American Folklore and the Blues Black Cat Bone

The Blues is filled with mysticism, hoodoo and the power of the Black Cat Bone. Seminal Blues guitarist Robert Johnson claims he sold his soul to the Devil at the Crossroads in exchange for becoming the greatest musician ever.  He is — and was dead at 27.

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Tom Petty Finds his Blues Mojo

We’re in the high season for new Blues album releases from the old music guard.  This week we have new Blues albums from Steve Miller and Tom Petty.  On Tuesday, Cyndi Lauper will drop “Memphis Blues” for our listening pleasure.  What is is about the Blues that brings us back to the center of our shared experiences?  How does music bind us into contextual places that have memeingful resonances?  With the release of — Mojo — Tom Petty endeavors to answer those ethereal musical conundrums.

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