The blues is one of the purest forms of American music that exists, next to jazz. The blues is the root of so much of the most popular music throughout the ages. Elvis, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and AC/DC all have their music steeped in this classic music, just to name a handful of acts. Along with those acts, fans might recognize the name of former Fleetwood Mac front man Peter Green among the masses of blues fans out there, too. Green and his band, Peter Green Splinter Group, have a brand new record out now titled, “Blues Don’t Change.”
“Blues Don’t Change” is a wonderful record that longtime fans will love more and more with every listen. The record opens with a cover of Robert Johnson’s timeless classic, ‘I Believe My Time Ain’t’ Long.’ The song brings up memories of a dusty, darkly lit blues club. It’s almost a musical time capsule. Green’s musicianship takes listeners back in time with this opener, paying homage to one of the greatest names in the blues. There is also a rendition of Muddy waters’ famed twelve bar blues hit, ‘Honey Bee.’ Again, it has that quiet intensity for which old school blues is known. It has that same feeling as ‘I Believe My Time Ain’t Long.’
‘Little Red Rooster’ is another great addition to this new compilation of blues hits. The gritty feel of the vocals and subtlety of the classic Willie Dixon piece will keep listeners in that musical time warp, back to the days of the old juke joints that dotted the country’s landscape.
For all the slower pieces on this record, “Blues Don’t Change” does change up here and there. ‘Don’t Start Me Talking’ is just as impressive as every other piece on the record. It’s noticeably more up-tempo than other pieces. But it doesn’t lose any of the flare of the original in Green’s interpretation.
“Blues Don’t Change” is loaded with so many incredible blues standards that it would take far too long to go into all eleven songs in the playlist. Needless to say, this record is more than just a compilation of songs. It’s a musical history lesson of one of America’s greatest musical genres. “Blues Don’t Change” is available both in stores and online now. It can be ordered online at http://www.eagle-rock.com.
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