Texas blues -- not just for Texas

Monday, 30 July 2012 12:00 AM Written by 

As any good blues fan knows, there are many kinds of blues, and the music can be broken down into many sub-genres. One of the ways it's broken down can be geographical -- Chicago, Delta, Piedmont, and so on.

One of the areas that's often identified is Texas blues -- and it might be an area that doesn't get as quite much attention as it should, even though it has contributed some fine artists: Lightnin' Hopkins, Freddie King, Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker, Albert Collins, to name a few. Seems like too many people think of Chicago and Mississippi when they think of the blues, and not much beyond that.

I was sort of reminded of all this when I ran across a blog the other day from the Dallas Observer, with a post titled "The Top Ten North Texas Blues Albums" -- which is sort of a sub-sub-genre, but still an interesting idea. So I thought I would share (something that my mother taught me).

This was the first album mentioned:

Alex Moore, Alex Moore
Barrelhouse pianist "Whistling" Alex Moore spent all of his life in Dallas, recording for Columbia in 1929, Decca in 1937, and RPM/Kent in 1951. During the '60s blues revival, he toured the festival circuit in the U.S. and Europe, after recording this 1960 album for Arhoolie. Unlike some of his contemporaries who returned from obscurity around the same time, Moore's ivory tinkling, singing and whistling capabilities were undiminished, and the late Tim Schuller, who interviewed him in the '70s, recalled him as an eccentric and colorful storyteller. While he recorded only twice more before his death in 1989, Moore continued performing until the end. We should all be so lucky.
Read more here.

You can also read more about Texas blues at Texas Blues Roadhouse. And at North Texas Blues.

And here's a recording by Alex Moore:

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