White Guy On Bass

The movie The Blues Brothers, which I have seen uncountable times and know the dialogue like the back of my hand, was a comedy. But it was much more than that. It was a vehicle by which Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi could share their love of a style of music. A bluesy, soul-filled, driving style that just makes you want to move an do something. Ray Charles made you want to shake your tail feather, Aretha demanded that you think about the consequences of your actions, and James Brown demanded that you go back to the foundation of your life. Dan and John spent a considerable part of their fame to promote this style of “Blues”. There were a ton of folks who wanted to get in on the act:

As morning surfing would have it, I stumbled across a video on Youtube of a live performance of one of the tunes featured in the movie. Jake and Elwood were on a mission from God and had to put the band back together to save the orphanage. Sam and Dave told the world “Hold on! I’m coming…” I’m not sure what the venue was, but Sam and Dave did it just fine, even if the bass player was white.


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