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Talkin' Blues with John Scofield

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AAJ: I wonder if gospel isn't the root of it all. Remember the B.B. King album, the one with Bobby Blue Bland
Bobby Blue Bland
Bobby Blue Bland
1930 - 2013
vocalist
, and they yell out, "Let's go to church with it!" and they all fall into a driving gospel rhythm.

JS: Yeah, that's the thing, we don't really know. I bet gospel was probably around before the twelve bar blues progression, I imagine black church music was one of the first things to happen.

AAJ: Okay John, I've already kept you too long, but I really appreciate your time and it's been a lot of fun.

JS: Thanks Alan, I've enjoyed it too. I'm in Germany a lot, so keep an eye out and I'll see you the next time I'm over there.

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