Not that anyone was waiting on pins and needles, necessarily…. but…. we’ve been a bit behind these past couple weeks. So, without any further ado, here’s the final installment in our series, which sprang to life as a series of advertisements that were inspired by (or were theme and variation on) existing blues LP covers.
These ones, however, are a bit different, in that their inspiration comes from elsewhere. The first one might take a moment, simply because the inside reference isn’t necessarily a blues one, but here’s a link in case you need a little help jogging your memory.
The next one, quite frankly, never came out quite to our satisfaction. Although we liked the idea of centering it around Lightnin’ Slim’s famous rallying cry (“Well, blow your harmonica, son!”), and thought the subtlety of having a picture of Son-ny Terry was a nice touch — after seven different versions and various color schemes, we gave up. It is making its first (and last) public appearance in this post.
Finally, that brings us to our very last ad. And quite frankly, it is our favorite. The inspiration struck after finding a picture of Son House on the internet, in which someone had added radiating sunbeams to the background, creating an image that one might interpret in a couple of different ways (religious, of course, being one of them). And, since Charley Patton has often been referred to as the “father” of Delta blues, we thought it all fit perfectly together. Although we don’t know who did the photo-shopped Son House picture, the drawing of Patton is by legendary cartoonist and illustrator, R. Crumb (just to give credit where credit is due!) The words, of course, will probably be familiar to anyone who ever spent a Sunday morning in the pew of a church.
That’s it for now! Our next post will be part two of our tribute to Mike Leadbitter, Simon Napier, and Blues Unlimited magazine.