Well Worn Blues
My second CD dives deeper into the roots of Delta blues. I play the primitive one-string diddley bow on the haunting 'Well Worn Blues', and a four-string cigar box guitar with toothpick frets on the driving 'Second Chance.' The raw sound of these forgotten instruments can express human emotions as deeply as their more sophisticated guitar cousins. Just like my first CD, I am playing songs from the 1920-1930's Delta performers as well as six of my own songs, on metal resonator guitars, wood guitars and harmonica, as a one man band. No mutitracking tricks, it is recorded as I play it, from my heart to yours! Fairfax Times article on Curtis Blues: One-man band embodies the blues By Ed Turner Curtis Blues knows how to reach deep into blues country. He knows how to heat up his vocals to belt out the raw, edgy, passionate sounds of the Mississippi Delta blues of the '20s and '30s. He also knows how to make the tunes of blues legends Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson, Charlie Patton and others sound fresh and true. At Bangkok Blues in Falls Church, Blues, a Springfield resident and one-man band surrounded by a dozen musical instruments that he plays in his show, launches into Son House's "Preaching the Blues." And Blues has the audience's rapt attention. He may be a white, suburban guy playing the blues, but his sounds transcend that stereotype and he simply becomes a bluesman, laying out gritty, powerful, emotional songs from the heart. "Curtis is entirely unique in that he's a white guy playing the blues the way it's supposed to be played," says Wave Milor, who performs and writes for ACME Blues Company and the Idle Americans. "He goes back to the very roots of the blues and what he does musically, it takes three people in my band to do." Blues, in fact, plays the harmonica, six different guitars -- including a dobro, a cigar box guitar, a one-string 'diddley bow' guitar -- and the bass drum and cymbals during his show. And his vocals, slide-playing and harmonica shine. "I have no idea how he plays all those instruments together," says Milor. "I sing and play the harmonica in my band, and I don't do them at the same time and that's still a lot for me." "Curtis lives the blues," adds Chai Sirobongkot, the former owner of Bangkok Blues, who now plays in several bands. "I just never saw anybody so dedicated, so into the blues. He sings very powerfully and is very, very emotional. He lives music and doesn't care about anything else." Twelve years ago, Blues decided to play solo. "It's wonderful to perform and do my thing," says Blues, who formerly played rock. "The physical experience of having every part of your body performing music, from your toes to your mouth, is a complete immersion experience."