BCI #21 – Phil DeGruy

Phil DeGruy, in Blues Center Interview #21, reveals some of the secrets of his brilliant, idiosyncratic guitar style. In the series finale (BCI #21 shot in January of 2020) Phil DeGruy shows off some jazzy licks on guitarp and talks Chet Atkins, Lenny Breau, Larry Carlton, Steely Dan, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Beatles, Kinks, Eric Clapton, Hollies and more. Phil alternates a couple of originals with a Beatles medley, “Sunny Afternoon” and “Mr. Sandman.” A tour de farce with strings from the erstwhile funnyman. Host Ric Stewart rides the blues and country fences for containment!

Jontavious Willis on a Cigar Box – Blue Yodel No. 1 (T for Texas)

Jontavious Willis at The New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival with a revision of Jimmie Rodgers’ “Blue Yodel No. 1 (T for Texas)” a 1928 release that was “a national phenomenon and generated an excitement and record-buying frenzy that no-one could have predicted” (Wikipedia). Rodgers is widely considered the father of country music, meanwhile Jontavious is getting known as a 20 year-old blues phenom, who told me that he’s more than a little bit country. He will be opening for Taj Mahal in March.
Save the Blues’ exclusive interview with Jontavious coming soon…