My cover of Muddy Waters' Country Blues





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Uploaded on Mar 20, 2011

The name of this song by Muddy Waters is "Country Blues".

Obviously, I had more than one Myobrainial Infarction during this recording.

I worked out the guitar part of the song many years ago, learning by ear from "The Complete Plantation Recordings" CD, of Muddy when he was a young man in Clarksdale, MS, as recorded by Lomax, in the early 1940's. Major props to Muddy, he was the real deal.

I played this in Open G tuning.

I know and can sing the original words, but I didn't want to make this video even worse with my typical lame whiney white boy voice. Perhaps I will epically ruin some other of my blues music videos in the future by singing in them.

In this video, I played my Stella, (acoustic). My best guess is that it was made in the early 1960's. I bought it fifteen years ago because of its authentic blues vibe and "plywood top" slide sound, but just in case you're thinking about it, my advice is don't buy one. Like the Silvertones, a Stella is a POS, unless you spend a boatload of work or money changing it into a player, and even then it's got a crude sound which is only good for Mississippi slide blues. I spent a lot of time and effort refretting, repairing, and upgrading mine. Among many other fixes, I had to install tuner post bushings, (it was manufactured with none). Without them, the guitar was extremely difficult to tune. "Fixing it up" was a labor of love, and $1K wouldn't buy it from me today, but I don't recommend doing what I did, unless you like that kind of "hobby". YMMV.

"Some people say,
those worried blues ain't bad.
That's the miserabl'est feeling, child,
I most ever had..."

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