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Bob Walsh, one of Canada's preeminent blues men, teaches us that you don't need to live south of the Mason-Dixon line to ...
sing the blues.
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Rebecca Brayton: With a career spending over three decades, Bob Walsh serves as a bridge between the St. Lawrence and the Mississippi Rivers. Hi! I’m Rebecca Brayton and welcome to watchmojo.com and today, we’re speaking with this Bluesman.
So, when did you begin getting interested in playing music?
Bob Walsh: Apparently, when I was born, I screened out quite a lot and that was my first blues numbers. Many years later, there’s an opportunity to get free beer in the bar, so I used to bring my guitar from time to time and next thing you know, they were hiring me.
Rebecca Brayton: Who were and are your biggest influences?
Bob Walsh: Back in those days, I guess just prior to the Beatles and the Beatles themselves, playing country music I guess—and things like that, it’s what we use to play when we were kids.
Rebecca Brayton: What do you call the blues?
Bob Walsh: As everybody knows, the blues are byproduct of slavery and what happened down south and that’s where the blues came from.
I always had it, my ear turned a little more so when I heard Ray Charles and Lewis Armstrong and things like that and for some reason that appealed to me way more than whatever else, whether it be Frank Sinatra or whatever else was popular in those days.
Rebecca Brayton: What other styles of music are influenced by blues?
Bob Walsh: Well, basically rock and roll is all from there. Take the beginnings of the people like the Rolling Stones and—. Their first songs, there’s always a tangy Robert Johnson or some of the old. They went and got their songs basically from old blues players.
Rebecca Brayton: Do you lend any greetings to the idea that to sing the blues, you have to miserable?
Bob Walsh: You have to be miserable? No. But having understanding it for sure because otherwise, it’s just like anything else, it will just fly by you it. The minute your hit on the asset, your birth is reason enough to have the blues because you’re in that comfortable place which was your mother’s womb and the minute they take you out of there, it’s revolt from that time on. What the blues transpires is the message is not being well off with the surroundings or whatever mess you’ve got in yourself into basically.