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William Clarke’s Greasy Gravy

There was a harmonica hero who you may not have heard about. His name was – and still is becase legends never die – William Clarke.

A wonderful singer and harmonica extraordinaire, William Clarke was both diatonic and chromatic Blues player and had this take-no-prisoner attitude when he was playing music.

Riccardo has been listening to Clarke’s music since he was in a teenager, blown away by the music of this wonderful Blues artist.

It was on rehearsal when Riccardo came up with the suggestion “why don’t we play William Clarke’s Greasy Gravy? A II-V-I turn around instrumental somewhere between a shuffle and a swing? I do the chromatic theme and we’ll see what happens?”

The band was cool with that and the song was multitracked and mixed in a DIY way.

Here’s what happened.

We hope you enjoy this.

“Serves Me Right To Suffer” – John Lee Hooker

 

Serves Me Right To Suffer is one of the hidden gems written by the great John Lee Hooker.

He used to introduce this song as a “terrible, terrible story” and it’s all about human feelings, real emotions and speaking true about them.

It’s impossible, for anyone, to play like John Lee Hooker and if you listen to somebody doing it, it’s because they are imitating his style. Hooker was so unique, his personality so huge and his way of writing, performing and approaching to the Blues music that he created a branch (and a brand) of Blues music around himself.

If you read the interviews about playing with him, by his sidemen, they all would tell that performing with him was fun and difficult at the same time. Only few harmonica players that I’ve heard could do that without missing the weird chord changes, the unique style and the overall atmosphere of what John Lee Hooker was playing.

Three names in my mind are Charlie Musselwhite, Alan Wilson and Van Morrison.

 

We tried to hommage the great John Lee Hooker without falling in the “Boom Boom” or “Boogie Chillen” cover. Just click on the play icon of the song and I hope you’ll enjoy the stream.

– Riccardo

Riccardo Grosso Blues Band performing at Birreria Rosa e Baffo in Mogliano Veneto on 23rd/12/18

Riccardo Grosso Blues Band performing at Jazz At The Bauer’s in Venezia on 22nd/12/18