I used to frequent the forums of Weenie Campbell to expand my oeuvre of music beyond traditional country blues.
In my earlier days, I used to judge contemporary country blues artist by how they played songs I was familiar with.
My mindset used to limit me!
As I matured as a musician and as a listener, I became much more interested in artists that would play in the style, not just play slavish copies of source material. After all, all the country blues greats played regional and popular songs in their own style which led them to producing great music.
Paul Geremia is a player that really stands out to me as a living country blues artist. Using 12 strings, 6 strings, harmonica, and his voice, Paul always paints a picture through his work.
From crosses between Blind Boy Fuller’s Walking My Blues Away (part 2) and Thelonious Monk’s Blue Monk, to a cover of Robert Johnson’s Come In My Kitchen with Skip James-esque falsetto, Geremia was never afraid to experiment to push the genre.
Also, it’s important to note that Paul is one of the greatest exponents of playing the music of Blind Lemon Jefferson. A video of his version of Shuckin’ Sugar Blues is shown below.
In some ways, I think Geremia’s voice prepped me for later country music I listened to. He definitely had a great twang to his voice when he wanted.
Paul also hung out with Howling Wolf and Hubert Sumlin in his apartment! Check out the story here!
Unfortunately, Paul had a stroke in 2014, and his career is on hold. You can support him and his family at through this Paypal link.