Re: [Harp-L] SPAH 2016
Mick, how was Don Les' diatonic playing perceived
by the old chrom school? I suppose he had license because
of his bass/Harmonicats pedigree, but still.....
As I understand it, Jerry Murad was not keen for
Don to display his diatonic skills in the Harmonicats.
On 15 April 2016 at 21:49, Mick Zaklan <mzaklan@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I think it might be close to non-existent now and maybe I should have
> clarified that. Might even be masked in or blurred into some other issues;
> noise volume, what people choose to wear or look like, ability to read
> music, blues music, etc. I've been eavesdropping on old timers bitching
> about this stuff for over 20 years at the fests. I hear a lot less of it
> these days. I think part of it was a generation gap or two between the
> chromatic players and the diatonic folk. That Memphis convention might
> have been the peak of it. You had Stan Harper labeling diatonic players as
> "young crappers" in the local newspaper and I think around that time you
> had Blackie Schackner's essay on the superiority of the chromatic over the
> diatonic. You had a group of chromatic legends sitting around a bar at the
> hotel whining about the fact that none of these young whippersnappers
> seemed interested in playing the old tunes. That "when we go, it all goes
> with us".
> I think Madcat, Joe Filisko, and others have created so much good will
> and graciousness at the conventions while representing the diatonic that I
> think the two groups have made peace. There are just too many diatonic
> players doing incredible stuff with the instrument to ignore or bumrap.
> Maybe we blues people will be sitting around a hotel bar in the near future
> whining about how none of these young kids wants to play "Mojo" or "Big
> Boss Man" anymore! Music and everything else moves in cycles.
> Mick Zaklan
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