I’ve thought my way around the blues for quite some time. It defies my imagination that any white blues musician could have such little regard for the culture that gave birth to the very music said musician claims to celebrate.
For example… A white blues musician, apparently in good conscience, glorifying the confederate flag, or singing about “chucking steel like a slave”. It’s crazy. They have no connection whatsoever to the black American legacy of subjugation.
I think maybe you should sing about shit you know.
Wouldn’t you want to open up your soul and perform authentically instead of usurping others cultural identity?
I’m not suggesting us white boys and girls have no right to play the Blues; I am suggesting that while we have a right to be devotees (even worshipers) of the blues, we don’t have the rights to certain subject matter.
This lack of awareness is what I find particularly shameful.
I’d feel great if this statement caused even one person to think about it. That’s all you have to do.
Think about it.