johnson hadn't died at such a young age and survived into the 60's "Blues Revival" I'm sure he would have been "just another" great bluesman.

Sorry if this digressed too much from the thread