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[ Blues ]

Then & Now. 

“King Bee”
Bernard Fowler — Rolling On The River.
For The Love Of Money
((( remix )))


Robert Johnson

For decades, this 5-cent (photo booth) portrait was one of only a few photographs of Robert Johnson known to exist. The scarcity of pictures has  always added to the lore around Robert Johnson, the original bluesman, Coming to the Crossroads, and making a Faustian Deal With The Devil.

“Cross Road Blues”
Robert Johnson (Biography)
1936 — Where and when the Blues chose its path into the Mississippi Delta.
((( a deal maker )))


Crossroads (movie) 1986

After meeting, and making his deal with The Devil, Robert Johnson  had crossed over to the dark side, and set out on a path that led him “Further On Down The Road,” deep into the Mississippi Delta, Uptown to Harlem, and in the end, Straight To Hell.

Wine Women & Song

“Crossroads” is a 1980s interpretation of Robert Johnson‘s Deal With The Devil story. Steve Vai appears as the devil’s virtuoso in the climactic guitar duel with Ralph Macchio, the movie’s lead character, whose guitar is played by Ry Cooder.
LOVE IN VAIN ROBERT JOHNSON (GRAPHIC NOVEL)
MANY RIVERS TO CROSS (PBS)

“The Devil Is Singing Our Song”
Tommy Bolin w/ The James Gang

1973 Tommy Bolin was a talented young guitar player from Boulder, Colorado, playing in a band called Zephyr, when Mahavishnu Orchestra drummer Billy Cobham saw him, and asked if he’d play guitar on his new record, Spectrum? Bolin accepted, and the result was one of Fusion (Electric Jazz) music’s most important albums.

((( rock n jazz )))

Storyville New Orleans, Louisiana (1911)

“Proud Mary
Ike & Tina Turner
Rollin’ On The River
((( soul of the river )))


Ani DiFranco (1999) Travel Channel

The “Mighty” Mississippi
River of Song (PBS) Ani DiFranco, explores the music still being played in the small clubs and jukes along the Mississippi River … those joints that have been preserved in a more honest time.
Rufus Thomas, Little Milton, Levon Helm, Ann Peebles, Memphis Horns, “Nutbush City Limits,” Stax Records, Sun Studio, James “Blood” Ulmer, Vernon Reid, Skip “Little Axe” McDonald, On-U Sound …

“Take Me To The River
Annie Lennox w/ Doug Wimbish
Medusa 
1995
((( song )))


life magazine

Selma Happened
The Bridge
MARCH 7, 1965 — Bloody Sunday

“Cross That River”
Allan Harris
Cross That River
1850 From a slave on a Northwest Louisiana cotton plantation, across the Red River to live a Free life in Texas. 
((( cry for freedom )))

— yZ.

1851 The Great Escape
BLUE WAS ANGRY / CROSS THAT RIVER
FREDERICK DOUGLASS / FIRST TO BE FREE
W.E.B. DU BOIS
HARRIET TUBMAN / UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
HARRIET TUBMAN / UNDERGROUND RAILROAD (Alt.)
JOHN BROWN / HARPER’S FERRY
BACK TO THE BRIDGE
1852
1853
1854
1855
1856
1857
1858
Abolitionists
1859
1860Decades of political controversy over slavery were brought to a head by the victory in the 1860 U.S. presidential election of Abraham Lincoln
Civil War (Timeline)
1861
1862
1863
1864
1865 — Civil War Ends, Lincoln Assassinated, KKK is born.
JUNE 19, 1865 GALVESTON, TEXAS
Independence Day
Emancipation Day
Freedom Day 
Jubilee Day 
Liberation Day
Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it is now celebrated annually (June 19) throughout the United States, with varying official recognition. It is commemorated on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865 Announcement by Union Army General Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas.

((( video)))

Allan Harris and his band playing “Blue Was Angry” (Cross That River) at the South Miami Performing Arts Center (2015).

Allan Harris Cross That River 

2003 — With Cross That River Allan Harris tells the seldom told African American story of the escaped slaves who crossed the Red River from Louisiana to Texas, and found free and equal justice west of The Mississippi River.

THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS (PBS)

Cross That River
1850 Allan Harris tells the seldom-told African American story.
Blue was a cotton-picking slave on a Louisiana plantation, who made a death-defying escape across the Red River, into Texas, where he lived the rest of his life a free man. Driving cattle on the Chisholm Trail, Blue worked with equal rights and for equal pay, afforded to any cowboy, no matter the color of their skin, or where they came from. For the first time, Blue was valued for his abilities, not as a Piece of Property. Blue became part of a community that grew quickly, and came to be known as the “Black Cowboys.” As Free (and ambitious) African-American men, the “Black Cowboys” took a rightfully prominant place in the Gilded Age, as it was in Midwest America. Many African Americans settled in cities along the Chisholm Trail — In Texas, where the Emancipation Proclamation was read, and at the end of the Trail, especially the terminal in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the  Black Upperclass, Greenwood neighborhood prospered, and came to be known as the Black Wall Street.

1921As the “Roaring 20s,” Black Wall Street’s success rivaled that in New York City ater victim of white supremacists at after the end of The Civil War, and at the important Chisholm Trail Terminus, Tulsa, the site of The Tulsa Race Massacre (June 1, 1921).

1860Decades of political controversy over slavery piqued with the (1860 U.S. presidential) election of Abraham Lincoln.
Civil War (Timeline)
1861
1862
1863
1864
1865 — Civil War Ends
Lincoln Assassinated, Birth of the KKK.
JUNE 19, 1865 GALVESTON, TEXAS
Independence Day
Emancipation Day
Freedom Day 
Jubilee Day 
Liberation Day
Juneteenth  Annual Holiday celebrating Emancipation.

 June 19, 1865 In Galveston, Texas, Union Army General Gordon Granger, reads the proclamation granting Freedom from Slavery for all African Americans in Texas. (Cross That River)

[ Blue ]

Was Angry.

Living Colour (discography)
Tack>>Head (discography)
Little Axe (discography)

Bernard Fowler (discography)