This is the tenth installment of this category featuring recordings of outstanding performances by noteworthy guitarists – or – outstanding guitarists giving noteworthy performances.
Good day, Viewers & Readers! Let me introduce you to…
“Tootie Blues” by Paul Geremia.
Give a listen. (You’ll be glad you did!)
That recording was released in March 2004 on Paul’s Red House Records album Love, Murder & Mosquitos.
The song “Tootie Blues” was originally recorded in 1928 on Paramount Records by Blind Blake, the master Piedmont Blues fingerpicking guitarist & singer from Jacksonville, Florida.
Paul Geremia was born on April 21, 1944 in Providence, Rhode Island. He recorded his first album – “Just Enough” – in 1968 for Folkways Records and his eleventh and most recent one – “Love My Stuff” – in 2011 for Red House.
His phenomenal skill as a 6 and 12-string acoustic guitarist and his passionate dedication to keeping the timeless music of the Country Blues players of the 1920’s and 1930’s alive and very well has made him a truly legendary artist.
If listening to that performance of “Tootie Blues” from Love, Murder & Mosquitos did not convince you that Paul Geremia was at one time “the greatest living performer of the East Coast and Texas fingerpicking and slide styles,” but also “a national treasure,” then maybe watching him perform it will do the trick.
The following video is from the 2007 Vestapol Productions DVD Guitar Artistry of Paul Geremia – Six & Twelve String Blues.
Enjoy. (Watch his fingers! Whew!)