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    Thanks, CB. It's always fun to see and hear that video. It's from Steve's instructional video, Learn to Play Blue Mandolin (Homespun). Here's the original with Yank Rachell on mandolin:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvSe...ohnEstes-Topic

    Robert Johnson's mother, describing blues musicians:
    "I never did have no trouble with him until he got big enough to be round with bigger boys and off from home. Then he used to follow all these harp blowers, mandoleen (sic) and guitar players."
    Lomax, Alan, The Land where The Blues Began, NY: Pantheon, 1993, p.14.

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    I guess all the years playing blues and jump blues on guitar keeps coming out on my mandolin

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    You're in good company. Check out the Blues Mando group, if you haven't already. We're not very active, but there are many informative posts.
    Robert Johnson's mother, describing blues musicians:
    "I never did have no trouble with him until he got big enough to be round with bigger boys and off from home. Then he used to follow all these harp blowers, mandoleen (sic) and guitar players."
    Lomax, Alan, The Land where The Blues Began, NY: Pantheon, 1993, p.14.

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    Dunno what happened to the video. Trying another, see if it sticks.

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    Hmm... all the videos are coming in on my computer.

    I meant to post a link to the Mandolin Cafe Blues Mando group:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/group.php?groupid=99
    Robert Johnson's mother, describing blues musicians:
    "I never did have no trouble with him until he got big enough to be round with bigger boys and off from home. Then he used to follow all these harp blowers, mandoleen (sic) and guitar players."
    Lomax, Alan, The Land where The Blues Began, NY: Pantheon, 1993, p.14.

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    The video in Post #2 does not display on my computer, neither here nor at the site on youtube. We're in different countries, so YMMV.
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    Here's Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo's version

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    Yeah, I didn't want to say anything, but since you done went there ...

    I heard this from Taj Mahal first, waaay long ago, back in the day ...



    That was his first album, which I discovered probably a couple years after his second album which I heard first, "The Natch'l Blues," one of my all-time favorites. (In fact, it's sitting on the turntable, pretty much taken up residence there. ) It was instrumental in introducing me to the blues. There's a certain someone on this first album you may have heard of, a fellow there credited as Ryland P. Cooder, wryly thus named rather than Ry. Though he's not playing on this cut; that's Jesse Ed Davis (credited as Jesse Edwin Davis - Taj has some sense of humor).

    And then later, live, in full regalia, horn section and everything.



    Anyway, I sure do love that riff - can't get it out of my head, thoroughly associated with this song in my mind - and that hanging hook serving as a turnaround. They both owe a lot to rock as well as blues. Creations of Taj, not Sleepy John nor Yank. Miss it in the Taj and Keb' version. Which is just fine, fo' sho', doesn't belong there and it ain't needed - that's just my memory piping up.
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