Who would you have liked to have seen….?

Posted on: Monday, Jun 21, 2010

So, I was sitting there in the sun at the Linton Festival this afternoon watching a quite rejuvenated Peter Green playing and singing much better than in the recent past – and with a super tight band to boot I must add.  I was thinking…. clearly Greeny is not the man that he was in the 60s and early 70s – this is common knowledge; how great it would have been to have seen him in a club at the height of his powers.

So here’s the question – with a time machine and unlimited budget, what blues act would you have loved to have seen live and in their prime?

I’ll kick off….

  • Little Walter – blues club Chicago 1950s (I’ll pick him to be playing with Muddy to kill two birds with one stone)
  • Freddie King  – blues club – 1960ish
  • Peter Green – blues club – late 1960s
  • Lester Butler – 1990s
  • B.B. King 1950s
  • William Clarke – Starboard Attitude , Redondo Beach – on the night that “Rocking the Boat” was recorded.

Of course, I have so, so many more than that – and in true High Fidelity style – the list will change each day.

BTW – I’m not sure I got the tense correct in the title.  This year I have been studying hypothetical conditional tenses in Spanish and they are hard in both languages.



June 21st, 2010 at 21:53
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Firstly . . . great news to hear that Peter Green was on good form at Linton, excellent!

Having had the pleasure to catch Muddy Waters, BB King and Albert King live, I would have loved to see Freddie King in full flow.

Also, unlike your goodself Ken . . . would have been great to see William Clarke, and hopefully will get to see James Harman one day.

Of course seeing Mr. Lester Butler and The Red Devils would have been a treat!



June 21st, 2010 at 22:06
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An endless list really, but for now I’ll say Howlin Wolf, Albert King, and Yank Rachel


Pete Evans

June 21st, 2010 at 22:22
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This is so difficult – there are so many but it would be great to have been able to see some of the legendary acoustic Delta men like Robert Johnson and Charlie Patton. Then for the excitement how about Elmore James. The obvious legends like Muddy and The Wolf along with Kings Albert and Freddie. I would also have loved to have been in southside Chicago to see Hound Dog Taylor in a sweaty bar with his amp crackling and feeding back.
I think though a session with Leadbelly would have been something special.