Can White Guys Sing The Blues?

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    I thinks that's a really bad analogy re: Hillary's black church accent.
    Clapton was authentic, and his blues, being the unwanted son growing up not knowing his parents, busking for money in his teens on the streets....being a man out of place and unwanted can sound remarkably similar to poor black men in the Jim crow south.
    The blues is the blues, and not qualified by skin color or geography.
    It was an understandably commonplace sentiment among guys of Muddys generation to feel that way, but not always true.
    Like every bluesman of decades past drew from their influences (Howlin Wolf was largely influenced by country yodeler Jimmie Rodgers) EC did too, but he found his voice from within him and not some ripoff of black musicians BECAUSE his blues are authentic.
    You're too hung up on appropriating the blues and in this instance there's nothing comparable to Hillary pandering a fake drawl in front of black parishioners. Not even close.
     
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    Into 5 pages and nobody has mentioned these guys??? Maybe not the greatest singers, but sure did a big part in a lot of people discovering the blues.

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    Guess we'll just agree to disagree.
     
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    Marc Broussard - Cry To Me-Acoustic (Solomon Burke Cover).

    The first time I heard Marc sing Home I thought he was black with as soulful as his voice is. It may help that he grew in the bayou country of my home state of Louisiana where blues music has been quite prolific.
     
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    Bleedin' Gums Murphy : The blues isn't about feeling better. It's about making other people feel WORSE, and making a few bucks while you're at it.
     
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    One time my 2 brothers and I were visiting my parents and we were watching the Blues Brothers movie and our dad was watching it with us in teh living room and our mom was in the other room reading a book. Our Dad was a Trumpet player and played for a while in a big band orchestra and his favorite trumpet player was Louis Armstrong.

    Dad wasn't really interested in the movie and was falling asleep. But when the part came on with Cab Callaway singing minnie the moocher he just about jumped out of his chair and yelled, "WOW !!! CAB CALLOWAY!!!"

    It was a real treat for him. The Blues brothers had some great musicians playing behind them, notably Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn how had played behind Otis Redding and Wilson Picket. Ands lets not fo get who was in that movie, John Lee Hooker, a Gen-U-wine Bluesman.
     
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    There's a British guitarist named Danny Page (no relation to Jimmy Page); not well-known, but he's got a couple of minor albums out. He sat down one day about 6 years ago and did a slow blues number in D-minor that I absolutely love:

     
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    When I used to go see blues acts there were no black people in the audience. I think blues had a pretty white mix of performers and fans years ago


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    Buddy Guy devoted some space in his autobiography to this very topic i.e. how black audiences turned away from the blues. It apparently really bothered Junior Wells who began trying to adopt a James Brown style in order to get more blacks to come to his shows.

    BTW getting back to my OP, I don't think Muddy Waters was saying whites couldn't sing the blues, rather that the blues have to come from a place of authenticity i.e. sound like who you are. The blues are not biased in terms of race or geography which is why Lester Young said what he did about Frank Sinatra and "Blues In The Night".

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ED5EvBzpmA0