Paul Butterfield

Paul Butterfield: The Studio Album Collection 1965-1971 (available digitally) covers the time in which the band helped revitalize blues music, especially Chicago blues. What has always attracted me to Butterfield’s albums is the raw and unfiltered approach to create blues music the way it is supposed to sound (to my ears).

Paul Butterfield himself, who died far too early at 44, was a true master of the blues harmonica. Together with the Siegel-Schwall Band (with an equally brilliant Corgy Siegel on harmonica), they defined the sound which pretty much dominated my early youth. It is no surprise, for example, that when the Butterfield band left their in-gig at Big Johns on Chicago’s North Side, it was the Siegel-Schwall Band that took their place. All of this material is fabulous stuff that I have heard so many times in my life that I am quite sure I could write every single note down. Get acquainted with it if you haven’t done so already.

Note: The 14-CD Paul Butterfield: Complete Albums (1965-1980) is going to be a future purchase once the price has dropped a bit.

Posted by Volkher Hofmann

Volkher Hofmann (deus62) has been blogging on and off since the 1990s and is all that is left. He loves music, literature, drumming and, most of all, real life. He thinks the open web is much more important than social networks, closed-in ecosystems and other severely commercialized online endeavors.

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