I was in Chicago for a few days and had the pleasure of visiting Buddy Guy’s Legends Blues Bar. The place ooozes history. From the signed SRV guitar, the Grammies, pictures of him jamming with Bowie and Clapton, this was a place you had to visit.
Anyways, we were watching the opening act that night and the guy said something very important regarding Robert Johnson. I really wish I remembered the guy’s name as I was innebriated at the time, but his point was insightful and obvious if you thought about it.
He was talking about first and second generation blues players and how many great players aren’t remembered. Why? Because they don’t do anything worth remembering. He went on to say Robert Johnson was remembered as he took the blues and made it his own. Johson’s style was different. It was unique. It stood out.
As an artist, do you want fit in with everyone else and dissolve in the clutter or do you have something new and unique to offer that will turn heads?