The blues: America’s least-loved musical form
Posted on: Thursday, Mar 19, 2015
Reposting this piece from 2014.
I am in a van with Walter Daniels and Ted Roddy, two excellent Austin harmonica players, driving down a rainy Texas highway in the dark. It’s cold, and not just “cold for Texas,” but actually cold. Temperatures are in the 30s. Sure, people will probably have to turn on their a/c in a few days, but tonight actually feels like winter.
Walter is talking about an episode of Bar Rescue, the bar-revamp reality show. Host Jon Taffer was trying to turn around a failing bar that had made the financially disastrous mistake of featuring blues music every night. Walter laughs: “He told the bar owners, ‘We’ve done some research, and blues music is the favorite music of only 3% of the U.S. population!’” Taffer recommended that the bar change their musical focus to turn business around. Walter laughs again. “I’m glad I devoted my life to a musical form that NINETY-SEVEN PERCENT of the population DOESN’T CARE ABOUT!”
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