May 30, 2014

Blues legends: James Cotton and Keith Richards rehearsing... superb!

James Cotton and Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones) performing Little Red Rooster during rehearsals for the Hubert Sumlin benefit concert... Many hard rock legends (like Keith Richards down here) see the blues as the deepest level/substratum of their musical experience, they must periodically return to blues.

"Little Red Rooster" (or "The Red Rooster" as it was first titled) is a blues standard credited to arranger and songwriter Willie Dixon. The song was first recorded in 1961 by American blues musician Howlin' Wolf in the Chicago blues style. His vocal and slide guitar playing are key elements of the song. It is rooted in the Delta blues tradition and the theme is derived from folklore. Musical antecedents to "Little Red Rooster" appear in earlier songs by blues artists Charlie Patton and Memphis Minnie. - cf Wiki - Little Red Rooster